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Often tagged the 'ostrich-feather capital of the world', Oudtshoorn is a town with broad lanes, and some beautifully maintained Victorian and Edwardian buildings. Have a look at the Oudtshoorn Info website for more information about all sorts of things.
The town itself is quite small and, apart from some of the architecture and a plethora of ostrich farms, it doesn't really have much to offer.
However, several things are certainly worth doing or seeing:
If you stay at a backpacker's, ask for discount vouchers; many of the hostels offer vouchers up to 50% off for the Ostrich farms and the Wildlife Centre.
Shosholoza Meyl has the following train:
Located just north of George on the Garden Route, take a turn off the N2 and take the N12 north. It's about an hour from George.
Whilst in Oudtshoorn, try an ostrich burger or steak. It is a local speciality, and most of the restaurants in town have them included on their menus. Ostrich meat tastes similar to lean beef and is low in fat and cholesterol, as well as high in calcium, protein and iron. When minced it tastes just like beef, and is very versatile (don't surprised to see ostrich lasagne on the menu!).
|Amber Lagoon||Langverwacht Road Oudtshoorn 6620, Klein Karoo||Hostel||-|
|Backpackers Oasis Shanti||3 Church Street||Hostel||-|
|Backpackers Paradise||PO Box 381 6620 Oudtshoorn||Hostel||87|
|Karoo Soul Backpackers||170 Langenhoven Rd, Oudtshoorn 1 Adderley St, Oudtshoorn||Hostel||93|
|Lodge 96||96 Langenhoven Road||Hostel||-|
|Sunbird Accommodation & Backpackers||78 Langenhoven Ave||Hostel||-|
|Feather Nest Guest House||12 Tiran Street||Guesthouse||-|
|Die Fonteine Guesthouse||Schoemanshoek Oudtshoorn, Western Cape||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|88 Baron van Reede Guesthouse||88 Baron van Reede Street Oudtshoorn, Western Cape||Guesthouse||-|
|Old Mill Lodge & Restaurant||R328, Schoemanshoek Cango Caves Road||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Earthbound B&B||Naude Street 19 Oudtshoorn Western Cape||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Eagle Falls Country Lodge||Ruigtefontein Farm Scenic route 62||Hostel||-|
See also International Telephone Calls
The SAPO (South African Post Office) is the nation's postal service. Post offices are open from 8:30am to 4:30pm from Monday to Friday, and 8:00am to noon on Saturdays. Domestic and international deliveries are reliable but can sometimes take up to several weeks. If you want to send something oversees of any value, try using one of the private mail services, like Postnet.
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