Highgate Ostrich Show Farm
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm
4.5
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
It's true. Highgate is the world's oldest ostrich show farm. But it is a working farm too. So we don't do things for show. We give you the real African farm experience. Our guided tour takes approx. 75 minutes & an expert guide will show you our modern breeding methods, how the largest eggs of any living bird species are incubated, and see the hatching room. Experience the opportunity of hand feeding an Ostrich. Enjoy our Pepper Tree Restaurant! We take advantage ofour magnificent all-year round climate to set the tables under our ancient Peruvian pepper tree so the whole family dines al fresco-style while enjoying the great outdoors. Catch your breath and visit our shop selling only genuine, South African-made products, many of which are produced by our skilled staff on the farm using our own resources. From beautiful decoupage ostrich eggs to delicate ostrich leather products. We are situated 10km outside Oudtshoorn on the R328 road to Mossel Bay.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Ski'n bike
    Hertford, United Kingdom619 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Recommended Ostrich Farm
    Well what a surprise! We thought this visit would be a bit naff. In fact we really enjoyed our time here. Informative guide, small tour group, lots of interesting facts. Snack lunch in the garden cafe was way better than expected. All in all a bit of fun
    Visited November 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 August 2023
  • SagarSavla
    Jersey City, New Jersey130 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Simple and different experience
    We (3A, 2K) visited this on our way to Knysna. It was worth the detour. Very unique experience. It was approximately a 45 minute tour. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. He explained to us about ostriches their history, anatomy and lots of facts which we didn’t know. We saw and very able to touch ostrich eggs. We ended the tour feeding the ostriches. The kids and adults all loved it. Would highly recommend this. It’s very different experience which you don’t get to do at a lot of places
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 November 2023
  • neeratraveler
    San Francisco, California226 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting experience
    The Highgate Ostrich show farm near Oudshoom was delightful. Our group had a private tour that was very informative. Later we had a chance to walk around and look at the Ostrich and feed them if interested in doing so. There is a gift shop with things such as ostrich feather dusters. There is also a restaurant- worth a visit.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 16 November 2023
  • Anne-Marie R
    Montreal, Canada22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Farm and tasting tour, a must do!
    Great tour of the ostrich farm, our guide Samantha was so knowledgeable and would have the best stories! A wonderful learning experience! As I booked the tour and meal I then went to the restaurant area and got to have a really enjoyable culinary experience. I had never had ostrich before I visited South Africa and it was as surprising as delicious. My waiter, Ilsa made the tasting even more delightful with her tips and comments! I would definitely recommend doing the farm and tasting tour! Wonderful!
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 13 December 2023
  • Footprints570166
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tour from Samantha!
    This was better than we expected. We did the tour with Samantha and she was so lovely and knowledgeable about the ostriches. We saw a few different species, she showed us some eggs, how they made things from the feathers and give us a history on the farm itself. She then showed us the babies and we got to feed some other ostriches which was hilarious. Overall, we throughly enjoyed this tour and would recommend it.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 3 February 2024
  • Owen C
    244 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting and informative
    I really wasn't sure about this tour, but we arrived in Outshoorn about 2pm and had a couple of hours to kill. It was actually very informative and a bit of fun. Unfortunatley in Late Feb the last of the eggs have hacthed for the season, but we did get to hold a baby Ostrich and feed the customer friendly adults. Great way to spend an hour.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 March 2024
  • Maaike v
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing ostriches tour
    We had an amazing tour! Geraldine knows a lot about ostriches and talks about them with enthusiasm! She speaks very clear English so it is easy to understand. You can see that the ostriches are treated well and that they are proud of their farm. I would definitely recommend the tour!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 March 2024
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Katie M
United Kingdom8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
This was such an amazing way to see and learn about the ostriches.
Our guide, Ben, was extremely knowledgeable, friendly and gave us a brilliantly enthusiastic tour, he really made the experience.
the tour included seeing the different types of ostriches and their life cycles , and also a glimpse into the production of ostrich products, which were being made locally here.
100% loved this experience.
Written 1 June 2024
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Celeste V
Centurion, South Africa24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
This was an amazing experience. I got to learn a lot more about ostriches than I ever thought. It was a very interactive tour, you got to stand on eggs, touch baby ostriches, feed large ostriches and see how ostrich products are made such as a feather duster.

The history was interesting and I left understanding this prehistoric bird a whole lot better! The tour guide was very friendly.
Written 22 April 2024
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Hilton Tait
Cape Town, South Africa546 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We stopped off on a suggestion but despite the warm welcome we opted out of going on the tour as we were pressed for time. We decided to just have breakfast at the on-site Peppertree Restaurant.
We were the first customers at 08:30 but they were unprepared for guests so still had to set up everything. The order was taken quickly but the breakfast took a long time to prepare and then wasn't great. Eggs which were supposed to have been soft were hard, and the cappuccinos were luke warm.
The shop was interesting but seemed expensive.
Overall the place seems to be showing that's its the oldest in the area.
Written 7 April 2024
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david
Preston, UK11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We visited here on recommendation of the accommodation we were staying at.We throughly enjoyed the tour which is included in your ticket price.Found out so much about ostriches & even get to feed them.They also have a cafe/restaurant, we didn’t make use but food/drinks looked good in a picturesque setting
Written 6 April 2024
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Jet44461452842
Zurich, Switzerland2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
We showed up spontaneously and were welcomed very warmly. Our guide Géraldine took us on tour straight away. She was very knowledgeable and had a great sense of humour. The tour was varied, interactive and we learned many interesting things about these animals we did not know before. If you want, you can hold a young ostrich and/or feed the adults, which is a unique experience especially for children.
Written 17 March 2024
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Maaike v
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We had an amazing tour! Geraldine knows a lot about ostriches and talks about them with enthusiasm! She speaks very clear English so it is easy to understand. You can see that the ostriches are treated well and that they are proud of their farm. I would definitely recommend the tour!
Written 9 March 2024
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Owen C
244 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
I really wasn't sure about this tour, but we arrived in Outshoorn about 2pm and had a couple of hours to kill. It was actually very informative and a bit of fun. Unfortunatley in Late Feb the last of the eggs have hacthed for the season, but we did get to hold a baby Ostrich and feed the customer friendly adults. Great way to spend an hour.
Written 1 March 2024
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Footprints570166
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
This was better than we expected. We did the tour with Samantha and she was so lovely and knowledgeable about the ostriches. We saw a few different species, she showed us some eggs, how they made things from the feathers and give us a history on the farm itself. She then showed us the babies and we got to feed some other ostriches which was hilarious. Overall, we throughly enjoyed this tour and would recommend it.
Written 4 February 2024
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Lynn K
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
We loved our tour experience with Geri! She knew so much and was willing to answer all our questions. Even for us, who dont like birds, she Made it an amazing experience :)
Written 23 January 2024
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Anke R
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Amazing experience!!!our guide Geraldine was so kind and well spoken and friendly!!!100%recommended!!
Written 23 January 2024
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