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Caves, Crocodiles and Ostriches: Fantastic Experiences in Oudtshoorn

Posted on Thursday, 17th Jul 2014

Each town situated in the Garden Route has its own set of pull factors, drawing tourists year round. The town of Oudtshoorn has its own unique factors which make it an ideal gateway destination: caves, crocodiles and ostriches.


Oudtshoorn is situated 420km from Cape Town along the Garden Route 

Among many things, Oudtshoorn is home to the world’s largest bird, the ostrich. It also has the largest population of ostriches and ostrich farms on this planet. A trip to an ostrich farm is one of the more popular activities in the Garden Route and is suitable for the entire family, old or young. Guests can even ride an ostrich or merely just observe these graceful animals. For people who love their red meat, they will be pleased to hear that ostrich meat is similar to beef but has less fat, cholesterol and calories, resulting in an extremely healthy red meat and a perfect alternative to beef. Many of the ostrich farms offers accommodation, with some of the luxury farms offering unique bush experiences where guests stay in luxury tented chalets. These chalets have a rustic feel, and for people who love nature, this could be the perfect outdoor and ostrich experience.


Ostrich eggs are so strong that an adult human can stand on one and it would not break

One of the most visited tourist attraction in South Africa is the Cango Caves, located only 30 kilometres outside of Outdtshoorn. The Cango Caves is a series of tunnels and caverns positioned at the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains (Little Karoo). The caves is the only show caves that you will find anywhere on the African continent. Visitors can choose between two different tours, the standard tour or the adventure tour. Both tours take you on a journey through the history of the caves and how they were discovered and formed, however the adventure tour is not for the faint hearted as it requires nerves of steel: your guide will lead you through The Tunnel of Love, a low passageway some 74 centimetres high and through The Coffin, a hexagonally-shaped hole in the shelfstone, which is the beginning and end of the final circular route. Both these tours are extremely fascinating and educational.


Cango Caves, Oudtshoorn

Cage Diving with Crocodiles, Cango Wildlife Ranch

Outdtshoorn also accommodates the Cango Wildlife Ranch, which offers sanctuary to some of the world’s most endangered species such as the cheetah and white lion. The ranch was established in 1977 as a crocodile farm and was the very first of its kind in South Africa. In 1986, the Eriksen brothers purchased the farm and decided that they wanted to practice more conservation and get involved with the plight of the endangered cheetah.

Crocodile Encounter
Crocodile Encounter

Today the ranch still boasts a large crocodile population, but it has turned its attention to the conservation of more endangered species. People visiting the ranch have the rare ability to stroke a cheetah, dive with crocodiles and play with either cheetah or tiger cubs. The ranch is all about conservation with all the entrances fees going towards the animals and there well beings.


Tiger cubs at Cango Wildlife Ranch

As many of these activities are extremely popular, African Travel Concept recommends that you book well in advance to avoid disappointment. African Travel Concept has an excellent level of knowledge of the finest accommodation establishments that will best suit your requirements.

 

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