Shore Excursion Details

Discover Oudtshoorn & Its Ostrich Heritage

Mossel Bay, South Africa

Discover Oudtshoorn & Its Ostrich Heritage


  • 5
    hrs Estimate Duration

Enjoy a scenic mountain drive to an ostrich farm on this entertaining tour. Journey along the magnificent Garden Route, passing ancient forests, golden beaches and craggy peaks covered in a flowering scrub called fynbos. As you turn inland into the Outeniqua Mountains, you’ll notice the terrain quickly changes from rugged coastal to an arid, desert-like landscape known as Karoo. Cross the Outeniqua Pass along a highway that was painstakingly blasted out of nearly impenetrable bedrock and wind along marvelous, sweeping curves that offer panoramic views in all directions.

Discover Oudtshoorn, set in an oasis-like location in a fertile valley, and behold the town’s ornate architecture, which reflects the opulence engendered by the ostrich-feather boom of 1860-1914, when Oudsthoorn supplied exotic feathers to adorn the clothing of ladies throughout Europe. Visit a working farm to learn how these giant birds are bred and reared, perhaps even seeing ostriches hatching in the incubator rooms. Stand on an ostrich egg, which is so hard that it won’t break, and even sit astride one of the statuesque birds, if you choose. As a joyous and unique way to conclude your wonderful excursion, watch jockeys demonstrate their riding prowess in a rousing ostrich derby.

Need to Know:

Note: This tour includes approximately one hour of moderate walking. There will be some gravel and uneven surfaces to negotiate. The tour is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair and is not recommended for guests with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; binoculars; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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Excursion Type:

Scenic & City Tours
Wildlife Tours

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Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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