If you want deep and wondrous caves, thrilling ostrich-back rides, feasts on country farms and nature treks into the legendary Swartberg range, then try a journey down the 30km Cango Route. Beginning at the legendary ostrich town of Oudtshoorn, it’s a very popular collection of roadside attractions in the Eastern Cape's Little Karoo.

Did you know?

The Cango Route is blessed with an average of 330 days of sunshine a year.

The Cango Route stretches from Oudtshoorn, the world’s ostrich capital, on the R328 to the Swartberg Pass, a marvel in mountain pass construction.

In this stretch of the Little Karoo, you will come across a selection of farm stays, game lodges, wineries and even a ‘Karoo Tapas’ establishment.

Not only are you in the midst of ostrich country, but this is also where the olive grows like a merry demon – and good cheese is available everywhere.

The road through the Cango Valley might only be 30 kilometres long, but if you take it slow and enjoy the attractions along the way, you’ll soon see the magic of it all.

You can stay over in secluded little places like Berluda Farmhouse & Cottages or opt for luxury tented accommodation at somewhere like the Buffelsdrift Game Lodge where you may see Cape buffalo, elephant, hippo, giraffe and more than 200 bird species.

One of the most popular spots on the Cango Route is the Cango Ostrich Farm where, if you’re feeling brave, you could get to actually ride one of those marvellous feathered birds with the long eyelashes.

Star of the Cango Route remains, of course, the Cango Caves in a limestone ridge parallel to the Swartberg range.

Start your Cango experience with the standard tour into the dripstone caverns, vast halls and massive formations. If you’re fit and able, sign on for the adventure tour, a slightly more challenging experience.

Either way, the Cango encounter will leave you with special memories…

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Cango Ostrich Show Farm:
Tel: +27 (0) 44 272 4623
Email: cango.ostrich@pixie.co.za

Cango Caves:
Tel: +27 (0) 44 272 7410
Email: reservations@cangocaves.co.za