What to do in the Area

Highgate Ostrich Show Farm

Highgate Ostrich Show Farm has been telling the fascinating story of ostriches and ostrich farming in Oudtshoorn for over a hundred years, and its tours have delighted visitors from all over the world. Meet ostriches face to face, learn about ostrich farming. We are one of the most popular things to do in Oudtshoorn. People describe us as family fun, interesting and informative, great experience, ostriches and more ostriches, and more.

Bookings can be made at reception by 17h00 prior to the day of the tour. Price to be confirmed on booking at reception.

Elephant Experience

Elephant Feeding

While feeding our elephants you will experience them (Jabari, Malaika and Bulelo) up close and personal. You will find they may be huge, but are gentle as can be. You may feed them, touch them and take photos with them while our skilled elephant guides share their knowledge of these gentle giants with you. Afterwards they will even reward you with an elephant hug as a special goodbye.

Hourly from 09:00 to 17:00 depending on availability

Elephant Walking

For those who are a bit careful and weary, we offer elephant walking experiences. Take a leisurely stroll with our elephants in the early morning or late afternoon. This is a great way to take in some of our Karoo beauty whilst walking with the biggest land mammals on earth.

Daily – 08:00 & 15:00 Depending if there is a ride or feeding booked.

Meerkat Tour

Join us daily at dawn to witness these incredible wild habituated creatures emerging out of their burrows, just in time to soak up the sun before they head about their daily activities. Meerkats are also referred to as the Suricate or in German as the Erdmännchen and are known to be part of the Mongoose family. They are small species of foraging mammals that’s usually found inhabiting the harsh conditions of the open and arid, semi-desert plains in Southern Africa. Meerkats are known for their upright stance and their sociable behaviour. Situated in the heart of the Klein Karoo and offers the ideal environment and vegetation for Meerkats to thrive.

 General Guidelines:

  • The distance from the Meerkats and the guests will at all times be determined by the ranger and respected.
  • Maximum of 10 guests per vehicle.
  • No children under the age of eight years.
  • Advanced bookings only.
  • Please call the day before activity to reconfirm departure time
  • These are wild habituated Meerkats and will not be touched or handled by humans, including the ranger.

Winter Times Daily from 07:30 weather permitting (duration ± 2-3 hours)
Summer Times Daily from 05:30 weather permitting (duration ± 2-3 hours)

Please note: Weather permitting
On sunny mornings our meerkats wake up on time, but conditions such as rain and cold overcast mornings can delay the meerkats to emerge from their burrows for the morning. Meerkats prefer clear sunny mornings. Thus, in the event of above mentioned weather conditions, there is a possibility that we will not see the meerkats or that the meerkat safari can be cancelled.

Swartberg Pass Experience

 This tour departs at 08:30 from Oudtshoorn and travels via De Rust, Meiringspoort Gorge, the Great Karoo, Prince Albert, the Swartberg Pass and then back to Oudtshoorn. Enjoy the exciting transition in vegetation, climate, and farming methods of the Little and Great Karoo. There are stunning views all along the route. Is this the most spectacular scenic route in the country? See for yourself.

Should you wish to travel the Swartberg pass in your own vehicle we will be more than happy to assist you with a map and a picnic basket.

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