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Cango Caves Guided Tours, Garden Route

The town of Oudtshoorn is found in The Klein Karoo, a short 45 minutes drive inland from The Garden Route. It is in this town where we find the Cango Caves which is one of the first and oldest tourist attractions in South Africa. A visit to The Cango Caves is inculded as a planned or optional stop in most Garden Route tours.

The Cango Caves are roughly 25 kilometres outside the town of Oudtshoorn and the drive there takes 30 to 40 minutes through a windy mountain road. Along the way you will find a number of other interesting stops such as Ostrich farms, restaurants and shops. The Cango Caves, however is situated right at the end of this road, meaning you cannot possibly miss it. Oudtshoorn and the Klein Karoo with it's semi-desert environment are in exact contrast to the lush, green surroundings of The Garden Route, even though it's less than an hour's drive away. The reason for this is due to the mountain ranges blocking the clouds from the ocean, and during many Garden Route tours you will find the weather changing dramatically from cool to very warm as we cross the mountains.

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The Cango Caves offer guided tours on a daily basis. Two options are available which are very different in style and structure. The Standard tours, or Heritage tours consist of a simple stroll through the Cango Caves, where the Adventure tours are aimed at the more flexible guests who doesn't mind crawling through tight spaces and spending some time on their knees. It must be said that the Adventure tours are quite demanding, and even though many Garden Route tours include an adventure tour, you can easily ask your guide to change it to standard.

The Cango Caves tours are all lead and guided by experienced guides. As standard, tours are done in English, but other languages are also available, such as German and French. If you require a specific language, it is of high importance to share this request in advance with your operator or the guide on any of your Garden Route tours.

Tours are available every day, except Christmas. The standard tours depart every hour on the hour and lasts just over an hour, where the Adventure tours leave every hour on the half hour and lasts roughly 90 minutes. The Cango Caves complex is open from 9am to 4pm and provides free parking, a restaurant, bar, curio shop and toilets. Unfortunately none of the tours are wheelchair friendly. The Cango Caves maintain a temperature of about 19' Celsius throughout the year. Bookings are preferable as some events in Oudtshoorn and The Garden Route might catch you offside if you just arrive at the Cango Caves without a booking. Garden Route tours over the Easter and Christmas period must prebook their Cango Caves trip as these are very busy periods.

The Cango Caves are definitely a unique experience and provides visual entertainment rarely found throughout the world. It is included in almost all Garden Route tours from various operators.

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