Set within the captivating landscapes just a short 14 km drive from the bustling centre of Oudtshoorn, lies the Cango Ostrich Show Farm—a unique, immersive wildlife experience unlike any other. This farm is a gem in the crown of South African tourism, offering an interactive and informative journey into the world of ostriches.
At this extraordinary destination, visitors get a chance to witness the lifecycle of these magnificent birds in all its stages. From the adorable, fuzzy chicks to the stately, fully-grown adults, you will have the opportunity to observe large congregations of ostriches in their natural environment. A dedicated petting zone invites you to interact more closely with these fascinating creatures. Here, under the watchful eye of our guides, you can gently stroke the chicks or partake in hand-feeding the adults, creating a bond that forms the basis of lifelong memories.
Guided tours, led by our experienced and multilingual professionals, are the core of the Cango experience. They will guide you around the farm, regaling you with fascinating facts about the ostriches while you are surrounded by these unique birds. You’ll learn about their intriguing behaviors, physiology, and the role they play in the ecosystem, providing a deep appreciation for these amazing creatures.
When it comes to dining, the on-site restaurant offers a menu that is as intriguing as the farm itself. Experience culinary delights such as succulent ostrich steak and the extraordinary ostrich egg omelette, a delicacy large enough to feed 20 people. Pair these with an array of ostrich delicacies such as ostrich paté and Biltong—a traditional South African dried meat, and you’re in for an unforgettable gastronomic journey.
The farm also hosts an exclusive shop brimming with a vast selection of high-quality ostrich products. Here, you’ll find beautifully crafted leather handbags, stylish feather boas, and a variety of decorated and plain ostrich eggshells, making for unique souvenirs or gifts. A selection of gourmet products including ostrich paté and biltong, as well as other deli items, are also available for purchase.
Attractions and Activities around the Cango Ostrich Show Farm
The Cango Ostrich Show Farm offers an exciting array of activities beyond the tour of the farm and ostrich interaction zones. However, its location in Oudtshoorn, known as the “Ostrich Capital of the World,” and its proximity to other notable attractions, make it a must-visit destination for those wishing to explore the beauty and culture of South Africa.
Ostrich Riding and Racing
The Cango Ostrich Show Farm provides the daring opportunity for an ostrich ride, a thrilling experience that isn’t quickly forgotten. Furthermore, ostrich racing events are a highlight, where the farm’s trained jockeys demonstrate their skills on these surprisingly fast creatures.
Just a short distance away from the Ostrich Show Farm are the Cango Caves, one of South Africa’s oldest and most popular tourist attractions. This awe-inspiring limestone cave system is adorned with vast halls and towering formations, and provides options for both heritage and adventure tours.
Cango Wildlife Ranch
A stone’s throw from the Show Farm, the Cango Wildlife Ranch offers up-close encounters with a variety of exotic animals, from cheetahs and crocodiles to lemurs and wallabies. It’s a sanctuary for conservation and education, providing immersive experiences such as the ‘Cheetahland’ and ‘Kuranda Forest.’
Oudtshoorn is also home to some of South Africa’s best wineries, and many offer tours and tastings. Karusa Vineyards, situated nearby, is a family-operated winery and craft brewery. It’s a perfect spot for wine connoisseurs to taste a selection of high-quality South African wines.
A scenic drive from Oudtshoorn will lead you to the Swartberg Pass. The pass offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys, and the journey is considered one of the most spectacular mountain passes in the world.
For nature and wildlife enthusiasts, joining a Meerkat Adventure for a sunrise or sunset is a must. Guided by a knowledgeable ‘Meerkat Man,’ you can observe these fascinating creatures in their natural habitat.
Restaurants and Dining
Oudtshoorn is famous for its local culinary delights. Besides ostrich meat dishes, try the region’s other local specialties at one of the numerous restaurants and eateries around town, such as Jemima’s Restaurant or the Black Swan.
Art and Culture
Visit the CP Nel Museum to gain insights into the ostrich-feather boom period, or explore the town’s vibrant art scene at local galleries. Oudtshoorn is also home to the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, a yearly event showcasing the best of South African arts and theater.
In all, the Cango Ostrich Show Farm acts as a springboard to a world of adventure, natural beauty, and cultural richness, making it an ideal starting point for any trip to the Oudtshoorn area.
The Cango Ostrich Show Farm offers an exciting blend of education, interaction, and gourmet experiences, presenting the perfect day out for families, animal lovers, and curious explorers alike. Your journey into the world of ostriches awaits!