Did you know?
An ostrich egg has the equivalent volume of 24 chicken eggs.
Oudtshoorn boasts the largest population of ostriches on the planet and many of them are based at the Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, which has been entertaining the public since 1938.
One of the main attractions at this Oudtshoorn ostrich farm is the daily ostrich racing, featuring colourfully dressed local 'jockeys' who enjoy the competition just as much as the spectators. Despite weighing as much as 160kg, ostriches can run at speeds of up to 70km/h, making them nearly twice as fast as the average Olympic sprinter – but over longer distances.
Depending on their weight, visitors are also given the opportunity of riding or sitting on the ostriches, providing priceless photos for the holiday album. Explorers can stand on ostrich eggs to test their amazing strength.
The ostriches at the ranch are tame, so visitors can feed and handle them, as well as get the opportunity to cuddle fluffy ostrich chicks.
Tours of the ranch are guided, with multiple languages offered. Guests will leave with a great understanding of ostriches, as well as a handful of interesting facts to repeat at dinner parties.
The curio shop stocks a variety of ostrich products, including decorated ostrich eggs, coloured ostrich feathers, ostrich leather handbags and briefcases, as well as ostrich feather boas. Perhaps the most novel item on sale at the curio shop is an ostrich shell bra.
These products are manufactured on the premises and visitors are invited to learn more about the production process.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm
Tel: +27 (0)44 272 7115 / +27 (0)79 016 3366
How to get here
The Highgate Ostrich Show Farm is less than 10 minutes' drive from the Oudtshoorn town centre. Take the R328 south and follow the signs.
Best time to visit
The Highgate Ostrich Show Farm is open throughout the year.
Length of stay
Tours last around 1.5 hours, but leave extra time to browse the curio shop and have lunch.
Where to stay
The Oudtshoorn Hotel and Resort has a large number of rooms available throughout the year.
What to eat
Excellent ostrich steaks are served at the restaurant on the premises.