Property in Oudtshoorn
Known as the principal town of the Little Karoo, Oudtshoorn lies in a lush valley encircled by the towering Outeniqua and Swartberg Mountain Ranges. The valley is ideal for crop cultivation, spurred on by the fertile soil and temperate climate that the region is renowned for.
Located on the outskirts of the Garden Route, the town is situated along the tranquil banks of the Grobbelaars River, which is a branch of the mighty Elephant’s River. The area boasts a wealth of attractions, from a number of highly-regarded wine estates, to upmarket lodges and enticing local cuisine.
The world-famous Cango Caves are a mere 29km drive away from Oudtshoorn and are well-worth the visit. Secreted within a limestone ridge parallel to the Swartberg Mountains, these dripstone caverns are South Africa’s oldest tourist attraction and the exquisite formations are a geologist’s dream. Admire the various facets of the cave, with each section named to reflect the grotto’s ambience – ‘Fairy Hall, the Rainbow Room, Crypt and Temple’ are just some examples.
Oudtshoorn has three predominant ostrich show farms which offer various tours and attractions. From stroking an ostrich to hopping on one’s back for a ride around its enclosure, visiting these farms is an unforgettable experience.
The Swartberg Mountain Range is a pulchritudinous World Heritage Site, which is best explored on foot or via 4x4 off-road vehicles. Follow Otto du Plessis Road deep into the mountains and you will encounter Die Hel, otherwise known as Gamkaskloof. This isolated valley boasts an incredible diversity of fauna and flora and is of marked archaeological and ecological significance.
Another attraction in the vicinity is the Le Roux Townhouse. This renowned house follows an Art Nouveau style of architecture, but incorporates an eclectic array of other styles as well. Le Roux Townhouse was once owned by the famed Le Roux family and now hosts a fascinating museum paying tribute to the town’s rich past.
According to Lightstone, the current market stock in central Oudtshoorn incorporates 97.15% freestanding homes as well as 2.85% sectional title units. Freestanding homes significantly outsell sectional title units, although from 2004 until the present, freestanding homes have consistently been priced higher than sectional titles, with the exception of the year 2009.