About the Episode
It’s no surprise that ostrich forms the integral ingredient of this week’s menu. After cooking a colossal ostrich egg omelette to start the day, Hayden visits an ostrich farm, before tackling the awe-inspiring subterranean passages of the Cango Caves. Finally, on the rolling greens of Swartberg Country Manor, Hayden indulges in a delicious ostrich fillet sandwich – the perfect way to see out the day in the Klein Karoo.
Oudtshoorn is widely regarded as the heart of the Karoo, and boasts the honour of being the ostrich capital of the world. Home to the spectacular Cango Caves and surrounded by the dramatic Swartberg mountain rage, Oudtshoorn is a town rich in natural beauty and bounty. It’s an outdoor lover’s paradise, and offers ample attractions for food aficianados, who can look to indulge in all manner of ostrich-centric fare.
The spectacular underground wonder of the Klein Karoo, the Cango Caves, offers explorers vast caverns, gigantic columns, and frozen waterfalls. Treat yourself to an adventure tour with an informative guide – fascinating, but not for the claustrophobic!
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Thomas Bain and his team of convict labourers completed the Swartberg pass in 1886, and it remains the rubicon of gravel road passes. There’s an allure and a mystique around this old pass, as it slices through magnificently scenic geological formations, which form part of the Swartberg UNESCO world heritage site.
Swartberg Country Manor is nestled on the Voorbedacht farm, which is situated at the foot of the world-renowned Swartberg Pass. The restored farmhouse offers beautifully decorated guest rooms and a refurbished sorting shed now hosts Patat, a gourmet restaurant that serves delectable traditional Karoo cuisine. Voorbedacht is a working farm that offers guests the unique opportunity to explore and experience the true essence of sustainable farming in the Little Karoo.
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