It’s not the most conventional tourist activity, but if you’ve got a bit of an adventurous streak you can try riding an ostrich next time you are in South Africa.
The region around the town of Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo region is home to dozens of ostrich farms, many of which will take you on a tour, let you touch ostrich eggs, cuddle chicks, see how feather dusters are made, and yes, even climb aboard and go for a ride.
They generally only allow people who weigh under 70kg/155lbs, and all riding is done at your own risk. Ostrich “jockeys” help you get on and off, and teach you how to hold on and how to fall off (if necessary) without hurting yourself. Riding does no harm to the birds, as they are large with powerful legs and sturdy frames.
The following are some of the more popular ostrich farms in Oudsthoorn where you can ride an ostrich:
- Cango Ostrich Show Farm
- Safari Ostrich Show Farm
- Highgate Ostrich Show Farm
- Chandelier Game Lodge and Ostrich Show Farm