Ostriches and Caves
Trip Start Jan 04, 2008
23Trip End Jan 31, 2008
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My first destination today is the Kango Caves. These caves are about 5 km in length, but only 2 km of the caves are open to the public. There are two tours available for the caves... the standard tour and the "adventure" tour. A sign next to the ticket booth warned that overweight people are not allowed to go on the tour. Thankfully I a dropped a bunch of weight earlier this year (thanks Lisa!) so I could go on the adventure tour.
The adventure tour was a quite a small group with only 7 people
After the Kango Caves, ostrich farms are the next biggest attraction. Did you know that 80% of the world's ostrich farming occurs in Oudtshoorn? Neither did I.
I took a tour of the oldest ostrich farm in the world, Highgate Farm. They go though and explain the whole process about raising these birds. The ostrich egg is quite large, and I actually stood on one without it breaking! But the real excitement of this tour was getting to ride an ostrich. A fully grown bird towers over me, buy about 4 feet. I needed a ladder to just get on.
And of course, for dinner tonight I had Ostrich. (not the same one I rode earlier). What did it taste like? Not chicken, but beef! Yes, ostrich meat is leaner than beef and tastes just like it. I will have to see if I can get this at home!
Tonight I am staying in a little cottage just outside of town. It is quite comfortable with a nice hammock out front. After all of the excitement from today, I can't wait to sit in the hammock with a beer and watch the stars!