Joyrides / Activities
JOYRIDES CYCLE TOURS
BACKPACKERS PARADISE DAILY TOURS – DEPART: 08h15 to 08h30
Trip A R450-00pp
Trip B R290-00pp
Trip C R250-00pp
Trip D R 150-00pp
TRIP A (CYCLE)
JOYRIDE DOWN SWARTBERG PASS – 54km
We take you by bus to the top of the Swartberg Mountain from where you cycle back to the hostel. You are able to ride back to the hostel in your own time stopping where you want whenever you want for as long as you want. Options en-route back include: Cango Caves, Camel Farm, Cango Ostrich Farm, Tea Garden for lunch and a swim and the Cango Wildlife Ranch. If you cycle straight back without stopping you could arrive at Paradise between 12H00 – 13H00.
If you are on the Baz Bus you need two nights here!
We do not recommend that you cycle to the Waterfall, although it has been done!
To be collected anywhere on the route when cycling will cost a minimum of R100pp for the transport.
TRIP B (CYCLE)
JOYRIDE FROM THE CANGO CAVES – 30KM
We take you by bus to the Cango Caves where we drop you with a bicycle. After your tour you cycle back to the hostel in your own time stopping where you want whenever you want for as long as you want. Options en-route back include: Cango Caves, Camel Farm, Cango Ostrich Farm, Tea Garden for lunch and a swim as well as the Cango Wildlife Ranch. If you are on the Baz Bus you need two nights here!
TRIP C (CYCLE)
JOYRIDE FROM THE OSTRICH FARM – 15km
We take you by bus to the Cango Caves, after your tour we drive you by bus to the Cango Ostrich farm where we drop you with a bicycle. From there you cycle back to Paradise after you enjoyed you visit at the ostrich farm. Options en-route back include: The Tea Garden for lunch and a swim and the Cango Wildlife Ranch. If you are on the Baz Bus you need two nights here!
TRIP D (BUS)
JOYRIDE IN THE BUS
You are driven by bus to the Cango Caves, after your tour we will pick you up and drop you at the Cango Ostrich Farm. After the ostrich farm tour you have two options:
- we will drop you off at Backpacker Paradise or
- drop you off at the Cango Wildlife Ranch and then you can walk back to Paradise (about 1.5km or 20min walk).
If you are on the baz bus – you need two nights UNLESS YOU VISIT 2 ATTRACTIONS only IN THE MORNING.
- Ostrich riding has a weight limit of 75kg.
- Riding an ostrich is included in the price at the Ostrich Farm.
- To touch a Cheetah or Tiger or to do a Croc Cage Dive will cost you extra at the Cango Wildlife Ranch.
- Transport to Buffelsdrift for the elephant experience costs R50pp (R25pp one way)
SELF DRIVE ACTIVITIES
All SELF DRIVE activities listed below can be booked through Backpackers Paradise, remember to
collect your DISCOUNT vouchers to save some money!
Game drives, Meerkat Experience, Star Gazing, Elephant Experience (walking alongside, feeding) and Waterside Restaurant. By booking only
CANGO WILDLIFE RANCH
- Opening Hours: 08:00 – 17:00
Out of Season time:
- Opening Hours: 08:00 – 16:30
You can also stroke a Cheetah,go Crocodile Cage Diving, or playing with Lemurs.
There are no set times for tours, tours depart every 15 minutes.
- 09:00 – 16:00 – starting every hour
- Duration of tour: 60 min
- 09:30 – 15:30 – starting at half past every hour
- Duration of tour: 90 min
Out of season Adventure tour depart every 2 hours starting 09h30, 11h30, 13h30, 15h30
Open every day except on Christmas day.
MEERKAT ADVENTURE TOURS
Experience the magic of Walking with Wild Meerkats. A totally natural experience by booking only.
Book through Backpacker’s Paradise and save R50 pp
There is ostrich racing, ostrich feeding and ostrich hatching. Visit any of the farms for an unforgettable experience. Tours depart every 15 minutes all day long – from 08h15-16h30
- CANGO OSTRICH SHOW FARM
- CHANDELIER OSTRICH SHOW FARM offers game drives as well
- HIGHGATE OSTRICH SHOW FARM
- SAFARI OSTRICH SHOW FARM
ROUNDTRIP - 170KM
We really recommend this spectacular drive – it is only 170km if you do both detours to the Rust and Vrede Waterfall and to Prince Albert. We will give you a free map and discount vouchers to make this an unforgettable day. Leaving Oudtshoorn in the morning around 08H30 make your first stop the Ostrich farm. Then head to the Rust en Vrede Waterfall for your next stop, it is 11km from the turn of on a dirt (unsealed) road to the gate, another 2 km to the waterfall parking area. An amazing 500m walk in a little hidden rainforest to reach the waterfall that has an 80m drop. It is really shallow you so can walk in the water and stand under the waterfall for spectacular photos of timeless memories in icy water escapades! Please note that the gate closes for entry at 16H00 but you can come out after 16h00 and because the waterfall is in nature conservation area, a small fee per vehicle is payable, see photos in our gallery.
From there you drive to the Cango Caves where you can stop for an adventurous tour or turn left toward Prince Albert and drive over the spectacular Swartberg Mountain pass. Breath-taking views will cause you to stop often for photos and just sheer appreciation (remember to close your mouth!). Keep your eyes open for the following animals that have been sighted on the pass: baboons, leopard, klipspringer antelope, vaal reebok antelope, snakes and an abundance of birds. Enjoy the drive down the mountain with spectacular views of the great Karoo.
Over the mountain you will reach a T-junction – turn left to drive the short 6km to Prince Albert for a well- deserved lunch break at any of this historic town’s café’s. Visit local galleries where slow living has transformed city dwellers permanently. Leave Prince Albert the same way you came in and head towards Meiringspoort. After driving through the Keurbooms pass at the T-junction (with N12) turn right to De Rust.
This magnificent natural canyon known as Meiringspoort has 27 bridges in a 14km stretch of road, it is breath taking! The rock formations are humbling and really spectacular. Stop at the waterfall where you can climb up to 10m on the rocks and jump into this deep natural pool – it is a perfect refreshing cool off after the 120km drive. When you get back in the car head back to Oudtshoorn via de Rust where time stands still and people are creatively expressing their way of life through art and food. Stop here for coffee before traveling the last 40km back to Oudtshoorn, or to your next stop along the garden route or route 62.
There are many beautiful drives that surround Oudtshoorn that nestles itself in a little basin between amazing mountains – red stone hills offer amazing photos of nature’s generosity. There are farms with fossils of sea shells in the Gamka valley – nature reserves surround us and our sleepy comfort is contagious. People are friendly and hospitable. We really hope you enjoy your stay!
Oudtshoorn is host to the KKNK (Klein Karoo Nationale Kunstefees) around end of March – early April annually and the Klassique music festival is 3 days of musical inspiration in August every year. Many Sport gatherings fill our calendar year round, for more info or contact details, just ask us!
- Arbeidsgenot is the home of C.J. Langenhoven, known as the father of the Afrikaans Language.
- 217 Jan van Riebeeckweg – Oudtshoorn
- Days: Monday to Friday
- Time: 09:30 – 13:00 and 14:00 – 17:00
C.P. NEL MUSEUM
In 1972 the CP Nel collection was brought to its present home the former Oudtshoorn Boys’ High School. As a result of this, the sandstone building, with its beautiful clock tower, was saved from demolition. The building as a whole dates back to the second “ostrich feather boom” (1900 – 1914) and was declared a National Monument in 1981.
Monday to Saturday 9:00 – 17:00
LE ROUX TOWNHOUSE
The house was built in 1909, when Oudtshoorn was in the midst of the second Ostrich Feather Boom (1900 -1914). Money being no object, the brief for this Townhouse was that it be designed by one of Oudtshoorn’s best-known architects, with the most modern innovations, and built with the best of imported and local materials.
The Le Roux Townhouse is situated in High Street, between Church and St Saviour Streets.
Monday – Friday: 09:00 – 13:00 and 14:00 – 17:00