There are 3 big things you have to do when you go to Oudtshoorn. I would recommend at least 2 days to make sure you can enjoy your time.
Cango Ostrich Farm
Cango Ostrich Farm – There are several Ostrich farms on the route but this one came highly recommended. It is a 1-hour tour and you have a lot of time to interact with the Ostriches. Your kids will love to ride or sit on the ostriches, you will have a chance to feed them and interact with them during the guided tour. Although it seems a bit touristy (because it is) the kids loved it and probably was the most memorable thing we did in Oudtshoorn.
Cango Caves – Our children were surprisingly scared in the caves. I think it is because they have been listening to too much Harry Potter. Regardless I thought the caves were amazing. There are two tours, I recommend the heritage tour for children 12 and under. There is an adventure tour as well, but climbing into small narrow spaces in a dark cavern may be fighting for little children.
Cango Wildlife Ranch
Cango Wildlife Ranch – The Wildlife Ranch is basically a zoo, and if you are going to be going on Safari it probably won’t blow your mind. That being said it is a fun day for the kids, the tour is interesting and there is a wonderful kiddie play land with an easy going petting zoo which will provide hours of entertainment afterward.
Where to Stay with Kids in Oudtshoorn
Where we stayed: Karoo Soul– We stayed in the family “cottage” for US$60 per night. Nice and close to town, with a full kitchen and private bathroom. This was a bit more than we wanted to spend for 3 nights but definitely comfortable and the staff was super friendly. On the plus side, we received discounts to activities probably worth about $20 on the first day alone.
Hanging out in the Courtyard
The main house
Eating in Oudtshoorn
Buffelsdrift Restaurant – You can sleep here as well if you have the dough. Otherwise eat the dough in the form of amazing bread and a wonderful atmosphere.
Food here is wonderfully inexpensive, great wine and the pond fish will entertain the kiddos while the parents enjoy some time to catch up. I cannot recommend this enough!
To teach our children the meaning of gratitude, to grow as a family through love, adventure, service community and of course travel.