Cape Town, South Africa
Ostrich Farm & Wine Tasting
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Approximately 4½ Hours
Travel along the West Coast of Cape Town towards Bloubergstrand, where you will stop briefly to take a photograph of the picture-postcard view of Table Mountain and the city across Table Bay.
You're headed to the Cape Town Ostrich Ranch to learn about the habits, breeding and characteristics of this amazing bird.
A 45-minute guided tour will take you over the trail, through the display room and leather factory, past west coast white ostriches, dwarf ostriches, black-neck ostriches, emus, rheas and peacocks, ostrich chicks, the incubator and the cactus garden. Take in a spectacular view of Table Mountain and the surrounding countryside. You will also have the opportunity to have your photo taken sitting on an ostrich, with Table Mountain as a backdrop.
After the visit, depart for Durbanville to visit a local winery. The original name of these hills on which the estate is located is the Tygerberg Hills, named not as you might expect for the tiger, but for the leopard. The name derives from the word tijger, which is Dutch for leopard. The early settlers at the Cape chose this name because of the dotted effect of the hills covered in indigenous shrubs resembling the skin of a leopard. The winery draws its grapes from a group of neighboring farms, selected for their outstanding crop quality. Enjoy a formal wine-tasting session.
Wear comfortable walking shoes. A great deal of walking is required. Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair or for those with mobility limitations. Maximum weight to sit on the ostrich is 220 lbs. This tour is available only to guests whose cruise does not begin or end in Cape Town.