The Runner Duck Morning & Afternoon Parade
This waddling workforce is essential to the farm’s pest-control, consuming a startling amount of snails and bugs on their daily patrols. The ducks are also a big part of why Vergenoegd proudly carries WWF biodiversity certification.
We utilize 1070 Runner Ducks at the Vergenoegd farm to assist in the control of the snail and pest population in our vineyards, a practice we have been refining since 1984. We have a basic research and breeding program in place to keep our workforce of ducks productive, healthy and happy. Intrigued guests can take a tour of the duck pens and “breeding room” with one of our friendly duck herders!
Come and cheer the ducks on their way then stay a while and let us help you unfold the full Vergenoegd experience.
Due to the breeding season, our army of ducks have been split into working and breeding groups. During this period, you will see less ducks in the parade and in the vineyards. Follow us on Facebook and stay tuned over the next few days for a short series of informative video clips that covers duck related topics including why we have Indian Runner Ducks at Vergenoegd, duck life, living conditions, the integrated pest management and duck research program, the duck parade and more!
You are welcome to see our ducks at work in the vineyards (duck and vineyard tour) with a glass of our Runner Duck wine from 09:00 – 10:00 on weekdays to see how they perform their eco-friendly duties of chemical-free pest control!
DUCK PARADES: 10H30, 12H30 & 15H30 (Mon – Sun)
DUCK TOURS: 10H00 – 16H00 on the hour, every hour (Mon – Fri) – R40 per adult and R30 for kids under 12
An amusing daily ritual at Vergenoegd where our flock of Indian Runner Ducks line-up in eager anticipation of their day in the vineyards.
Come and join The Duck Parade by booking today!
Together with our working flock of more than 800 Indian Runner Ducks on the farm, we are one of Africa’s proud pioneers of a very unique, integrated pest management program.
We greatly appreciate a R10 contribution per person upon arrival at Vergenoegd (excluding Saturdays). Your valued contribution may be redeemed against any purchase from the farm and goes towards our Integrated Pest Management and Duck Research Program, the results of which will be made available to other vineyards or farms around the world that may opt for natural pest and snail control by Runner Ducks.
We thank you in advance and trust you will enjoy your time on Vergenoegd and with our working flock today.