Things to do on the Swartberg Circle Route
Activities Oudtshoorn Area
Activities Oudtshoorn stretch over the Schoemanshoek and Volmoed areas.
CP Nel Museum
The Museum owes its origin to the private collection of Colonel Charles Paul Nel, who was a successful businessman and a collector of antiquities. A day before his death in 1951, he officially entrusted his collection to a Board of Trustees. Over the years the collection has been considerably enlarged.
Cango Wildlife Ranch
Provide guided tours which are fundamental in their education programs, giving each species a voice, and enlightening the public on animal and environmental issues.
Buffelsdrift Game Lodge
Experience an array of wildlife including Elephants, Rhino, Cape Buffalo, Giraffe, Hippo and over 200 bird species. We also offer African Bush Safaris, Meerkat Safaris, Elephant Feeding, Walking & Brushing Experiences. Explore here!
Cango Ostrich Show Farm
Cango Ostrich Show Farm is located in the lush Cango Valley, Schoemanshoek, 14km outside of Oudtshoorn on the main route towards the world famous Cango Caves. We have a very exclusive style whereby we ensure each person individual attention. Explore here!
Karusa Premium Wine producer & Craft Brewery.
Well-known for its Cap Classique and Mediterranean-styled wines, Karusa is a family-operated and managed Southern Cape Premium Wine producer & Craft Brewery. Explore here!
Rus en Vrede Waterfall
The waterfall is hidden among the bracken-clad heights; therefore a walk over little bridges is required along the mountain trail. You are inspired by the beautiful wild flowers that bloom in great profusion alongside the path while far below amidst ferns and undergrowth, a mountain stream ripples over rocky edges.
A Zipline with a difference – a double line Zip over two stages (two people slide side by side). Starting at the parking area of the Caves – the teaser Zip is some 180 meters over a deep Karoo ravine and then the 500 meters down to the Cango Caves estate venue over a Game enclosure!
Water slides, Great family FUN! Water slides are open daily from 11:00 – 17:00. Guests can choose between 30min or one hour sessions. Please note, children must be able to swim to make use of the water slides. Explore here!
Situated in a limestone ridge parallel to the well known Swartberg Mountains, you will find the finest drip-stone caverns, with their vast halls and towering formations.
The Swartberg mountains are part of the Cape fold mountain range. When travelling over the Swartberg Pass, impressive rock formations and beautiful scenic views will be experienced.
Spore in die Suid-Kaap/Footprints in the Southern Cape
An educational tour company specializing in adventure, cultural and sport tours in South Africa with a special focus on the Southern Cape. Explore here!
Chandelier Game Lodge & Ostrich Show Farm
At Chandelier you can stand face-to-face with our giraffeswhile you hand feed them. Enjoy the opportunity to experience sitting, riding or feeding an ostrich or get close up photos of one of Africa’s most popular members of the “Big Five” while enjoying our Buffalo experience. Explore here!
Swartberg Mountain Tours
Your specialist in day trips and ECO excursions on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site near Oudtshoorn in the Western Cape. All our guides at Swartberg Mountain Tours are truly passionate about what they do and Theta Qualified. Tours are presented in Nederlands, Français, English, Afrikaans. Explore here!
Berluda Ostrich Tours
Join Leon on a tour of one of the biggest ostrich farms, and learn more about the unique products of this big bird such as the leather, feathers and healthy meat. A visit to the hatchery completes this unforgettable experience.
Other activities at Wilgewandel
Enjoy other activities at Wilgewandel such as donkey cart rides, pedal cars, animals to feed and our Curio Shop. Open 365 days of the year from 08:30 to 17:00. Explore here!
Berluda Game Drives
End your perfect day with a sunset safari at Berluda Farmhouse and Cottages and discover the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the Little Karoo. An opportunity to see not only species such as giraffe, springbok, kudu, eland and wildebeest, but also some of the almost 150 species of birds, including the fish eagle.
True South Travel activities
True South Travel offers guided tours, hikes and bicycle rides and rustic mountain hut accommodation in the Swartberg Mountains (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). We also introduce our guests to the Southern Celestial “High 5” stargazing experience. Explore here!
Wildehondekloof Game Drives
Enjoy sunrise & sunset game drives to see all types of buck species including: zebra, eland, kudu and more. Explore our diverse birdlife & other small animals on the reserve.
Activities Prince Albert Area
The remote and isolated Gamkaskloof valley is about 90km from Oudtshoorn and 60km from Prince Albert and is only accessible via the Otto du Plessis Road, which turns off from the Swartberg Pass.
The Showroom Theatre
The Showroom Theatre in Prince Albert in the Great Karoo is a world class performing arts venue. It brings you musical performances – from classical to contemporary, drama, comedy and film. Explore here!
Prince Albert Olives
Fruit is grown and harvested in orchards in Prince Albert and outside the town near the Gamka river. The region is known for its clean and healthy air with ample sunlight and very cold winters. Explore here!
Activities Calitzdorp Area
Calitzdorp Wine Cellar
The Calitzdorp area is well-known for its fortified wines; primarily port, and is worth a stop along the world’s longest wine route. Calitzdorp Cellar has produced a number of award winning white, red and fortified wines since 1928.
KRUISRIVIER GALLERY and COFFEE SHOP
What a wonderful surprise! A quality little Gallery and coffee shop situated amongst farms at the foot of the beautiful Swartberg Mountains. It lies on a stunningly beautiful country road between Calitzdorp and Oudtshoorn and is open from 9am to 5pm every day of the week.
Our Spa is famous for its natural healing waters with rejuvenating mineral water, which bubbles up from mother earth and contains many minerals with iron and manganese in abundance. The natural hot spring baths will soothe the stress of modern living, leaving you relaxed and ready for whatever eventuality the future may hold for you.
Dutch Reformed Church
Dutch Reformed Church in Calitzdorp were declared a national monument in 1991. Church ceremonies still take place in the church every sunday morning at 09:30.
Gamka River Safari Co – Calitzdorp
Experience the “Klein Karoo” on horseback and capture the essence of the Klein Karoo.
Activities De Rust Area
Soaring cliff walls with spectacular rock formations line the 25km tarred road which leads along the floor of the gorge, crossing the “Groot River” 25 times. This is a gateway between the Klein & Great Karoo. A beautiful waterfall is nestled in the poort, easy walking distance from the road.
De Rustica Olive Estate
De Rustica Olive Estate consistently produces award winning extra virgin olive oil of the highest quality. The estate is passionate about its range of olive oils, and all are blended to perfection to create a top quality range to suit all tastes.