Afrikaans name: Oudtshoorn
Oudtshoorn was established on the farm Hartebeestrivier in 1853. The town is named after Baron Pieter van Reede van Oudtshoorn who became ill and died at sea, on 23 January 1773, en route to the Cape where he was to become Governer. Originally products such as tobacco, grapes and other fruit were produced in the area but that all changed with the boom in demand for Ostrich feathers.
In the 1880's the town boomed from the huge demand for Ostrich feathers and Oudtshoorn became the Ostrich capital of the world. In the 1900's the demand faded but Ostrich products are still produced in the area. Other farming activities include tobacco, wheat, lucerne, honey, dairy, wool and mohair.
Several grand buildings built during the Ostrich era still stand and have been declared as national monuments.
The CP Nel museum shows a collection of items from the old way of life. Another place of interest is the CP Nel Town House.
The home of CJ Langenhoven, called Arbeidsgenot, can be visited.
Other places of interest nearby include the Ostrich Show Farms, Greystone Game Park, Cango Crocodile Ranch and the world famous Cango Caves.
The suspension bridge over the Grobbelaars River was built in 1913 and is a national monument.
Above - CP Nel Museum
Above - Old building now used as a bank
Above - Jaami Masjid Muslim Temple
Above - Jewish Synagogue (1888)
Above - Ostriches in the fields near Oudtshoorn
Above - Beautiful scenery in Oudtshoorn district
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