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Accommodation in Oudtshoorn

Oudtshoorn is known as the Ostrich capital of the world and is nestled between the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains.

Oudtshoorn has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in South Africa and boasts with natural wonders, such as the Cango Caves, Meerkats and the Swartberg Mountains world heritage site.

Ostrich Show Farms have been an important part of the Oudtshoorn tourism scene since Highgate first opened it's doors to the public way back in 1938.

Increasingly popular are the Working Ostrich Farms where tourists get to experience the true lifestyle of both the farmer and the commercial ostrich.

An Overview of Ostrich related Tourism

It could be argued that ostrich tourism started with the Ostrich Show Farms which have been entertaining tourists since the Hooper family started the concept at Highgate in 1938.

Since then more ostrich-oriented tourism concepts have been developed and more new ideas are a certainty as the ostrich farmers realise the need to diversify.

Mimosa Lodge Funded by fortunes built around ostrich feathers, and mostly built during the boom between 1900 and 1914, the beautiful old sandstone Feather Palaces leave Oudtshoorn with an interesting architectural drawcard to attract visitors.

One of the latest developments by some ostrich farmers is to provide guided tours of their Working Ostrich Farms, usually offering accommodation as well. Quite a few of the local accommodation establishments offer scrambled ostrich egg as a memorable option for their guests.

Of course, Ostrich Arts & Crafts are also inextricably linked to tourism which provides the main market for the products created.

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