Ever played chicken with an ostrich? Now’s your chance. Admittedly I had the protection of a bull-barred pick-up truck but it was exciting stuff, rattling around the farm collecting still-warm eggs for the incubator and doing our best to avoid overly ruffling their fathers’ feathers. Waterkloof is an ostrich farm through and through and there is nothing that Hannes (only the seventh generation of the Uys family to work this land!) doesn’t know about these feisty fowl. They use the leather for bags, the eggs for breakfast, the eggshells for lampshades and the meat for supper (food is particularly good here - Christine makes sure of this). Sunk into rolling fields of barley and wheat, this is a hard-working farm but a great place to take it easy. The bathrooms have Victorian baths and separate showers, while cool, luxurious bedrooms open onto the garden and fountain. Wild fig trees shade benches built for reading on and the pool area has its own kitchen for help-yourself Sunday lunches. And if you feel like a change of scenery (and wildlife), Witsand is the place to see migrating whales. Back at the house Hannes patiently answered my babble of questions as we sank into ostrich-leather-covered armchairs and tucked into a traditional Afrikaans braai (ostrich sausages, of course) and Christine’s utterly delicious and ostrich-free cheesecake. Leather goods made by Italian designers in Cape Town are sold here for a third of the price too!