years the Westcoast Ostrich Show Ranch has been
offering a unique experience to visitors of the Western Cape. Situated
only twenty minutes from Cape Town's Waterfront, the Kanigowski family
have built up a very popular tourist destination encompassing informative
tours with a high quality, great value leather and curio shops and
an ostrich meat orientated restaurant. The business is family owned
and run, with Gavin and his son, Pawel, on hand to greet visitors.
The facilities we offer increase each year, allowing us to welcome
more and more tourists, while still offering a friendly professional
atmosphere. The farm nestles on the sea facing slopes of the Durbanville
hills, which offer magnificent views of Table Mountain and the Hottentots
Holland Mountains, an area steeped in local history.
History reveals that ostrich chicks were traded
by the original Khoi inhabitants with the Dutch Settlers in 1652
and exported from Cape Town to Batavia (now Indonesia) in 1656. There
were also exports to India and the Emperor of Japan in 1658.
The first documented ostrich farm was established
in the centre of Cape Town in 1679. The Westcoast Ostrich Ranch has
pioneered the revival of ostrich farming in the shadow of Table Mountain
This information website lays out our facilities,
both present and planned, to give you a full insight of how the Westcoast
Ostrich Show Ranch can fulfil your customers needs. If you have any
queries please feel free to contact us.
The Westcoast Ostrich Show Ranch offers guided tours
in English, Afrikaans, German and French. To the general public,
tours are run every half an hour, on the hour. However, for booked
groups, tours are run as requested and a tour guide is assigned to
the group for the duration of their visit. The tour comprises a forty-five
minute informative trail that includes a visit to the display room,
the leather factory and the cactus garden. The tour travels through
the ostrich breeding enclosures and it is not uncommon to see a newly
hatched chick or to witness an egg being laid. We have over 220 birds,
ranging from one day old chicks to 20 year old breeding couples.
The ranch stocks a variety of ostrich species and
other birds, which include, the Westcoast white ostrich, dwarf ostriches,
black-neck ostriches, emus, rheas and peacocks. The highlight of
the trail is the ostrich show, where each member of the tour has
the opportunity to sit on a live ostrich, stand on an ostrich egg,
feed an ostrich, all with the stunning backdrop of Table Mountain.
Tea and coffee is included.