We had planned on visiting an ostrich farm after Cango Ranch but were so disenchanted by the prospect of another tourist trap that we bagged it. Instead we drove north and did a loop that took us through the Swartberg Pass and back to Oudtshoorn. Along the way we bypassed the Cango Caves which are reputed to be lovely. One look at the hordes of tourists piling in was enough to dissuade us. At that point we just felt like driving.
|Imagine the geological turmoil that created this formation.|
The next morning we left Oudtshoorn but not before remembering we'd forgotten to inquire about a ‘meerkat experience’ organized by Grant McIlrath, the world’s foremost expert on meerkats. You cannot just show up. It is necessary to arrange in advance and it ain’t so cheap (about $90 per person). It was the 'advance' aspect that discouraged us. We sent a few texts to the number provided in the Lonely Planet but failed to receive a response. Reluctantly, we moved on. Missing the meerkats would be the 2nd biggest regret about my trip to South Africa. Who the hell goes to Oudtshoorn and skips the meerkats? Assholes, that's who.