Monday, June 28
After driving back towards the city to get back on Route 62, we didn’t get far. We realized we needed to visit a real ostrich farm if we were going to truly “do” Oudtshoorn. We couldn’t drive past the Cango Ostrich Farm without stopping in for a tour. After some lessons on the history of ostrich farming in South Africa and on ostriches themselves, we got to go and see the farm. We got to “hug” ostriches, see some eggs, see the emus they have, watch some ostrich jockeys, and then Josh got an “ostrich massage”. The guide had Josh hold the feed bucket in front him while a ton of the female ostriches craned their necks over and around his shoulders to get in the bucket.
Cango Ostrich Farm:
Getting our ostrich hugs:
This is the nicest female (which we hugged) and on the right is a dwarf ostrich female. Every time they try to put her in a pen with another female, the big one beats her up, so she lives alone.
This is one of their emus:
The mating pairs have these houses to nest in:
A male, checking us out:
A look at all the pens:
Josh getting his “massage” and really thinking about his earring! From the beginning of the tour, the guide had been teasing Josh to watch his “shiny” earring because it was just the perfect shiny type of bauble (and height) that an ostrich would love to peck at and eat!
Josh checking the eggs:
The shells are super strong!