Ostrich Ride

A ride on the backside of an African ostrich may prove an exciting and unique activity. Seated on the feathery hide of a 2m tall bird is one of the most unconventional modes of transport you will find, and it is as thrilling as it sounds strange.

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Ostriches can reach up to 70km an hour, but this adrenalin rush is limited to those participating in an ostrich derby.

While ostrich derbies are not recommended for novices, if you are not afraid of a few scrapes and bruises, the experience is akin to no other. It is still important to be wary of these remarkable birds - they can kick forward violently with those clawed long legs!

The Karoo town of Oudtshoorn may be the ostrich capital of South Africa, but many ostrich farms occur throughout the Western Cape. Most farms offer other activities besides ostrich rides, such as interacting with young chicks, feeding the ostriches, and observing how to make feather boas.

Ostriches are intrinsically African and magnificent to behold – an encounter will delight those who book a tour that includes the Cape or Garden Route.