Join Bartel, the owner, for an exclusive tour of this sustainable working ostrich, alfalfa and cattle farm. Bartel is a successful farmer and carries the proud agricultural heritage of three generations before him. Learn first hand about breeding with ostriches, the incubation period of an egg, the life of a small ostrich and what it takes to raise them into the big birds that they are. Learn about the Boran Stud & Nguni Cattle on the farm and what makes them so special to Africa. Also, learn about the plant synonym to ostriches and the region, Alfalfa and about the oldest Water Scheme System in the country used to water the crop. On an adventurous drive onto the farm, get a chance to visit La Plume’s Ostrich breeding pairs, the baby Ostriches when in the season with time allowed for interaction and taking photos with the babies, the Boran and Nguni Cattle when in reachable proximity, the alfalfa field and learn about the biodiversity and farming sustainably on the La Plume Farm.
With Oudtshoorn being the Ostrich Capital of the world, La Plume has an Ostrich pair breeding naturally located on the property for the viewing of guests for free whenever you desire. Being located on a sustainable farm, La Plume has plenty of birdlife on the property as well as on the farm so pack your binoculars to not miss out.
The La Plume Farm has over 1800 hectares of mountainous land with mountain bike trails nestled in the fields. Enjoy or challenge yourself with one of the multiple mountain bike trails on the La Plume Farm. There are kids friendly trails available.
Order a Picnic Basket from the Deli to enjoy at one of the seating spots in the garden or on a picnic blanket.
Pack your activewear to enjoy a scenic walk or run on the farm.
Visit La Plume for an amazing stargazing experience on the property in the Klein Karoo.
Visit La Plume Spa, Le Bonheur, to experience a state of perfect happiness, oblivious of everything else as so perfectly captured by our name.
Enjoy a refreshing cocktail on a lounger under an umbrella at the private swimming pool terrace.
Celebrate a special event or just spoil yourself with a high tea at La Plume. We will help you create everlasting memories.
Book the Cango Caves at our concierge. Located only 29km from Oudtshoorn, at the head of the picturesque Cango Valley, lies the spectacular underground wonder of the Klein Karoo – the Cango Caves. The 20 million-year-old Cango Caves situated in a limestone ridge parallel to the well known Swartberg Mountains, you will find the finest dripstone caverns, with their vast halls and towering formations. Frequently described as one of the great natural wonders of the world, the Cango Cave is the biggest show cave system in Africa. Remarkable the cave was inhabited since the Early Stone Age and is the oldest tourist attraction in South Africa becoming a popular attraction during the 1800s.
Grab a picnic basket from the La Plume Deli along with a day trip itinerary, including a road map with must stop places, from our concierge for an adventurous trip over the Swartberg Pass, making a stop in the beautiful town Prince Albert and returning back to La Plume via the Swartberg Pass or taking a detour through the majestic Meiringspoort with Waterfall. The Swartberg Pass on the R328 run through the Swartberg mountain range which runs roughly east-west along the northern edge of the semi-arid area called the Little Karoo in the Western Cape Province of South Africa.
Walk on a catwalk above large natural enclosures to view the most magnificent of the world’s big cats: White Lions, African Leopards, White Bengal Tigers and of course our prized Cheetah. You can even get to meet them face-to-face in a heartwarming close encounter! They are the biggest and oldest Cheetah contact centre in the world!!! View the only interactive Lemur exhibit on the South African Continent in the Lemur Falls exhibit themed to replicate a Madagascan forest. For bird lovers, the Cango Wildlife range also cares for the Amazonia Rainforest’s rainbow-coloured lorikeets for viewing in a large aviary. Last but not least the Cango Wildlife range has a selection of reptiles from the snake park to the valley of ancients where you will not only find crocodiles sleeping on the riverbanks, but are offered the opportunity to experience a Cage Diving encounter in a pool with a 4 meter Nile crocodile. Conserve. Care. Connect. Book at our concierge.
Wilgewandel Holiday Farm is situated 27km outside of Oudtshoorn and is renowned for its fun family activities such as camel rides, water slides, rowing boats, pedal cars and a zip line.
Just outside Oudtshoorn is a place where you can experience a meerkat encounter with a wild (but habituated) colony. It’s the perfect way of meeting these charismatic suricates in their natural habitat. Book a trip with our concierge.
The poort bears a tough history of floods and landslides amongst incredible hardships, yet our engineers and road builders mastered the art of building a magnificent road through this awe-inspiring poort. Meiringspoort is achingly beautiful. If you haven’t driven this poort, ask for a map from our concierge and do it before you pass on.
Grundheim wines, the neighbouring farm of La Plume, produces unique products – muscadel, port, home made liqueurs and potstill brandy. The many awards salute the popular brand. You cannot leave the Little Karoo without a product or two. Discover a treasure of taste at Grundheim.
Klein Karoo Ostrich Emporium caters for world class markets in fashion and personal wear. Their collection of products bearing the “Blue Ostrich” trademark includes handmade and delicately precision-crafted fashion accessories, interior decorations, gifts and curios at affordable prices.
Well-known for its Cap Classique and Mediterranean-styled wines, Karusa is a family-operated and managed Southern Cape Premium Wine producer & Craft Brewery.
Even if you are not very much interested in the historical side of life, you should experience the C.P.Nel Museum, one of the best country museums in South Africa, situated in Oudtshoorn, the heart of the Klein Karoo. The C.P.Nel Museum is also the only museum with a Synagogue inside – still in use.
Isolated beauty, engraved into the heart of the Swartberg Mountain by natures powerful forces. Rust-en-Vrede is situated on a scenic detour branching off the R328, 18km from Oudtshoorn on the way to the world famous Cango Caves. No title could be more apt, for this is definitely a must see for anyone traveling to Oudtshoorn.
Enjoy the adrenaline rush from Skydiving in the Klein Karoo. Book at our concierge.