Pet care in Maun Botswana
Welcome to my listing! I live in a spacious, rented 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house in a quiet and in a leafy part of Maun, gateway to the Okavango Delta. The house, although an old prefab house, is set on a beautiful large tree-filled plot on the Thamalakane River which flows through Maun. The house is ideally suited to a couple. I regret that due to the more remote area I live, I do not believe the house sit is suitable for children. I have 3 lovely dogs and one cat who need care and attention while I am away. I travel quite regularly for 2-3 weeks at a time. I live alone and my animals are very precious to me. Maun is a small town and a quiet place to live. It is not suitable for city dwellers as the town does not have all the amenities of a city in the first world. The garden is filled with interesting bird life and the location would suit those who prefer a quiet rural escape. The house does have wi fi so sitters can connect to the outside world!
Our Home & Location
3 bedroom house, two bathroom house (each bathroom has a bath and one has a shower) with a fully equipped kitchen and scullery (gas stove and electric oven and washing machine), open lounge with TV (DVD and external hard drive with movies) and stereo with a range of CDs. There is a garage, storeroom, staff toilet and shower. The property is fenced (part concrete walls and wire mesh) and has lovely views onto the river. There is an aircon in the main bedroom and the dining room. We pump water from the river so this is fine for washing and we have a wonderful water filter system for drinking water which is excellent. Problems are not frequent and I do belong to a neighborhood watch scheme and have a 911 radio for emergencies. My neighbor is the head of the 911 Neighborhood Watch Scheme.
The garden is large and mostly developed so lots of green grass and shrubs and plants which attract birds in large numbers. Electricity is provided and the cooker has a gas top and electrical oven. The house is a 10 minute drive into the center of the town where there are the usual shopping, banking and general purchase facilities. There are not many leisure facilities in the town. There are 2 or 3 riverside lodges only a 10 minute drive away and good spots for brunch and a swim in hot weather. Maun has grown considerably over the last few years and there are now a few coffee shops and some new good restaurants. Nhabe Museum in the centre of town has a good traditional restaurant and there are often exhibition of art and crafts. Moremi Game Reserve is a 2 hour drive away on untarred roads and is suitable for a day trip in a 4 x 4 vehicle. An hour on the road out towards Moremi does bring you into contact with some wildlife though 40kms from Maun the tar ends so that road is only suitable for a 4x4 car with high clearance. Where the tar ends, however, is in the small village of Shorobe where there is a good display of traditional Botswana baskets for sale....
The house is on the Thamalakane River which is the main river that flows from the Okavango Dela and through the town. It generally flows all year round but in some drought years, it does dry up.
The walks on the along the river bank are lovely. The river does have crocodiles and hippo so extra caution is needed when walking the dogs. Emma loves to swim but only in shallow areas far from lurking crocs!
As are in Africa, we do face challenges from time to time such as power outages that can last for several hours. We are lucky to have a good vet in town and we do have good medical and dental facilities for every day medical needs as well as a range of supermarkets and a good health shop. A more detailed briefing leaflet is provided for confirmed sitters with a full list if contact numbers if helpful people and more infirmation on the animals. An unblocked cell phone is essential and cell phone airtime is not expensive. + More info
Responsibilities & Pets
Primarily, house sitters need to love animals. I have a 3 dogs - a female black Lab called Emma, a female mixed breed dog called Chloe and a male wire terrier called Terri! I also have a female cat called Losiento whom I domesticated from the wild. The dogs are very social and need sitters who will care for them and be at home in the evenings. The dogs also require daily walks. Some supervision of a gardener is also required. I do have a loyal and dedicated domestic worker who will take care of the house and provide domestic support to the sitters. My Toyota Rav 4 car can be provided if the sitters are prepared to insure it while they are here.
Sitters are required too:...
- take care of and love the animals as if they were their own
- be on the property at night and at weekends if at all possible
- see to breakages and property maintenance as these arise (contact details of all maintenance people are provided in the briefing notes)
- supervise the domestic staff and provide them with support and advice where needed
- keep a record of staff absences due to illness or requested days off
- buy basic provisions for the staff and cleaning materials for the house if these run out
- with the gardener, maintain the garden and ensure plants are watered and the small herb and vegetable garden is cared for and the produce reaped for consumption
- take care of the loaned vehicle and keep it in good running order
- enjoy this beautiful corner of the Delta + More info