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.
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 Wines & 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Safari Ostrich Farm
Safari Ostrich Farm is a working ostrich farm in Oudtshoorn, Garden Route, South Africa. It remains a must-see attraction when visiting Oudtshoorn on your Garden Route holiday. Safari Ostrich Farm is situated in the heart of “Ostrich Country” and is only 6km outside of the centre of Oudtshoorn.
Klein Karoo Ostrich Emporium
On the southern tip of Africa lies the town of Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world – where these majestic flightless birds have roamed the plains of this beautiful Klein Karoo district for centuries. This arid, sunny environment is also known as the home of Klein Karoo International Ltd, the world’s foremost producer of ostrich related products since 1945.
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.
KLEIN KAROO WINE ROUTE
More than just an excellent range of wines, the Klein Karoo Wine Route offers visitors its unique cuisine, the warmth and hospitality of its people, and the mystique of its landscape. The Klein Karoo Wine Route invites you to toast their variety!
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm has been telling the fascinating story of ostrich farming in Oudtshoorn for over a hundred years. Our tours surprise, inform, and delight visitors from all over the world.Meet ostriches face to face and learn more about ostrich farming! We are one of the most popular outdoor activities in Oudtshoorn for all ages.
Berluda Meerkat Tours
One of the highlights when visiting Berluda is the introduction of our Meerkat Family! Join us on an early morning drive down to their burrows.
Lugro Ostrich Leather Products
Lugro Ostrich Leather Products are of the highest quality. We only use the best ostrich leather. All our products are designed and handmade in our workshop by highly skilled people. Both the showroom and workshop are located at 133 Langenhoven Road, on the main road from George towards the Cango Caves.
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.
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.
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.
O for Olive
We harvest between 50 and 80 tons of olives a year. These are hand-picked and processed on site, along with our extra virgin olive oil, which is cold pressed and bottled on the property. Our friendly staff members will happily take you on a guided tour to show you the whole process. Explore here!
Fernskloof Organic Wines
With the farm being 16kms outside of Prince Albert, you have the option of relaxing on the farm, whilst being close to all that Prince Albert has to offer. Not that our town exactly has a mall.. but what there is to see and do is indeed of an authentic nature.
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.
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.
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.
De Krans Wines
De Krans Wine Cellar is situated along the upper reaches of the picturesque Gamka River Valley near Calitzdorp. The history of the farm dates back to 1890, when it was bought by the Nel family. De Krans is widely known as one of the leading port-style wine producers, as well as one of the most innovative cellars in South Africa.
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.
Doornkraal Farm and Padstal
At Doornkraal, enfolded by the foothills of the Swartberge, we’ve been making wine since the late 1800’s. This is what the farm has become famous for, but we also cultivate lucern, vegetable seed and pastures for sheep, cattle, pigs and horses.