Tuesday, 22 September 2015

The Kenyan "Red" Ostrich

The Kenyan Red can be a nasty fellow.  A very aggressive and territorial ostrich the Kenyan is clearly identifiable by his red coloring in the body and neck.  These bad tempered birds are larger than the South African ostriches, and can reach up to 160 kg.  They but do not have the same feather quality as the South African ostriches.  South African ostriches usually produce better skins as the feathers grow closer together and have a better pattern of quills on the skin.  Visit www.safariostrich.co.za  for more information on our tour offerings.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Feather Palaces from a bygone era

The famous Ostrich Feather palaces got their names from a time long gone by.  In the early 1900's farmers made their wealth through the sale of ostrich feathers into Europe.  They were known as feather barons.  These beautifully built houses were then called Feather Palaces.  There are few that remain today The Welgeluk Feather Palace, which means good luck, is situated at Safari Ostrich Show Farm.   Some interesting facts are; the tiles on the roof are from Belgium, windows are poured glass from Holland.  The house has 18 rooms and a bath that can take 1500lt of water and sit 5 people. It was built in 1910 and is a national monument.  Come visit Safari Ostrich Show Farm or get more info at
www.safariostrich.co.za

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Breeding season at Safari Ostrich Show Farm

Its that time of year again, when spring is in the air and mother nature gets the birds humming and the bees buzzing.  During the spring and summer months, ostriches will make their nests, lay their eggs and incubate for approx 42 days.  On the Safari Ostrich Show Farm we will be collecting eggs three a week and put the eggs in incubators for 42 days before the chicks start pipping.  Watch this unique video footage of a female ostrich laying an egg and the male is close by protecting her and the nest.

Visit our website at www.safariostrich.co.za for more information about ostriches and the tours we provide
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Friday, 11 September 2015

The Strongest Egg in the world

With our breeding ostriches laying eggs since we are in the middle of the breeding season - I want to share with you how strong ostrich eggs are.



The biggest bird in the world lays the biggest egg in the world. One ostrich eff can weigh about 1,5 kg. An adult ostrich can weigh up to 180 kg.
The male ostrich sits on the egg at night and the female during the day to incubate them. She is grey and he is black for camouflage so that predators can not see it is ostriches sitting on eggs.



The eggs have to be strong enough to carry the weight of the adult birds when they incubate them. One ostrich eff can take the weight of about 220 kg vertically and 120 kg horizontally. This means you can stand on ostrich eggs and they will not break. The eff shell is 2 mm thick which sounds like nothing but is the strongest shell on any egg.


Visit us at Safari Ostrich Farm and test the strength of the eggs on your guided Tractor Tour.

The most beautiful leather in the world

When you visit Safari Ostrich Show Farm for a guided tour you will find we also have a lovely restaurant as well as a Gift Shop.
Our Gift Shop is focused on elegant and well-crafted Ostrich Leather gifts. We have a wide range of beautiful handbags, ladies purses, belts and wallets. There is something for every taste and preference.
Ostrich leather is the 3rd strongest in the world and along with its richly textured and natural finish - it makes stunning products that will last a life-time. Ostrich leather is expensive but it sought after because of its durability and flexibility. Many of our ostrich products displayed in the Gift Shop is manufactured with skins from our farm. We pride ourselves on the quality of the products we offer to our clients as well as the range and price.

Do a tractor tour on Safari Ostrich Show Farm

A visit to Oudtshoorn would be incomplete without visiting Safari Ostrich Show Farm.  Situated in the picturesque Little Karoo, 6km from Oudsthoorn on the R328.

Be greeted by our friendly, proffesional guides who will take you on an educational, interactive and simply enjoable tour.  A highlite of this tour is a relaxing and exciting Tractor tour. This is the only ostrich farm where you will be able to enjoy such an experience.   Driving through a camp of Zimbabwean Blue ostriches - yes there are different types of ostrich - you will get the opportunity to get up close and personal with these massive birds and take some great photographs.  Depending on the time of year you may even see them on their nests incubating eggs.  The tractor the takes you past the  Kenyan red ostrich who never seems to be in a good mood and the crazy Australian Emu.

Remember this is the only place where you can experience a tractor ride through part of an ostrich farm in South Africa