SWARTBERG MOUNTAIN RANGE
The Swartberg mountains make up a mountain range that runs roughly east-west along the northern edge of the semi-arid area called the Little Karoo in the Western Cape province of South Africa. To the north of the range lies the other large semi-arid area in South Africa, the Great Karoo.
There are several passes through the Swartberg Range, the most famous of which is possibly the Swartberg Pass that runs between Oudtshoorn in the south and Prince Albert in the north. The pass is not tarred and can be a little treacherous after rain, but offers spectacular views over the Little Karoo and the Great Karoo to the north.
Much of the Swartberg is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
29km from Oudtshoorn, at the head of the picturesque Cango Valley, lies the spectacular underground wonder of the Klein Karoo - the Cango Caves. Situated in a limestone ridge parallel to the well known Swartberg Mountains, you will find the finest dripstone caverns, with their vast halls and towering formations.
CANGO WILDLIFE RANCH
Visit the Cango Wildlife Ranch and Valley of Ancients, endangered species breeding facility extraordinaire. The oldest and biggest cheetah contact centre worldwide offers visitors the rare opportunity of interacting with our hand reared cheetahs and getting actively involved in saving this species and others from extinction.
Karusa Vineyards is the first and only winery on the Cango Route and situated only 700 meters from Die Fonteine. Karusa is a specialist producer of Methode Champenoise and Mediterranean styled wines. Enjoy a visit and tasting at the winery and also the light lunches served in a Karoo Tapas style with an ice cold glass of Sauvignon Blanc!
OSTRICH SHOW FARMS
Schoemanshoek Church - Biblical Garden
Come find peace in the presence of God midst this beautiful part of His creation! The garden consists of different Biblical plants with name and textual references.
Cango Horse Riding
Our trips will provide you with the opportunity to appreciate the wide variety of fauna and flaura of the region. Meerkat burrows and an abundance of hares and small antelope will be a common sight during the outride, while our unequalled Karoo sunsets will ensure the perfect end to your trip.
1 or 2 Hour outrides.
Beginners lessons at affordable costs.
Overnight trips also available.
Buffelsdrift Game Lodge
Take a closer look at the wild side of the Klein Karoo in an open game vehicle. Enjoy panoramic views of the majestic Swartberg Mountains at lookout points while recharging with refreshments.
(Duration 2 hours)
Spend some quality time with these gentle giants. We have 3 African elephants that have been raised at the lodge: Feeding, Walking & Riding.
Become part of the natural environment while viewing game on horseback. Accompanied by a trained guide, your safety will be ensured at all times.
(Duration 2.5 hours)
Summer Sundowner Trips
Definitely a highlight at the lodge, guests can marvel at the Karoo sunset from our Spioenkop viewpoint while sipping a glass of sparkling wine. The perfect way to end a glorious day.
Rus en Vrede Waterfall
Isolated beauty, engraved into the heart of the Swartberg Mountain by natures powerful forces. Rust-en-Vrede is situated on a scenic detour branching off the R328, 18km from Oudtshoorn on the way to the world famous Cango Caves. No title could be more apt, for this is definitely a must see for anyone traveling to Oudtshoorn.
The waterfall is hidden among the bracken-clad heights; therefore a walk over little bridges is required along the mountain trail. You are inspired by the beautiful wild flowers that bloom in great profusion alongside the path while far below amidst ferns and undergrowth, a powerful river ripples over rocky edges.