An experience like no other! Spend a day at the Highgate Ostrich Show Farm in Oudtshoorn

Highgate Ostrich Show Farm - Activities - Oudtshoorn

Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, Oudtshoorn, Western Cape

Experience the fascinating story of ostrich farming that has taken place for more than 100 years in Oudtshoorn, in the Western Cape, at the world’s first and finest Highgate Ostrich Show Farm.

Established in 1938, this ostrich farm tour boasts an original experience where people can have fun and learn at the same time.

The Highgate Ostrich Show farm is one of the most popular activities to experience in Oudtshoorn. Guests can have a face to face experience with the ostriches on the farm and learn more about ostrich farming.

Kick off on an unforgettable Ostrich Tour at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm

Highgate Ostrich Show Farm - Activities - Oudtshoorn

Guests will be delighted and informed as an experienced guide takes them on a tour that lets them get up close and personal with the world’s largest bird.

There are a variety of tours available at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, each one having two parts; the main yard and the farmland.

In the main yard, guests will learn a lot about ostriches, they are shown different ostrich feathers, incubators and how they work, gizzard stones and get to feed the ostriches themselves.

Tours of the farmland involve learning more about the anatomy of the ostrich and paying a visit to the breeding pairs’ nest.

The whole family can enjoy a tour through the ostrich farm, not only do guests get to feed and learn more about these beautiful birds, they also get to watch the staff on the farm crafting things from their feathers, eggshells and leather.

Dinging delight at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm

Highgate Ostrich Show Farm - Activities - Oudtshoorn

Not only can guests enjoy a fun and educational tour of an ostrich farm, they can also enjoy a delicious meal at the Pepper Tree restaurant at Highgate.

The Pepper Tree restaurant serves up farm fresh cuisine that tantalises the taste buds. With an all-year-round sunny climate, the tables are set up under the ancient Peruvian Pepper Tree. The whole family can enjoy alfresco-style dining in the great outdoors!

Their most popular menu items consist of the expertly prepared no fat, low cholesterol ostrich steak, and their special African Arabica coffee. They are particularly proud of their local wines and handcrafted beers, which the parents can enjoy while the kids play on the jungle gyms, manicured lawns and donkey cart ride.

To take a look at their menu click here.

Exquisite ostrich products & an unforgettable wedding venue

Highgate Ostrich Show Farm - Activities - Oudtshoorn

Want to take something home to remember your experience at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm? Pay a visit to their showroom shop that sells proudly South African-made products, most of which were created by their very own staff members.

Items available for purchase include decoupage ostrich eggs, delicate ostrich leather products such as bags, and fashionable clothing items and ostrich feather dusters. Other items available are plushies and a range of regional wines and snacks.

As Highgate is one of the best kept secrets of the Klein Karoo it’s no wonder it has become such a popular wedding destination for many couples. The beautiful Karoo gardens and the charming rustic indoor venue provide the ideal setting for the perfect romantic wedding or special occasion.

Highgate Ostrich Show Farm can assist you with flowers and décor, a wedding cake, DJ and wedding photographer, catering, cash bar, restaurant and waiters, tables and chairs as well as crockery and cutlery.

What do people say about Highgate Ostrich Show Farm

“As a child in 1984 we visited Highgate in a school trip which I have great memories of so it was a fantastic experience for me to share with my 10 year old British son & my British husband. Danian was a great guide, full of knowledge on these beautiful birds. Our highlight was holding the baby ostriches & standing on the eggs. I highly recommend Highgate to any family! It’s a fantastic South African experience!” – Debbee TripAdvisor.

“Our afternoon at Highgate was very enjoyable. We had lunch at the Peppertree restaurant – the fresh ostrich steak was excellent, as was the service. Our tour with Ben was very interesting and educational. The tiny 5day old ostriches that we could hold were very cute. Ben was an excellent guide; he shared his knowledge and love for the ostriches and had a great sense of humour.” – Meln TripAdvisor.

“Our guide spoke 3 languages and explained a lot about this funny bird. We learned a lot and had fun feeding the big and hugging the small ones. Can only recommend.” – Remon TripAdvisor.

Top reasons for visiting Highgate Ostrich Show Farm:

  1. Get up close and personal with ostriches, hold babies and even feed them!
  2. The restaurant serves delicious and healthy dishes. Guests can also get a meal as part of the tour experience.
  3. The staff are well-informed and friendly. They can also speak a wide number of languages.
  4. The farm is closely situated near high class accommodations if you are visiting in Oudtshoorn.
  5. The shop offers a wide variety of crafted ostrich-products that guests can take home.

To make a booking at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, give them a call on 044 272 7115 or 071 076 9964. Visit their website at

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