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How to Ride an Ostrich in South Africa

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For those of you who didn’t know, Oudtshoorn (pronounced Oats-horn) South Africa is the ostrich capital of THE WORLD. If you are visiting the country, consider making the journey (57 miles/92 kilometers from Knysna, 40 miles/84 kilometers from Mossel Bay) to their version of the wild west. If you’re driving the Garden Route from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town (or vice versa), it is only about an hour detour (driving) to the north, and well worth the deviation. You can ride a gosh darn ostrich, for one!

Getting comfortable on big bird

This video I shot of my sister, Chandler, riding an ostrich around the pen is one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. Seriously, I can’t stop laughing at it. And the lady kept calling her Katharine.

Secondly, the ostrich products (think: boots, purses, bags) here are the best quality, at the best prices.

Check out my beautiful ostrich clutch! Purchased at a bargain price in an ostrich outlet in Oudtshoorn.

Check out my beautiful ostrich clutch! Purchased at a bargain price in an ostrich outlet in Oudtshoorn.

Lastly, the ostrich farm tours (“shows”) are very interesting and informative. We chose Safari Ostrich Farm Show, but there are others, like Cango Ostrich Farm Show and Highgate Ostrich Farm Show.  These creatures are just so entertaining!

Ostrich eggs are strong. I mean, they are fiercely strong- supporting up to 120 kilos. Check out the video of Chan testing their Herculean strength.

These eggs don't crack!

These eggs don’t crack!

The average ostrich egg is equivalent to about two dozen chicken eggs, therefore potentially feeding 12 people. That’s a big omelette!

Ostrich race

Ostrich race

Not sold on Big Bird? If you’re hesitant about driving an hour off the beaten Garden Route path just to hang out with some big, awkward birds, rest assured; there are so many things to do and see in Oudtshoorn! My next few posts will cover the mysteriously mesmerizing Cango Caves and the excitingly wild Cango Wildlife Ranch where we played with cheetahs, baby lions, lemurs…. And I’ll let you know where you should seriously consider lying your head at night!

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Please let me know if you have any questions about Oudtshoorn or our ostrich farm visit below in the comments section!

Thank you for reading, and stay tuned for more on fascinating Oudtshoorn!

♥ Lindsay

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14 Responses to How to Ride an Ostrich in South Africa

  1. Laura May 14, 2013 at 11:46 AM #

    this is AWESOME!! go chandler! hahahaha. too awesome. love that clutch too lady. xx

  2. panos48 May 15, 2013 at 3:25 AM #

    Reblogged by http://www.southweb.co.za

  3. Jennie Saia May 16, 2013 at 2:10 PM #

    Ha! That whole amazing story, and two out of three commenters want to talk about the clutch! I did come down here to say that it’s amazing – but I also love the ostrich who wants to bite your camera, and the whole concept of your blog. Cheers!

    • The Traveluster May 17, 2013 at 8:10 AM #

      @ Jennie Saia- thank you for stopping by my blog and the compliment! Isn’t that funny- can’t seem to separate women from fashion!

  4. Marianne May 20, 2013 at 1:32 AM #

    You’re very brave – they look kinda scary!

    • The Traveluster May 21, 2013 at 8:21 AM #

      They’re not that scary! They are a bit awkward and funny, though.

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