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NAJC20 Day 18: Oudtshoorn

Oudtshoorn, South Africa

Spend time this morning participating in the extra activities available in the resort town of Plettenberg Bay, the winter months offer some of the finest Whale Watching in the world. We journey through the spectacular Outeniqua Mountains toward Oudtshoorn,  and we end the day making our way to the Ostrich Farm where we will be guided on a tour learning all about the world’s largest birds.

Known as the Ostrich Capital of the World, Oudtshoorn named after Baron Pieter vod Rheede von Oudtshoorn, who died whilst making his way to the Cape in order to become Governor in 1773. Established in 1847, the town is located 300 metres above sea level, with the Swartberg Mountain range to the north and the Outeniqua range to the south. The home of Cornelius Jacob Langenhoven, Arbeidsgenot, was constructed here. Langhoven was in fact the author of the former South African National anthem “Die Stem”, part of which is still featured in the current National anthem. Ostrich feathers where must-have fashion items for the upper class just prior to World War I. The grand ‘feather boom’ started in 1870 with more than 750,000 domesticated ostriches being kept in the Little Karoo region, thus allowing an export of approximately 450,000 kgs of feathers per annum. World War I came soon after this boom, leaving austerity to become a way of showing support for War efforts. Numerous famers declared bankruptcy during this time but in later year, the ostrich farming industry was revived due to demand for ostrich leather, biltong, eggs and feathers. Currently, there are approximately 90,000 ostriches contained in the Little Karoo.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Kleinplaas Resort or similar
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Plettenberg Bay to Oudtshoorn  ±150 km
Included Highlight: Plettenberg Bay Beaches, Ostrich Farm Tour
Optional Activity: Ocean Safari, Township Tour, Sea Kayaking and Whale Watching (in Season)

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