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First You Play With The Ostrich, Then You Eat The Ostrich!

Along the southern coastal region of South Africa’s Western Cape, lies a stretch of parallel routes originating from Cape Town and bleeding into the Eastern Cape. It’s referred to as the Garden Route–a ridiculously scenic drive encompassing a myriad of activities to partake in along the way including but not limited to whale watching, cave exploration, game drives, surfing, bungee jumping, and a visit to an ostrich farm or two.

I had the pleasure to show two of my friends around the Garden Route, being this was my third time experiencing such a wondrous opportunity. One of the particular highlights I was looking forward to, besides the highest bungee in the world, was introducing them to the peculiar world of ostriches.

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You see, ostriches are absolutely terrifying creatures.

They are bitey and ultra curious birds that can easily wreck your s#1T if you get too close to them. They’re also fast as heck and can kill you with their giant legs if they wanted to.

At the Cango Ostrich Farm in Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world, we had the privilege of being shown around the farm on a private tour, along with everything an ostrich is capable of. They really are bizarre creatures!

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I informed my friends of a thing called an “ostrich massage” that I’ve gotten here before, but I didn’t tell them exactly what it was. They had all sorts of guesses, including a version where they thought an ostrich would give them a back massage by stepping on their backsides. THAT would be the death of us!

But, no. An ostrich massage was much less horrible than being stepped on. Instead, you were simply given a bucket of pellets to hold close to your chest as an ostrich or two or three came and went to town on the pellets from around your neck. It was a kooky experience, but the unpredictable nature of the ostriches showed on all our faces.

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We learned quite a few things about the ostrich bird that day, including how their feathers were used as a form of currency back in the olden South African times. Weird. Also, cannot forget the fact that their abnormally large eggs are strong enough for a human to stand on without them cracking.

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Enough with the play. Time to eat!

On the menu? Ostriches!

Served right here at this very farm.

I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing ostrich meat for the first time at this very place a few years ago and it did not disappoint. I implored Veronica and Will to try it as well and they were more than down for it. Even after learning to love the ostrich, we still didn’t mind devouring one!

Take a look at this delicious ostrich-kabob that I ordered.

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If you’ve never eaten ostrich meat before and are wondering how it tastes, know that it resembles and tastes more similar to beef than that of chicken. It’s also lean and full of flavor. The others ordered an ostrich burger and an ostrich steak, both great options as well.

The Cango Ostrich Farm is situated in Oudtshoorn in the Western Cape of South Africa. It is one of two main farms along the Garden Route. I do recommend a visit during your Garden Route trip as it doesn’t take up much time and it IS in the ostrich capital of the world after all.


Cango Ostrich Show Farm

Oudtshoorn 6620,
South Africa

+27 44 272 4623


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The Garden Route

Initially, next on my agenda was to go sandboarding and skydiving over the weekend, but thanks to South Africa’s lovely winter weather – it’s not going to happen. I’ll save those for later on. In the meantime, eight of us decided to go on an excursion along the Garden Route for a few days.

We left at 5am to our first destination. I’ll put our stops into separate sections so it’s easier for you readers to navigate. Also, this post contains a crap ton of pictures. First up…

Cango Caves

About three hours drive, we arrived in Oudsthoorn, the site of the Cango Caves.

The main chamber in the caves.

The caves were millions of years old and I have to say, it was a sight to see. Our tour guide, his name was something in Xhosa. It consisted of a combination of “clicks” and sounds you’d make with your tongue on the roof of your mouth. He showed us the way around the cave explaining the features of each chamber we came across. At certain points, he’d turn off all of the lights in the chambers so it was pitch black and all you could hear were echoes. It’s amazing how these caves, and caves in general, are worlds upon themselves hidden underneath the depths of the earth we see.

Can you spot the evil face on the rock in the red light?
From left to right: Me, Monica, Jess, Lisa, Lucy, Andy, Tessa, Priyanka.

Oudsthoorn Ostrich Farm

I could barely hold my excitement for this place, the Ostrich Farm in Oudsthoorn.

Neck Tied?

I have friends who came to South Africa before me and while they were here, they rode an ostrich! Who rides an ostrich? I wanted to ride one too! And guess what?? I did not.

Once again, this awesome winter weather likes to screw with me. It rained the day before and the ground was too muddy and slippery for the ostrich to run with me on it’s back. :(. Anyhow, I still had a great time here at the farm. I received a neck massage and was able to feed them pellets. We stood on a few ostrich eggs too. But fear not, their eggs are big and strong and can withstand a lot of weight. Speaking of eggs, they are a delicacy here in Oudsthoorn. We ate at the restaurant in the farm and on the menu…ostrich! After playing with the them, there was no way I could eat one. I opted for a chicken kabob instead. Andy and Lucy (UK) ordered an ostrich sandwich and they claim it tasted like hamburger meat. Looking back, I wish I would have tried it. But hear this, I will NOT leave Africa before I ride a freakin’ ostrich!

This is what you call an “Ostrich Neck Massage”.

The specials of the day.
The gang.