El Hayaen Ostrich Farm – Visitors Guide

El Hayaen Ostrich Farm near Ofakim in Western Negev is a lovely attraction for families with young kids.

Map

El Hayaen Ostrich Farm is located not far from Ofakim and near HaBsor National Park (Eshkol Park).

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Interactive map of the area:

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Opening Hours

Saturday: 10:00 – 16:00

Entrance Fee

25 NIS per person.
Children under the age of 3 enter for free.

Note: opening hours and ticket prices were updated in November 2022. In any case, recheck the official site before visiting.

Contact Information

Phone: 052-690-1660
Email: el.hayaen@gmail.com
Website: el-hayaen.co.il

Events and Lodging

Before visiting El Hayaen Ostrich Farm, I wanted to mention that you can hold events (like weddings) or stay for the night at the farm. You can find additional details at the official site.

At Ostrich Farm

On one of the Saturdays of Festival Darom Adom, we drove to HaBsor National Park (Eshkol Park). And when we finished our visit there, we went to the ostrich farm, located less than a five-minute drive from HaBsor National Park (Eshkol Park).

El Hayaen Ostrich Farm
El Hayaen Ostrich Farm

This farm specializes in ostriches, but there are some other animals.

El Hayaen Ostrich Farm
El Hayaen Ostrich Farm

Note: for additional info about animals and wildlife, check out Zoos and Aquariums in Israel‎.

At entry, we received a small paper bag with food for ostriches.

Feeding Ostriches
Feeding Ostriches

But you have to be careful since they are not taking food very carefully. Ostriches tore many of the bags.

El Hayaen Ostrich Farm
El Hayaen Ostrich Farm

Besides ostriches, there are different farm animals (primarily chickens).

Rooster
Rooster

While there, I saw an informational sign with answers to two interesting questions. The first one: Do Ostriches bury their heads in the sand (when scared or threatened)? The short answer is no. It is an optical illusion. Ostriches are the biggest living birds, but their heads are small. When they pick at the ground from a distance, you might think they bury the head, but it hides behind a small hill.

Sign
Sign

The second question is whether ostriches are Kosher. The Book of Leviticus lists the ostrich as a bird that is forbidden to eat. Zoologists claim that the intention in The Book of Leviticus is to another already extinct bird. Nonetheless, ostrich is still considered as non-Kosher.

Feeding ostrich
Feeding ostrich

The Ostrich Farm is not big. There are probably a few dozen ostriches, and you can cover the whole farm in an hour. But, our visit was longer, about 1.5 hours. Besides the regular visit, we saw a magician performance (mainly for kids). Keep in mind that it was Saturday during Festival Darom Adom. Thus there were many people, and a show seemed obvious.

El Hayaen Ostrich Farm
El Hayaen Ostrich Farm

There is also a petting area and a small cafe.

Ostrich Farm
Ostrich Farm

Note: I read that there are sometimes tours, but there is no tour timetable. Thus if you are interested, ask about tours at the entrance.

Summary

It was a lovely experience, and the kids loved it. As I mentioned, this is not a big place, thus combining it with other attractions is a good idea. You can visit it after HaBsor National Park (Eshkol Park) or other places mentioned in the guide to Festival Darom Adom.

For additional info about nearby attractions, see Festival Darom Adom or explore the interactive map above.

Have you visited El Hayaen Ostrich Farm? Tell us about your experience in the comments below.

That’s all for today, and I’ll see you in future travels!

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Additional Resources

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