Oudtshoorn Tourism & Travel Guide

11 Days
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Swartberg Pass, a lazy lizard and braii time

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Brittany Leighstone
Road Tripping in South Africa

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Vaibhav Annam
South Africa: Cape to Cape self drive family vacation

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16 Days
Roadtrip - West to East Cape - South Africa

A glimpse from our 2 week roadtrip from West to East Cape in South Africa, with ...

Ruchika Mathur

Safari Ostrich Show Farm
R328 Road, 6 KM From Oudtshoorn Towards Mossel Bay, Oudtshoorn 6620
Cali Craft & Gems
9 Baron van Reede Street, Shop 3, Oudtshoorn 6625
Waterval Rust en Vrede
Cango Caves Road, Oudtshoorn
De Zeekoe Farm
P.O.Box 226, Oudtshoorn 6620
Meerkat Magic
Scenic Cape Route 62, Oudtshoorn 6620

I headed towards Knysna after brunch at Santos Express and visited the pretty Victoria Bay en route (couples, you have to go here). Eugene had told me about a secret trail some 20 kms before I would reach Knysna. Drupkelders Trail. Trivia - not more than 12 people are allowed on this trail at any given time. What you get at the end of this 4 km hike into the forest is something intensely soothing. Rocky pools with cascading river water having a dark green color owing to tannin from the leaves. The day I went, I happened to be the only person on the trail and thus I felt like it was my own private swimming pool. I reached Knysna in the evening and headed straight to the Knysna Heads, which has some stunning views of the lagoon opening into the ocean. That evening as the water receded in the lagoon, got to see two unique things – a group of people baptizing one of their own and people searching for bloodworms (fish baits).
Richard, my host at Swellendam told me about the Cango Caves and Cango Wildlife Ranch in Oudtshoorn. I made my way through the majestic Tradouw Pass on R324 and passed through the towns of Ladismith and Calitzdorp before reaching Oudtshoorn. For Port Wine lovers, Calitzdorp offers some of the best Port Wine there is. I reached Cango Wildlife Ranch around 3 pm in the afternoon and got to live my childhood dream of petting a Cheetah in there. I reached Mossel Bay by dinner time and checked into a Backpackers hostel.
Mossel Bay
The next day would turn out to be the most intense day of my trip. I went hiking on St Blaize Trail early in the morning. The trail takes you onto the cliffs overlooking the ocean and is a good 13 km long. The weather was cloudy. So, with crepuscular sun rays piercing the clouds to hit the surface of the ocean, waves lashing onto the sedimentary rock formations and a cave which is known to have housed a core population which showed first signs of modern human behavior, this trail was a surreal brush with the past.

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