So my buddy and I wanted to ride an ostrich. That was one of our major goals for our South Africa trip. To ride a freaking ostrich. We are both not small men, standing about 6'1" and naturally about 185 lbs - just under 90kg. We wanted to ride them and saw all kinds of weight limits, mostly 75kg (165 lbs) and some mentions of 80kg (176 lbs). So with months to prepare, we began dieting (I was aiming for 80kg as I'm quite buff ;) and couldn't realistically get much lower than that without cutting muscle).
We researched all the different ostrich farms before going to see what the weight limits were and our chances. All kind of reviews give different ideas - and as we traveled in South Africa and asked ppl (we were sorta obsessed - though it was a really great motivator to be healthy) - they all said not to worry, that the ostrich farms don't care that much and we'd be fine.
So we get there and at first try Cango Ostrich and Butterfly farm - they were holding strictly to 75 kg, had a scale, and also the ostrich jockeys would decide in the end. These dudes are 5' tall and weigh about 10 kg. So we ended up avoiding that one as we heard that Safari Ostrich farm was less strict.
After Cango Caves, we drive back up through Oudtshoorn and to this place. Get there and find out their limit to ride (as in race) is 70kg - and they have a scale and weigh the crap out of you. So, that sucked. However, HOWEVER!! They allow up to 80kg to sit on the ostriches and take pictures. Which we did and it was spectacular. Though I felt sorta bad b/c these were not giant ostriches and so I tried not to put my full weight on it.
As far as the rest of the farm, we started with a little video, then toured the farm, seeing a variety of different ostrich species, emus, and got to stand on ostrich eggs to prove how strong they are. Then we watched a young lady volunteer to ride an ostrich and that was great - she was scared as hell and the thing ran all around (totally safe, 3 handlers were with her) and it was a lot of fun. Finished watching an ostrich race and bid adieu.
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