Welcome to the Klein Karoo

Volmoed, Oudtshoorn, Dysselsdorp, De Rust

The towns of Oudtshoorn and De Rust are in the Klein Karoo between the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains. Oudtshoorn is the ostrich capital of the world. The world’s biggest bird is just one of the many attractions in this area of exceptional contrasts and natural beauty. The region is home to the spectacular Cango Caves, Africa’s largest show cave system; an ecological hotspot where three distinct plant biomes (succulent karoo, cape thicket and fynbos) converge; and the Swartberg mountain range, which is part of the Cape Floral World Heritage Site.


The ostrich capital of the world is an adventure, culture and environment destination in the Klein Karoo – the unique semi-arid landscape that lies between the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountain ranges.

De Rust

De Rust is a small village with a total population of approximately 3566 at the last count in 2011, 93% of whom speak Afrikaans, but English is also widely spoken. As you can imagine, most villagers will be able to give you information of what to find where

What’s Happening in The Klein Karoo

Latest News, Upcoming Events & Specials

Latest News

Surval Boutique Olive Estate – Grandparents Day

Surval Boutique Olive Estate GRANDPARENTS DAY To be a grandparent is to experience the joy of unconditional love DATE: 7 October 2018 Fish & Chips Special Cost: R65 p/p Time: from 11:00 Contact Details Tel no: 076 256 3519 E-pos: reception@surval.co.za Website:...

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Oudtshoorn Business Chamber

Oudtshoorn Business Chamber A NETWORK EVENING DATE: 27 September 2018 Venue: Queen's Hotel, 05 Baron van Reede Street Time: 18:00 for 18:30 Cost: R50 (Members) or R80 (Non-Members) Refreshments will be served Contact Details Tel no: 044 272 6637 E-pos:...

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ABBA Tribute – Thank you for the Music

ABBA Tribute - Thank you for the music Join us on a nostalgic journey through the 70's and 80's of the previous century and enjoy all the hits of the iconic ABBA! In your town soon - Only ONE Performance. PRICE: R100 / R60 TIME: 19:30 Contact Details Tel: 021 828 9119...

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Heart of the Ostrich Industry

Oudtshoorn is the ostrich capital of the world and visitors to this town, set against the backdrop of the Swartberg and Outeniqua Mountains, can expect to have an encounter with this amazing bird.

Mermaids of the Klein Karoo

Just outside the little town of De Rust, between the Klein and Groot Karoo, is the famous Meiringspoort (canyon) with its windy river and equally windy road cutting through the gorge. According to legend, the rock pools are home to a beautiful dark-haired mermaid.

Explore the Swartberg Pass

The enigmatic bulk of the Swartberg Mountain excites the adventure in everybody visiting the Klein Karoo. The mountain range is the barrier between the Klein Karoo and the Central Karoo, the gateway to the vast Karoo.

Klein Karoo Contact Details

Oudtshoorn & De Rust, Cango Caves

Tourism Offices
Oudtshoorn & De Rust

Tel: +27 (0)44 279 2532
E-mail: info@oudtshoorn.com

80 Voortrekker Street, Oudtshoorn, Western Cape, 6625

GPS Coordinates: 33° 35' 33" S - 22° 12' 6.6" E

Cango Caves

Tel: +27 (0)44 272 7410

Cango Valleie Road, Oudtshoorn, Western Cape, 6625

GPS Coordinates: 33° 23' 33.8" S - 22° 12' 53.7" E