The towns of Oudtshoorn and De Rust are in situated the Klein Karoo, between the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains. Oudtshoorn is known as the ‘ostrich capital of the world’. Two booms in demand for ostrich feathers in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s rally put this town on the world map, and it is still home to the world’s largest population of ostrich. 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.

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