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Highgate Ostrich Show Farm

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P.O.Box 94 | Volmoed, Oudtshoorn 6620, South Africa
+27 44 272 7115
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Excellent tour

Our tour covered all the processes of ostrich farming including egg production, chicks, care and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
BiscuitHampshire
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Hampshire
Worth a visit

I was not sure whether it was worth going to or a tourist trap. I definately think it worth a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
christopherjonas
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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.
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P.O.Box 94 | Volmoed, Oudtshoorn 6620, South Africa
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our tour covered all the processes of ostrich farming including egg production, chicks, care and feather duster and boa production. We were able to feed the ostriches and had the opportunity to ride them and watch racing. Thank you Damian America for a great tour.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was not sure whether it was worth going to or a tourist trap. I definately think it worth a visit. The tour was about an hour and the guide was smart, interesting and full of good facts. (It takes 2 hours to boil an...More

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Johan K, General Manager at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks Christo for your feedback! You are right , Highgate Ostrich Farm is a activity where we want to demonstrate and tell our visitors what is ostrich farming, the breeding and hatching all about with a lot of information regarding the ostrich industry. As you...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Still one of my favorite ostrich farms in the Oudtshoorn area. Friendly staff and very informative. We saw baby ostriches and got to pet them.

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Johan K, General Manager at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Visitor Thank you so much for this beautiful review, we as team really appreciate your kind words. Please visit us again, even if it is for a coffee and to say hallo to everyone! Have a lovely day. Regards Johan

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good guide who was very informative, lovely ostriches and my son got to ride one. Great way to spend a morning.

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Johan K, General Manager at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you very much for visited Highgate and this beautiful feedback and high rating, we appreciate this very much. I hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday. Best regards Johan

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The tour was excellent, very informative and great to see them all up close. Even had a chance to ride one... although everyone back home thought I was mad to try and no one else in the group tried :-) But I did enjoy it...More

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Johan K, General Manager at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Visitor Thank you so much for this beautiful review and high rating, we as team really appreciate this. We are looking forward to welcome you back. Enjoy the rest of your tour in SA. Best regards Johan

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Piet, was described as an ostrich in the children’s school text book, who was very inquisitive. One day he picked up a hot potato from the kitchen window and gobbled it up ! I guess Life was a tad difficult for him for sometime after...More

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DeDennefarmacc, Owner at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Dear Helena Thank you for sharing this story about "Piet" I can add a couple of beautiful stories what we experience here on the farm daily, i.e. my guides must keep their eyes on their guiding badges and ear rings as Piet, Sunny, and the...More

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Reviewed 13 January 2018 via mobile

The Ostrich Tour is genuinely interesting and fun. You get to learn about the breeding programme and how the Ostrich is utilised for commercial purposes as well as getting the opportunity to feed and sit on one. The guides incorporate some fun and humour and...More

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DeDennefarmacc, General Manager at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, responded to this reviewResponded 17 January 2018

Thanks Benham for this great feedback, much appreciated! Regards Johan

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Reviewed 11 January 2018 via mobile

We visited as part of our first trip to Africa. Our guide was excellent and very knowledgeable. But I didn’t like the ostrich sitting,riding or racing. The birds appeared distressed and in my opinion it should be stopped. Other than that a great experienceMore

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DeDennefarmacc, General Manager at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, responded to this reviewResponded 13 January 2018

Dear Anne Thank you for your beautiful review. I respect your view regarding the riding , I just want to ensure you that you do not do any harm or course any pain to anyone of our ostriches by doing so. The time of the...More

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Reviewed 11 January 2018 via mobile

This was an amazing outing with the family. Please we’re very friendly and interesting. The food was top class, I recommend the bobotie ostrich spring rolls and the ostrich carpaccio for sure! Very knowledgeable tour guide and the kids had and awesome time with the...More

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DeDennefarmacc, General Manager at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, responded to this reviewResponded 13 January 2018

Thanks Adele for this beautiful feedback and your high rating, we really appreciate this! We are looking forward to welcome you back at Highgate. Best regards Johan

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Reviewed 7 January 2018 via mobile

We took a tour today and had a great time with lots of informations! Our guide was very nice and helpful! It was exciting seeing the ostriches breeding, and seeing the chicks - with possibility to hold them! Also feeding was possible... wonderful handcrafted goods...More

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DeDennefarmacc, General Manager at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, responded to this reviewResponded 8 January 2018

Dear Verena Thank you for this lovely feedback, we are very proud of what we have accomplished at Highgate. We are fortunate to have some of the best guides and staff at Highgate , very friendly and educated people. I hope you had a great...More

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janetwood1001
30 March 2017|
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Response from Johan K | Property representative |
Good morning, no , you do not need to buy tickets in advance, you can also enjoy delicious food in our restaurant before or after the tour.
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Neel219
18 June 2016|
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Response from Jmt1971 | Reviewed this property |
Highgate has quite a number of tours per day and I don't think you will have a problem if you go the following day. You can call them to confirm your booking but if you fail to do that just try to be there in the morning... More
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sashatrading
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Response from MarcandLauraB | Reviewed this property |
Hi the farmsite is really good and interesting but we were only visitors so you would need to ask them about a monthly purchase.
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