They are farmed for their feathers and meat, which is a sad thought, but reality.
I am not much of a red meat eater, but do enjoy some ostrich meat now and again... makes it difficult though, having met some of these fine beasts.
Their eggs are also cleaned out, and sold as plain eggs to be painted on, or local artists paint on them and sell them to tourists. This is a huge trade here.
Their feathers are also used for making hand bags. Very popular with visitors, but I could never buy one. I couldnt carry one around with me.
Same concept as wearing a fur coat.. a no no for me.
Cango Caves - The Pulpit
Near the base of the staircase, stands an impressive formation known as The Pulpit , complete with angel's wings, sculptured by nature's own chisel. They say that at the base of this formation imaginative eyes may make out the shape of The Kneeling Camel, against the side of which nature's artist has left an unusual stain known as The Moses Figure. It represents the biblical Moses, dressed in a flowing, brown robe, his arms outstretched in blessing. I was not able to see this. But the Pulpit is a magnificent piece of art from nature.
Ostrich aside, Oudtshoorn does offer some beautiful scenery, spectacular drives and fun activities. The drive from Oudtshoorn down to Knysna on the coast is a beautiful one, with plenty of places to stop safely and enjoy the scenery along the way.
An Ostrich farm
There are several ostrich farms that you can visit in Oudsthoorn and we went to Highgate. You get a tour in the farm with a very good explanation and you have the possibility to taste Ostrich meat. For more information see my travelogue Our experience in an Ostrich farm.
Well go and see those "Volstruis"
For more information and photos see my travelogue: Our experience in an Ostrich farm
Like did you know that: Males have black and females grey feathers more on my travelogue.
"wow........ it seems they can even read!!!!!!"
Oudtshoorn is perfect for active people. Steep mountains , hidden kloofs, trails, caves, rich and diverse vegetation . Many interesting options to explore. Quad biking, mountain biking, kloofing, horse riding, balloon trips, microlighting, abseiling, caving, hiking, kayaking, wildlife tours and much more.
The Cango Caves is just one of the many natural wonders in the Little Karoo. A magical display of carved caverns, corridors and dripstone formations deep within the Swartberg Mountain Range. Meiringspoort and Rust en Vrede Waterfall are also great examples of natural attractions in the Oudtshoorn area.
Experience the worlds largest, flightless bird at Ostrich Show Farms in Oudtshoorn. These birds are known throughout the world for their feathers, leather and meat. Tours include riding an ostrich , standing on an ostrich egg to see how strong it is and during breeding season, experiencing the hatching of eggs.
Route 62 leads you on a scenic trip to Oudtshoorn