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


Swartberg Piekniek Show Spesiale vertoning deur Jak De Priester DATUM: 30 November 2019 T’S & C’S APPLY Piekniekmaandtjie: R250 (bedien2) Pakket 1 R3500 / 2 aande Pakket 2 R2050 / 1 aand HAP & TAP Kosstalletjies met heerlike Disse, Piekniekmaandtjies, Bier,...

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Klein karoo dust for glory challenge

Perfect team building Year end Function for schools & Corporates Night trail run: 5km / 10km Mini: 1km / 10 obstacles Medium: 4-5km / 10 obstacles Pro: 8-10km / 20obstacles   DATE: 29/30 November 2019TIME: night trail runVENUE: Wilgewandel Guest farm...

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Spore in die Kaap

AvontuurkampAlle graad 1-7 leerders welkomDATE: 1 - 3 December 2019PRICE: R1120 per kampgangerT’S & C’S APPLYKruisrivier, MatjiesrivierContact DetailsTel: 082 393 1558E-pos: lynette@sporesa.co.za facebook twitter instagram

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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 Valley Road, Oudtshoorn, Western Cape, 6625

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