Ballooning in Oudtshoorn

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Ballooning

Oudtshoorn Ballooning offers a scenic balloon flight over the town and neighboring farms at dawn. Flights are R2,100 per person and include tea and coffee on arrival, sparkling wine on landing, and breakfast. 082/784–8539. www.oudtshoornballooning.co.za.

Horseback Riding

Horse rides from Le Petit Karoo range from a gentle one-hour walk for beginners to three-hour rides on the veld. Rates start at R150 for the one-hour ride. 044/272–7428. www.lepetitkaroo.za.net.

Mountain Biking

Joyrides, based at Backpackers Paradise, runs a fabulous mountain-biking trip. You get transported to the top of the Swartberg Pass, where you (and your fellow cyclists) are left with a mountain bike, helmet, and water. It's pretty much downhill all the way back to town, and the route passes Cango Caves (it's a bit of a steep uphill detour to get there), Wilgewandel coffee shop, Cango Ostrich Farm, Cango Wildlife Ranch, and Le Petit Karoo and then back to Backpackers Paradise. So you've got all day to visit the main tourist attractions. The tour costs R250, plus a R100 bike deposit. 044/272–3436. www.backpackersparadise.net.

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