7 April 2001
My good friend Martin arrived in Cape Town on 6 April in the early morning and by the afternoon he was in Pollsmoor Prison.............................having lunch! After that we went on a short tour of Cape Town and that night Bette, Martin and Selwyn had dinner at our apartment.
The next day we started out at midday and traveled down the Garden Route. After traveling through Albertinia we got caught up in a huge rainstorm and just look what happened.
Bette and Martin in front of a rainbow we saw in Albertinia
A panoramic view of the same rainbow in Albertinia.
On our second day we traveled via the Bloukrans Valley to the Stormsriver Bridge. On the way we passed the Bloukrans Bridge, which can be seen in the background and is about 2 km behind Martin
This photo of the Bloukrans Bridge shows that it is 216 metres (600 ft) high and is the highest bungi jump in the world. Martin tried to square a deal with the organizers to jump if they paid him $500,000. They thought about it and reckoned he was not worth the money. (-:) (-:)
Martin obliged Bette and myself by taking this wonderful picture of us posing in front of our second glorious rainbow in 2 days. This photo was taken at Plettenberg Bay.
On our third day we visited Brenton on Sea and Buffels Bay. Just after this photo was taken Martin and Bette went on a 6km walk along the unobstructed beach seen behind him in this photo.
This was the scene that we saw every morning when we left Overmeer. Note the Outeniqua Choe Choe on the railway bridge.
Martin looking rather jittery on top of the Swartberg Mountains
Martin showing his conquest (-:) - The map of the Swartberg Mountains as seen from the air.
Martin and Selwyn standing outside CJ's where we had wonderful Karoo Lamb chops
Martin showing off the board at the Prince Albert gas station where the conditions on the Swartberg Mountains were displayed
Martin looking decisively chilly while standing with Bette at Misty Cliffs.
How about the big Stormers supporter? This photo was taken just before we went off to the Stormers vs Crusaders game
Martin, Bette and Selwyn just before we went off to celebrate Selwyn's birthday at the Blue Danube Restaurant
The last part of our journey was when we went on safari at Ezulwini Game Farm. Here Martin is rather "bravely" posing with the game rangers Johann and Micha
Martin surrounded by the some of the many giraffes that we saw on the game farm
The "big game viewer" does his morning recce from the watch tower at Billy's camp
On our third day at Ezulwini the owner Lawrence Saad and all his family as well as folk from lodge took us down to the River Lodge (second game lodge on Ezulwini). Everybody from Billy's joined us that evening for a stunning bush braai (bush barbecue). Before that all happened we spotted a hippo and her baby in the Olifants river. Here we see Lawrence, Micha, (ranger) Martin, Margie (travel agent for Ezulwini) and Pieter (ranger) in front of the area where we spotted the hippo.
After our stay at River lodge we bade all farewell at the wonderful Ezulwini and traveled back to Johannesburg where Martin caught the flight back to Fort Lauderdale.
All in all Martin's tour was a very adventurous and eventful one. We shared a lot and it was very hard to say goodbye at the airport. Now its my turn to join Martin in Fort Lauderdale sometime!