The Inquisitive Striped Mice And Your Cape Town Holiday


Let me tell you a story about myself. I grew up on a farm. My mother had a pet shop. And we had pet chicks and chickens for the pot. Piglets to play with and crispy bacon for breakfast. We knew where things came from. Rabbits, white rats and mice were boringly ordinary.

Moving to Cape Town from the wild Lowveld with its lions, and elephants we had to deal with baboons, striped mice, clawless otters, penguins, sharks etc. Can you believe it?

On many a day beautiful and inquisitive striped mice, called Rhabdomys, tip toes casually calm and relaxed into our house. Trying to grab dog food they get stalked by my Italian Greyhound. And the conflict gets extended to my wife and daughter trying to fend for the fragile little mouse. On the other side, I feel my dog is free to defend his territory and food. 

Sometimes the dog wins, sometimes the mouse escapes.

Why am I telling you this?

If you are going to holiday in Cape Town, and you are not going to stay in an illusionary white tower building somewhere on the waterfront, then you will encounter ordinary wildlife. In your holiday house. Fact.

You may come across the little striped mouse. You can fend for it with a little scrap food, you can kill it with a broom or choose an illusionary house in the sky to go and stay in. The choice is yours.

Places like Kommetjie, Scarborough, Simonstown and many other are within nature reserves. If you choose to holiday here then know that you will encounter the stripe mouse, you may see baboons at close range.

And as they say; if you cannot handle the heat get your mother in law to do the cooking. But don’t come crying to me.

In future episodes I will share with you my dark meeting with a clawless otter. At the time I did not know what I was encountering. Or I’ll tell you about the Johannesburg executive who packed his bags as he was unpacking them. A passing troop of baboons came down to greet him.

Have lots of fun

Johan Horak
P.S. We only do unbiased Cape Town Accommodation.


August 16, 2013

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