The 4.2-hectare Jelita Ostrich Farm, located on a 75-hectare site, has been certified by the Malaysian Book of Records as the first ostrich farm in Malaysia.
Here, visitors are briefed on the ostrich industry by an experienced multilingual guide who will take visitors through the farm. Visitors are then taken to a breeding pen where a demonstration on the right way to pick up eggs will be shown.
Visitors are allowed to ride ostriches and those who do so are given certificate qualifying them as ostrich jockeys. A visit to the farm is now not complete without the race and the chariot ride.
Only four to five birds would take part in a race and the interesting feature of an ostrich race is the way the birds manoeuvre at bends.
There are no rules in an ostrich race and the first bird that turns back and heads for the starting point is the winner. They can just run a few metres and head back to the starting point. An ostrich can achieve a speed of up to 70kph.
The other attractions at the farm include ostrich rides where visitors are also given certificates, and the man against egg challenge where one stands on an ostrich egg in an attempt to break it.
Apart from the farm activities, there is a souvenir store, a stall serving ostrich satay as well as ostrich essence with ginseng are available.
Jelita Impian Ostrich Farm is open daily from 9am to 5pm. Products made from ostrich oil available here include the face cream + vitamin E, hand and body lotions, face wash and soaps.
How to get there
The farm is located at the Seremban-Jelebu Road (Jalan Pantai), 10 kilometres from Seremban and 10 kilometres from Pantai.
Seremban town has a wide range of accommodation available, from basic backpacker’s hostels to 5-star hotels.