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Activities exclusive to our guests

De Opstal Country Lodge offers exclusive activities to our guests on the neighbouring family farm.

Ostrich Farm Tours

R250 pp

As a special benefit, guests of De Opstal Country Lodge can enjoy an exclusive and customised tour to the farm of family member to Albertus & Matilda De Bod, Piet Schoeman, one of the leading Ostrich farmers in the world.

Tours are presented by Leon or Jade and will give you understanding and insight into the farming activities of an authentic working ostrich farm.  Part of the fascination of these big birds is the variety of unique products that can be produced using ostriches, such as leather, feathers, and healthy low fat meat.

These tours are animal friendly and no riding of ostriches are allowed.

Meerkat Encounter

R400 pp

An early morning drive down to the burrows of a meerkat family has grown to become one of the highlights of a visit to Schoemanshoek.

The mystical silence of the Little Karoo landscapes in the early morning hours, combined with a fresh cup of coffee in your hand and the expectation in your heart of meeting these cute creatures personally, all contributes to this once in a lifetime experience.

Tours are conducted by a knowledgeable guide and bookings are essential.

Sunset Drive

R460 pp

Discover the sights, smells, sounds and tastes of the little Karoo when you take one of the relaxing sunset drives and finish your day soaking up the majestic landscapes surrounding you.

On this drive, you have the opportunity to see species such as giraffe, springbok, kudu, eland and wildebees and in addition to that, almost 200 different kinds of birds, including the beautiful Fish eagle.

The wildlife reserve encompasses and area of over 5000 hectares and your guide will introduce you to the some of the fascinating Karoo vegetation, much of which can be found nowhere else in the world.

And no sunset drive will be complete with a relaxing sundowner to enjoy while the sun sets on yet another perfect day in the Little Karoo.

Other activities in the area

OUDTSHOORN & SCHOEMANSHOEK

Oudtshoorn is situated in the Klein Karoo 55 kilometres from the large coastal town of George. First class hotels, lodges, inns, and guesthouses await the visitor. Enjoy the relaxed, friendly, hospitable atmosphere offered in town or at the various surrounding farms. Experience the joy of life in the country!

FOOD & WINE

Taste the fine local wines and the excellent cuisine of the Restaurants – meals which could include ostrich – all exquisitely available to satisfy every taste.

ARCHITECTURE

Exceptional stone masonry, lending that special touch. Admire the grandeur of the numerous “ostrich palaces”, established in the times of the “feather boom”. Conserved to this day as museums, guesthouses and dwellings for the discerning.

KLEIN KAROO NATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL [KKNK]

An Annual gathering in March / April, of more than 100 000 lovers of the various arts, for a week of dancing, films, cabaret, classical music, comedy, contemporary music, open air concerts, plays, literary art & poetry. A momentous event, enjoying international sponsorship.

THE CANGO CAVES

One of the world’s great natural wonders, sculptured by nature through the ages. It is situated close to the Klein Karoo Town of Oudtshoorn. Mysterious and breathtaking limestone formations in a wide variety of natural colours, a subterranean wonderland. Regular guided tours daily.

OSTRICHES

Amidst the 400 ostrich farms surrounding the town, 3 have distinguished themselves worthy to be named “show farms”. Become exposed to this exotic bird species, the largest in the world. Guided tours available.

SPORT

Oudtshoorn is the hub of the region for the sport enthusiast, offering a challenging modern 18 hole golf course with full amenities and squash courts. Also, bowls, athletics, tennis, cricket, rugby, Olympic standard swimming pools, motor sport, miniature aircraft and many more.

CHEETAHS

A highly successful breeding station of this threatened species – one of the only two in the southern hemisphere. One of the foremost examples of Eco–tourism in the world and a superb mixture of conservation and tourism. You can get yourself photographed cuddling a cheetah cub, the fastest animal on land.

CROCODILES

Gaze with the awe at the slithering reptiles species from all over the world. Imagine … more than 400 crocodiles and alligators in their prehistoric unattractiveness. They’re being bred here and they’re awfully nice, as long as you don’t get too close!

RIVERS & FALLS

Numerous rivers, streams and falls have their origins in the surrounding Swartberg, Outeniqua, Kamanassie mountain ranges. Waterfalls abound, and the visitor is fortunate to safely visit two examples at the Vrede and t falls.

HIKING & BIKING

The eco–tourist, and those thriving on the outdoor life, alike, will be faced with a large selection of challenging opportunities. Hiking and biking trails are in abundance. Make your choice from lush subtropical to semi–arid. You will leave fulfilled!