The West Coast Ostrich Ranch has pioneered the revival of ostrich farming in the shadow of Table Mountain. Photo courtesy Alan Manson

For a tourism experience with a difference, visit the Cape Town Ostrich Ranch. This family-owned ostrich business features informative tours, high-quality, great-value leather, curio shops and a restaurant that serves ostrich dishes.

Gavin and Pawel Kanigowski are on hand to greet visitors arriving at their farm, which lies on the sea-facing slopes of the Durbanville hills and is just 20-minutes’ drive from Cape Town’s famous waterfront. The farm offers magnificent views of Table Mountain and the Hottentots Holland mountains in an area steeped in local history.

The Cape Town Ostrich Ranch offers guided tours in English, Afrikaans, German and French. Other languages can be arranged given 48-hours’ notice. For the general public, tours are run every half-hour, on the hour. However, tours are run as requested for booked groups and a tour guide is assigned to the group for the duration of the visit.

The tour comprises a 45-minute informative trail showcasing West Coast white ostriches, dwarf ostriches, black-necked ostriches, emus, rheas, peacocks, ostrich chicks and a cactus garden. The highlight is the ostrich show, during which each tour member may sit on an ostrich. With more than 200 birds on the farm ranging from chicks to 20-year-old breeding pairs, it is not uncommon to see chicks that have just hatched or witness an egg being laid. A common sight is the majestic mating dance of the male ostrich.

Ostrich chicks were originally traded with the 1652 Dutch settlers by the Cape’s Khoi inhabitants. They were later exported from Cape Town to Batavia (now Indonesia) in 1656. There were also exports to India and to the Emperor of Japan in 1658. The first documented ostrich farm was established in the centre of Cape Town in 1679. The Cape Town Ostrich Ranch has pioneered the revival of ostrich farming in the shadow of Table Mountain.

Tours cost R90 for individual adults, R80 for children aged 7 to 16 and R41 for children aged 2 to 6. Pensioners, students and the disabled pay R50 for a tour. Special rates are available for tour operators and school groups on enquiry.

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Southern Suburbs

The Southern Suburbs are a tourist’s delight. The area, which stretches from the slopes of the Table Mountain range to the False Bay coast, offers natural attractions and a vibrant nightlife.

St James

Just a little further on from Cape Town’s well-known Muizenberg beach is St James. Home to a cluster of well-known and oft-photographed bathing boxes on the beach, St James is a picturesque area that offers beachgoers respite from the westerly wind.

Llandudno and Sandy Bay

Only 18km from the Cape Town city centre, an arc of fine white sand gives away the secluded location of one of Cape Town’s most beautiful beaches, Llandudno.


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