The Klein Karoo Nationale Kunstefees or KKNK is certainly one of the most popular festivals in South Africa, mainly because it gives people the opportunity to spend a long weekend in the heart of SA's iconic Little Karoo.
While SA's hottest performing artists are certainly a highlight at the destination and festival ground, the journey to the KKNK is an equally important part of making the most of your experience.
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Oudtshoorn sits relatively central to many of SA's coolest road-tripping roads, and is in itself also a destination worth exploring.
Here are our 5 Favourite things to do and see in Oudtshoorn:
You cannot go to ostrich capital and not have an ostrich encounter. Whether you're only up to feeding one, or would try your luck at taking a ride on the back of one, is up to you to decide.
Various farms in the area offer ostrich experiences. The Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, Cango Ostrich Show Farm, Chandelier Game Lodge & Ostrich Show Farm and Safari Ostrich Farm are but a few examples of where to see the feathery creatures.
The Cango Caves
Located at the foothills of the Swartberg Mountain range near Oudtshoorn, the range of dripstone formations will amaze you.
Although the tunnels and chambers stretch over four kilometres, only about a quarter of this is open to visitors. Guided tours take place at regular intervals and there is an option between the standard tour and the adventure tour.
For the more adventurous, the latter includes crawling through narrow passages and climbing up steep rock formations.
For the love of Art
The KKNK is an arts festival, and it shouldn't be about performing arts only. Do yourself a favour and check out some of the local art galleries in the area while you're there.
ArtKaroo Art Gallery and Moooi Art Gallery both showcase iconic local art in a contemporary space, and exhibitions of local work are highly praised.
Check out a local winery
South Africa has the longest stretching wine route in the world, reaching all the way to Oudtshoorn through Route 62. One way to experience the iconic style wines made in this region, is to head to Karusa Vineyards. Located in Schoemanshoek, en-route to the world-famous Cango Caves, the farm is well-known for its Cap Classique and Mediterranean-styled wines. Karusa is also a family-operated and managed Southern Cape Premium Wine producer & Craft Brewery.
Adopt a Meerkat!
Did you know there is a farm dedicated to the conservation of meerkats, and that you can adopt one! You don't get to take it home, of course... but you get to support the little fellow for 12 months, also supporting Meerkat Magic, a wild meerkat conservation project. You can visit the farm and interact with the highly social creatures too!
How to get there:
This year's KKNK motto is "all roads lead to" Oudtshoorn... and we agree. Whether you're getting there via the Garden Route or Route 62. Each road is as magnificent as the next, with it's own unique landscapes, scenes and things to do.
Check out a few of these iconic Garden Route, Overberg or Karoo dorpies which might be on your way to the KKNK: Swellendam It may be easy to overlook Swellendam as we rush past towards a holiday on the Garden Route or time at the coast, but it would be a mistake to do so. This third oldest town in South Africa has a myriad of activities and attractions on offer, enough to keep one busy for a weekend stay, or much longer.
Swellendam is in every sense a place to linger...
The quaint little town of Barrydale in the Western Cape serves as a welcomed oasis at the end of the unique, mostly dry and barren R62 that runs through South Africa’s Klein Karoo.
This town is so much more than just a quick stopover en route to somewhere else. Prince Albert has become synonymous with state of the art foodies, well-established artists and great people. We can certainly recommend booking in here for a night before driving on to the KKNK.
An iconic Karoo, sheep-farming community operated town with some of the best farm stalls in the country. You need to eat the local lamb pie from Kapoet Padstal at least once in your life to understand the true definition of the 'real Karoo lamb pie'.
Knysna is one of those iconic Garden Route towns, situation right on the N2 as it meaders past magnificent beaches and mountains. Knysna is filled with quaint cafe's, small bookshops and delightful pubs and restaurants. Outside the town, the Featherbed Nature Reserve is a sacred inheritance to all visitors and townspeople.
If you're tried of the KKNK and need a change of scenery, the Sedgefield Slow Festival promises to be an adventurer's delight and just what the doctor ordered for a KKNK breakaway.
Home to Sleeping Beauty, the little town of Riversdale has a lot more going for it than you might think. Not only is Riversdale the dorpie with the fairest mountain of them all, it is one of the tiny 'plattelandse dorpies' were everyone knows everyone.