Oudtshoorn is situated approximately 430km from Cape Town and lies between the Swartberg and Outeniqua Mountains. Offering all the amenities of a regional capital, it retains the charm and heritage of a proudly traditional rural town.
The semi-arid Klein Karoo is perfectly suited for ostrich farming, an industry dating back to the 1800s when the fine feathers were sought-after by fashionistas worldwide. Though the need for feathers has waned, the ostrich still remains one of Oudtshoorn’s most fascinating attractions and can be encountered up close and personal at a number of professional ostrich show farms.
A region is almost always defined by its food. Ostrich meat features on almost every menu – organic, healthy and tasty, almost every part of these birds are edible. Ostrich fillet steaks, burgers, sausage and bobotie are popular, healthy and delicious. You will also find a variety of game dishes and dessert fruits such as pomegranates and figs. Roosterkoek (griddle cakes) baked on an open fire, served with a savoury filling or cheese, with a variety of home-made preserves, features strongly on breakfast, lunch and dinner menus.
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