Discovering the world of ostriches on our Garden Route tours.


Garden Route Tours, The ostriches of Oudtshoorn

One of the interesting birds of the Garden Route is the worlds biggest bird- a ostrich. One will see these birds as you are traveling through the Little Karoo on your way down to Oudtshoorn or lately one will tend to see them even in the region of the Overberg amongst the sheep. The Ostrich is a bird of about 140 kilogram and is about 180 centimetres high.

Ostrich farming started commercially on the Garden Route about 120 years ago. This was in a period when the demand for ostrich feathers was huge in Europe, Ostrich feathers became so expensive that a once of feathers was more expensive than a once of gold.

This situation lasted till the outbreak of the first world war. Feathers was in great demand in the hats of ladies so it was mainly used in the fashion industry.

Today Ostrich Farms are open to the public and ostrich farm tours are now on all the programs of all the Garden Route Tours. The income from ostrich farming is now also more diverse than before.

Today it is not only the feathers but also the eggs and the sought after leather products. Your Garden Route tour will not be complete if you do not enjoy a very well prepared steak at one of the many steakhouses.

 

 


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