farm sit in South Africa Cape Town

A FARM SIT IN AFRICA….

A Farm Sit in Africa.... - Cape Town, South Africa, International House & Pet Sitting

*********

“I had a farm in Africa….”

Meryl Streep’s iconic first words from Out of Africa came to mind when I was offered a farm sit in the lovely wine region around Cape Town – Wellington to be exact.

The scenery was quite different of course, and I wasn’t involved in running a farm, except for watching over 6 large dogs, but for my first exploration of Africa, this was an awesome start!

"A Farm Sit in Africa...." - Cape Town, South Africa, International House & Pet Sitting, SassyZenGirl.com

The farm was owned by a young couple – an American NGO/Health consultant and a South African farmer who had taken over the family business and added a nursery – lovely people!

The dogs were “lovely”, too…..;-)

6 big males all named after famous people (you can guess…..):

Ringo, Arnold, Nelson, Oscar, Jasper and Max….

"A Farm Sit in Africa...." - Cape Town, South Africa, International House & Pet Sitting, SassyZenGirl.com

….a mix of Rottweilers, Rhodesian Ridgebacks and Weimaraners – gorgeous dogs and very well trained and behaved.

I love solitude and spending a month here over Christmas and New Year’s was Heaven!

The staff were all on Christmas break, so I had the place to myself, except for one worker who quietly came morning and evening to look after the nursery and check on things.

Wonderful man!

The scenery was stunning – the mountains in the back and a lake in the front, embraced beautifully by vineyards and olive groves.

"A Farm Sit in Africa...." - Cape Town, South Africa, International House & Pet Sitting, SassyZenGirl.com

"A Farm Sit in Africa...." - Cape Town, South Africa, International House & Pet Sitting, SassyZenGirl.com

Dog Walking among lakes and vineyards…

This is where I would walk the dogs twice a day….

"A Farm Sit in Africa...." - Cape Town, South Africa, International House & Pet Sitting, SassyZenGirl.com

"A Farm Sit in Africa...." - Cape Town, South Africa, International House & Pet Sitting, SassyZenGirl.com

"A Farm Sit in Africa...." - Cape Town, South Africa, International House & Pet Sitting, SassyZenGirl.com

"A Farm Sit in Africa...." - Cape Town, South Africa, International House & Pet Sitting, SassyZenGirl.com

"A Farm Sit in Africa...." - Cape Town, South Africa, International House & Pet Sitting, SassyZenGirl.com

"A Farm Sit in Africa...." - Cape Town, South Africa, International House & Pet Sitting, SassyZenGirl.com

"A Farm Sit in Africa...." - Cape Town, South Africa, International House & Pet Sitting, SassyZenGirl.com

"A Farm Sit in Africa...." - Cape Town, South Africa, International House & Pet Sitting, SassyZenGirl.com

"A Farm Sit in Africa...." - Cape Town, South Africa, International House & Pet Sitting, SassyZenGirl.com

"A Farm Sit in Africa...." - Cape Town, South Africa, International House & Pet Sitting, SassyZenGirl.com

"A Farm Sit in Africa...." - Cape Town, South Africa, International House & Pet Sitting, SassyZenGirl.com

a lovely garden…

"A Farm Sit in Africa...." - Cape Town, South Africa, International House & Pet Sitting, SassyZenGirl.com

"A Farm Sit in Africa...." - Cape Town, South Africa, International House & Pet Sitting, SassyZenGirl.com

"A Farm Sit in Africa...." - Cape Town, South Africa, International House & Pet Sitting, SassyZenGirl.com

and then there was a horse!

A Horse in the Garden….

32 years old(!) – ancient for a horse – and had never been ridden. She had lived on the farm all her life and did whatever she pleased.

She was not tied to a stall but could just wander around wherever she wanted…

Yes, there’s a horse in the garden!

"A Farm Sit in Africa...." - Cape Town, South Africa, International House & Pet Sitting, SassyZenGirl.com

"A Farm Sit in Africa...." - Cape Town, South Africa, International House & Pet Sitting, SassyZenGirl.com

She was gorgeous and didn’t look a day over 10….;-) and she was very confident – to the great frustration of the dogs.

They tried to chase and scare her, but she wasn’t impressed and would kick at them if they got too close – they were quite scared of her. Good for you, girl!

"A Farm Sit in Africa...." - Cape Town, South Africa, International House & Pet Sitting, SassyZenGirl.com

During the day, she liked to be let outside for a walk in the vineyards……what a life!

International House & Pet sitter - LuxuryPetCompanion.com

Big Doggy Personalities

Among the dogs, each had a distinct and lovely personality.

There was beautiful Oscar – always a little hyper, and VERY aware of how handsome he was – making sure I didn’t forget. Very mischievous that one….;-)

"A Farm Sit in Africa...." - Cape Town, South Africa, International House & Pet Sitting, SassyZenGirl.com

Ringo was the smartest and a little Yogi. He knew how to open the doors and would occasionally sneak into the house during the day. I could relate, he needed some space, and he was very quiet.

"A Farm Sit in Africa...." - Cape Town, South Africa, International House & Pet Sitting, SassyZenGirl.com

Nelson, my favorite – a huge muscular Rhodesian – who would have been better served with the name Arnold than Nelson (Mandela), but that name went to his little brother.

"A Farm Sit in Africa...." - Cape Town, South Africa, International House & Pet Sitting, SassyZenGirl.com

Nelson was actually very caring and one time when the dogs were playing and accidentally ran me over, he wouldn’t leave my side, making sure I got up again and that I wasn’t hurt. Wonderful dog!

The smaller version and the puppy in the group was Arnold. He was adorable, especially when he wrinkled his little forehead trying to think really hard – and quite deep I might add….;-)

That’s him, proudly carrying a branch he picked up.

"A Farm Sit in Africa...." - Cape Town, South Africa, International House & Pet Sitting, SassyZenGirl.com

Rottie Jasper always managed to spray me with water when he came out of the lake. No matter how far I moved, he would always drench me….;-)

"A Farm Sit in Africa...." - Cape Town, South Africa, International House & Pet Sitting, SassyZenGirl.com

Maxi, the oldest, was another Rottie with a birth defect that made it hard for him to walk. He didn’t join us on the walks, but liked the ladies. Really…;-) – he loved females coming over and padding him and became gentle and sweet though he looked very fierce.

Magical Sunsets

In the evening, we would often walk up the hills to a sundowner spot with a beer or a glass of wine – and the sunsets were truly magnificent:

"A Farm Sit in Africa...." - Cape Town, South Africa, International House & Pet Sitting, SassyZenGirl.com

"A Farm Sit in Africa...." - Cape Town, South Africa, International House & Pet Sitting, SassyZenGirl.com

"A Farm Sit in Africa...." - Cape Town, South Africa, International House & Pet Sitting, SassyZenGirl.com

A wonderful experience that will always count among my favorite house sits.

A farm in Africa……

More Post on South Africa

The Magnificent Cape Peninsula

10 Amazing Things to Do in Cape Town

7 Power Gifts I received from Nelson Mandela

Road Trips South Africa – The Garden Route

One Man’s Quest to Erase Poverty – One School at a Time….

The Quiet Beauty of Golden Gate

AFRICA on SassyZenGirl

Learn how to Travel for Free!

how to travel for free and get paid to travel

* FREE Accommodation, Rental Cars & Flights

* Mistake Fares, Finding Discount Codes & Last Minute Deals

* Solid financial Strategies for Long Term Travel

Get the Smash Hit #1 Amazon Bestseller for FREE!

 
We respect your privacy.

8 Comments

  1. Beautiful!! – and that horse…..priceless….;-) – thanks for sharing that beautiful story! Out of Africa is one of my favorite movies, so I know what you mean….

Leave a Reply

You have to agree to the comment policy.