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South Africa: Oudtshoorn & Surrounds

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An August 2011 trip to Oudtshoorn by Essexgirl09

Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden Photo, Worcester, South Africa More Photos
Quote: Places to visit/stay/eat in and around Oudtshoorn

Jemima's Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Treat Yourself"

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While staying just outside Oudtshoorn, in South Africa's Klein Karoo region, we decided to go into town for dinner one night. We had only spent a brief time in the town that day, enough to discover that it wasn't a particularly exciting town and there didn't seem too many restaurant that stood out. Consulting our guide books we all noted that Jemima's on Baron van Reede Street was recommended by all the different books, so decided to book there. There were nine of us eating on a Thursday night. At the time of visiting the rate of exchange was R11.50 to the UK pound sterling, and R7.50 to the US Dollar. We had garnered from the guide books that this wouldn't be the cheapest meal we had eaten....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 18, 2011

Jemima's Restaurant
94 Baron van Reede Street
Oudtshoorn, Western Cape 6620

Cango Caves

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Attraction | "Cave Adventures"

Cango Caves Photo, Oudtshoorn, South Africa
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The Cango Caves were one of my highlights of my holiday in South Africa. They are situated just outside the Western Cape town of Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo region. The caves apparently began forming 20 million years ago, but the stalactites and stalagmites didn't grow until three million years ago. Although ancient man had used the caves they were re-discovered in 1780 by a Dutch farmer looking for his missing flock. It became South Africa's first tourist attraction and is still one of the most popular today. The caves are open every day except Christmas Day and they run two types of tour. The Standard tour costs R60 (£6/US$9.20) and lasts an hour, and leave from 9am to 4pm on the...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 18, 2011

Cango Caves
Oudtshoorn
Knysna, South Africa

Cango Ostrich and Butterfly farm

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Attraction | "You too Cango to an Ostrich Farm"

Cango Ostrich and Butterfly farm Photo, Oudtshoorn, South Africa
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On my trip around South Africa's Western Cape we stopped at the Cango Ostrich Farm near Oudtshoorn. They do 45min tours at a cost of R65 (£5.65/US$8.65) for adults (reduced prices for children and groups). Whilst this farm doesn't actually farm ostriches for meat or other by-products, it does incubate eggs which are then taken to other farms where they may be farmed conventionally (i.e. for the meat and skin). In the introduction of our tour we were shown examples of ostrich skin products before being taken around the farm. We saw the incubation room where the eggs are kept, but it was empty as it was out of laying season. Outside we got to visit with a dwarf ostrich and another ostrich called B...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 18, 2011

Cango Ostrich and Butterfly farm
P.O.Box 1418
Oudtshoorn, Western Cape 6620
27 (0)44 272 462

De Poort Country Lodge

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Hotel | "Divine De Poort"

De Poort Country Lodge Photo, Oudtshoorn, South Africa
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One of the favourite places I stayed during my trip to South Africa's Western Cape is De Poort Country Lodge, just outside Oudtshoorn, on the Mountain Route. You would need your own transport to get here, as it is about 15km from town, but it is a well appointed country lodge with lots of charm. While remote, it is set amongst some beautiful countryside. There is also a pool here, but the weather was not on our side. When we arrived we were met by the owners' daughter Leonrita (her parents are Leon and Rita) who took us through some basic house rules. Some rooms are outside the main house with their own entrance, but mine was inside the house and up some stairs. I had a twin room to m...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 10, 2011

De Poort Country Lodge
Route 62, Cango Valley
Little Karoo, Oudtshoorn

Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden

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Attraction | "Karoo"

Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden Photo, Worcester, South Africa
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On South Africa's Western Cape's 'Mountain Route' (the inland equivalent of the Garden Route') also known as Route 62 is the Karoo Botanical Gardens. The area is known as the Klein Karoo (which means 'dry') and is based near the town of Worcester, which is approximately 100km from Cape Town. We visited early on a crisp, dry August morning, about 9am and we had the park to ourselves. Although the time of year was winter in this part of the world, the late-winter to spring period is apparently a good time to visit. The plants here are mainly succulents (water-retaining) which suit the arid soil conditions, and is apparently the only garden of its type in the Southern Hemisphere.. The Ga...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 9, 2011

Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden
Roux Road, Panorama
Worcester, South Africa

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Essexgirl09

Essexgirl09
London, United Kingdom