I was looking through my pictures and realised that I must have missed out sharing my visit to the Ostrich Farm in Desaru. Pardon this abrupt post about Desaru from out of no where. ;p It would be classified in the Malaysia – Desaru category for easy reference.
We checked out of our hotel and made our way to the Ostrich Farm. From Kota Tinggi town to Desaru, we solely relied on the signboards along the way to lead us there. A usual 20mins drive to the Ostrich Farm became a 45mins drive as we missed an important turn and travelled off course for a while until we felt that it couldn’t be so far that we made a U-turn back and this time kept our eyes wide open for the signboards.
Entrance fee into the Ostrich Farm is RM12 and it includes a short presentation by the staff of the Ostrich Farm.
The Ostrich Farm sits on land almost equivalent to the size of two football fields and is home to more than 500 Ostriches of all age and sizes.
And this pen had ostriches which were less than a year old.
One of the owners of the farm who gave us a brief introduction on the ostriches and the farm.
It was hard and strong enough to support my weight without cracking under pressure when I stood on them.
The owner demonstrated how he removed the egg from its shell. I guess he wanted to use the egg shell into souvenirs like lamps which could be found in the gift shop at the entrance, hence he used a drill to drill a clean round hole on the shell and pierced a hole with a nail on the opposite end of the shell to allow the egg to flow out.
The owner poured the egg out into a big plastic container and you can clearly see that the ostrich egg was HUGE!
The size of one ostrich egg is more than 20times the size of one chicken egg!
After the presentation, we walked around the farm on our own.
Until the staff offered me a bunch of vege to purchase did the ostriches stop in their steps to take pictures with me!
Actually they are rather friendly birds but they get overly excited when they see a bunch of fresh vege in front of them and suddenly you see three to four heads stretched very close to you and they all start pecking away at vege very quickly.
If you have not tasted Ostrich meat or Ostrich egg before, you can head to the cafe at the entrance of the ostrich farm to cool down to a glass of cold drink and some Ostrich meat satay, Ostrich meat burger or Ostrich egg omelette.
We ordered the omelette and burger. The omelette tasted pretty much like chicken egg but it was a bit more foamy and airy but i am not sure if it was due to the preparation method. But the ostrich burger was nice and tender and tasted pretty normal without any gamy smell or taste.
If you would like to visit the farm, you could do it very comfortably on a day trip to Desaru. The drive takes about 1.5hrs – 2hrs from after the JB Checkpoint and I have listed down the details of the farm below so that you could use google map to help you plan your route.
S-9, Kampung Simon 81620,
Tel: 02-6-07 8265846
Opening Hours: 10am – 6pm Daily