Awake the next day to the freshness of the Karoo air. After a good breakfast we visit the world famous Cango Caves where we take a guided tour lasting over an hour – full of fascination. These caves span huge distances of dark, winding caverns and can be a little scary if you aren’t too comfortable with small spaces. Some of the lower, longer passages are only for the courageous.
From the Caves we travel to the Cango Wildlife Ranch (Crocodile and Cheetah farm) to learn more about frightening reptiles and other beautiful animals. Hear the awesome stories from the guide as we tour the farm with a chance to view cheetah, tiger, lion, puma, and jaguar. This is a rare opportunity to be able to get up close to these elegant and graceful predators.
A short drive to the other end of Oudtshoorn brings us to Ostrich country and lunch at the Highgate Ostrich farm. Today’s lunch – yes, you guessed it, includes ostrich delicacies. We’ll listen to the restaurant staff as they serenade us during lunch. After all this, the tour of the farm begins. We head down to the fields, where you will have the opportunity to touch an ostrich and learn more about the breeding habits and of the bygone days, when Oudtshoorn was in the midsts of the 1920’s ostrich feather boom.
The late afternoon takes us over the Outeniqua Mountains to Knysna. Here for the first time one can understand why this area is known as the Garden Route. The nearby mountains contain the moisture from the buffeting waves and winds that come accross the seas, and create a floral paradise. As you drive over the summit of the pass, lush green vegetation awaits you.
Accommodation: 4* Protea Hotel by Marriott Knysna Quays in Knysna (or similar).