Make highgate the starting point of your Klein Karoo story!

The World’s First, Finest and Most Original Ostrich Show Farm Established in 1938

Highgate Ostrich Show Farm has been telling the fascinating story of ostrich farming in Oudtshoorn for over a hundred years. Our tours surprise, inform, and delight visitors from all over the world.

Meet ostriches face to face and learn more about ostrich farming! We are one of the most popular outdoor activities in Oudtshoorn for all ages.


Experience the world’s largest bird, the ostrich, which lays the largest egg, has the most beautiful feathers and eyes that make you want to fall in love and hug them. We offer a variety of ostrich tours.

Each tour has 2 parts – the main yard and the farmlands. In the main yard, you will be shown different ostrich feathers, the incubators and how they work, gizzard stones, and you can feed the ostriches yourself!

The farmlands are where you will be shown the anatomy of an ostrich and visit the breeding pairs nest.


Traditional Ostrich Tour is not only enlightening but also fun for the whole family. Learn all about ostriches, feed one by hand, and watch as our staff expertly demonstrate the various crafts using the ostrich’s exquisite feathers, eggs, and leather.

You will be in awe with the beauty of your surroundings, with the Klein Karoo valley and the picturesque Swartberg Mountains.


  • Learn more about our incubators
  • Learn more about ostrich anatomy
  • Gizzard stones
  • Feed an ostrich by hand
  • Visit a breeding camp


Meals are served in The Pepper Tree Restaurant located in our historic homestead, with magnificent views of the Klein Karoo valley and picturesque Swartberg Mountains.


At Highgate we take advantage of our magnificent all-year round climate to set the tables under our ancient Peruvian Pepper Tree so the whole family dines al fresco-style while enjoying the great outdoors.

Whether it’s a cup of our special African Arabica coffee, something light for brunch or an expertly prepared no fat, low cholesterol ostrich steak for lunch, you will find a dish to please parents and children on our tapas menu.

We are also proud of our local wines and hand crafted beers which you can enjoy while the children play on our manicured lawns, clamber over the jungle gym playground & enjoy a unique donkey cart ride.


Catch your breath and visit our shop selling only genuine, South African-made products, many of which are produced by our skilled staff on the farm using our own resources.

From beautiful decoupage ostrich eggs to delicate ostrich leather products, fashionable clothing and the ubiquitous ostrich feather dusters, they are all made with skill and love by our people who take pride in their crafts.

We offer a range of Ostrich-related products, including eggs, leather products, etchings, and feather dusters.

Also available is a specially selected range of regional wines, olives and snacks.


A wedding is a day-long celebration of one of our oldest rituals – joining two people in matrimony. It was as the Bishop of London called it “a day of hope” and showed that no matter how far away we move from the old ways, there is an essence to this tradition that we recognise and crave. It is the promise to love and be loved and the belief that we can.

In the heart of the Klein Karoo lies one of the best kept gems, Highgate, the oldest and most original Ostrich Show Farm in the world. Highgate’s beautiful Karoo gardens and charming rustic indoor venue provide the most idyllic setting for a romantic wedding or special celebration.

As intimate as you wish for or as much family and friends, your day is carefully planned keeping in mind that your wedding day is the most beautiful stepping stone in beginning your life together. The Volmoed church is only 6 km away from our stunning farm. Accommodation options include the highly acclaimed De Denne Guesthouse offering 21 rooms and the stunning Mooiplaas, offering 32 rooms only 1 km away from the farm.

We also offer a range of Ostrich products, including eggs, leather items, etchings, and feather dusters!

Get in Touch

Contact Details
Telephone: +27 272 7115
Fax: +27 71 076 9964
Email: reservations@highgate.co.za
Website: www.highgate.co.za


Decimal Degrees (WGS84)
Latitude: -33.657778
Longitude: 22.135833

Degrees, Minutes & Seconds
Latitude: S33 39 28
Longitude: E22 08 09

Latitude: S 33 39.467
Longitude: E 22 08.150