Oudtshoorn in South Africa is the capital of the ostrich farming industry and is world famous for its breed of ostrich which is a cross between the resident Little Karoo breed and birds from North Africa; it is thought that the idea of farming ostriches for their feathers may have originated in Algeria.

The main appeal of the modern ostrich is its meat. In a world that prefers healthy, leaner cuts of protein, the ostrich fits the bill. Ostrich skin is also used for jackets, handbags and shoes, while the eggshells are used for decorative purposes. Visitors here can tour a number of ostrich farms where tours are organised on a daily basis. Here, at a working ostrich farm, you can see how the birds are bred as well as the various ways in which ostrich products are fashioned and marketed.

The accommodation and food here are excellent ranging from backpackers and bed and breakfast to luxury lodges. Self-catering options are also available.

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