Oudtshoorn – Cango Caves and Ostriches
Oudtshoorn is an interesting place and it is worth spending at least a day here – or better still two, if you can.
The Cango Caves are fascinating and the tours here are well run. If you want to do the Adventure Trail, don’t eat too much on your trip in case you get stuck – the gaps are very narrow!
Flora and Fauna
Oudtshoorn Ostrich Farm
It’s one thing to see ostriches in the fields by the roadside – that was a first for me. It is quite another to see them up close and personal on a visit to Cango Ostrich Farm.
You can learn a lot about these interesting creatures n a short visit. You can also stand on their eggs, have an ostrich hug and – if you are very brave – ride an ostrich. I didn’t think it was very nice to do that – the birds have to have a bag put over their head before they are allowed to make the run.
Must Do - An Ostrich Hug!
Ostriches attack with their clawed feet – a swipe can tear through your flesh – so always approach them from behind!
Biltong – I tried biltong again – a 10 rand packet bought from the Biltong Den in town this time. It was much nicer than what was served up at the hotel in Cape Town.
Learning the Lingo
Braai – BBQ
Robot – traffic light
Souvenir I'm Glad I Bought
A feather duster – or two! The feather dusters here are top quality of course, as you would expect. They come in all sizes, shapes and colours. They even have cute little dusters just made for computer keyboards – the perfect souvenirs – pretty and useful too!
Wish I Had Seen
We would have liked to visit the CP NEL Museum in town, but it shuts on Saturdays – and by 5 in the week. It has displays that tell you all about the history of Oudtshoorn and the role of the ostrich trade. We could easily have spent another day here.