Here at Strawberry Hill Farm we love our furry family members and we know how much comfort they give everyone during lockdown. So here's a little tribute to them.
Unfortunately, our cottages are not yet equipped to allow you to bring your own pets with you to the property. We border on a nature reserve without fences and we just can’t risk pets getting into the reserve. We hope that you understand and that you will enjoy meeting our fury friends when you visit us.
Our feline members are all named after African dictators because they are the ultimate rulers. Mobutu Sese Seko and Idi Amin were brothers who were adopted from a neighboring farm when they were young teenagers. Mobutu, unlike what his name would imply, was a gentle soul. He was sickly from a young age and was suddenly taken from us before his time by a rare spine disease. But we will always remember him as a kind loving cat. His brother, Amin, is a formidable hunter. Strangely for a cat, he dislikes heights and prefers to remain grounded and rather enjoys long naps under the tree or on a bathroom mat. He always greets you with a warm meow! But don’t be fooled by this attention and be tempted to pick him up because he is far too independent and will be happy to show you his discomfort!
Ranavalona, named after the queen dictator of Madagascar, arrived from the SPCA in 2017. She lives up to her title and is a fierce redhead who rules the farm. She is known for enjoying the finer things and prefers fine linen and drinking purified water from the tap! She enjoys long sunset walks and front seat drives around the farm. She is notorious for when she locked herself in the car on her way to the vet to be spade. A specialized locksmith had to be called in to break her out. Talk about a tantrum!
Finally, the canine potion of the family! The
newest member of the family is a fierce little
package! Eva is a Staffordshire Terrier
and the embodiment of the phrase “dynamite
comes in small packages”! Her power meter is set
to 100% and she can be found zooming
around wherever the boss lady is. Her hobbies
include splashing in the shallow dam waters,
flicking sand in the air for herself to catch,
fiercely protecting her yard from the skellum
baboons and just being with her mom. Aileen
(boss lady) and Eva have a special hobby
together where they overland on Aileen’s mountain bike, towing a specially made trailer for Eva to sit in. Eva loves it so much the real trick is getting her out of her bike trailer! Eva is the face of the farm and anyone visiting will get to know her well!
The Strawberry Hill Farm’s nature conservation student and the Grootvadersbosch Conservancy’s nature conservation student also stay on our property. They brought with them a new member to add to the farm's furry team- Ash! He is a rescue dog saved from the George fires that raged two years ago. He started off as flee ridden and skinny but, with much love and care, has been transformed into one of the most confident and good-looking hounds around. He is the number one partner in crime to the first lady (Eva) and you can find these two zooming around relentlessly all day!
Life in a forest in the mountains