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Ostrich, Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, Oudtshoorn, South Africa

Oudtshoorn boasts the largest population of ostriches on the planet and many of them are based at the Highgate Ostrich Show Farm, which has been entertaining the public since 1938.

One of the main attractions at this Oudtshoorn ostrich farm is the daily ostrich racing, featuring colourfully dressed local 'jockeys' who enjoy the competition just as much as the spectators. Despite weighing as much as 160kg, ostriches can run at speeds of up to 70km/h, making them nearly twice as fast as the average Olympic sprinter – but over longer distances.

We also got a chance to ride ostriches to get a sense of what's that like. Trust me, it's unforgettable, and a photo of me riding an ostrich has been my Google profile picture for the past 5 years.

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