Mary French

Kolossi - Cyprus

17 October 2002

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I met Mary at the George airport and without wasting much time we went straight to Botlierskop game farm where the below pictures were taken.

Mary viewing giraffe on the farm


The rhinos seemed quite friendly J


The sable antelope were rather lazy on the day J

While on safari on Botlierkop we were constantly being watched by this young friendly gentleman from Sweden  J

After our safari on Botlierskop we travelled Lake Pleasant Hotel where we had dinner and thereafter we travelled on to Knysna and took up residence at Overmeer Guesthouse.

Day 2


Our first port of call was to visit Ruby Red an his owner who stay over the road form Overmeer. Needless to say we also wanted to see the unique signposting at the house in honour of Ruby Red reading "care cats crossing". J


We stopped in at Plettenberg Bay where this picture was taken of Mary admiring the wonderful view above the Beacon Isle hotel.


While stopping in at Natures Valley we saw this wonderful king protea.


At Natures Valley Mary found a friend. J

On returning to Knysna we had a wonderful dinner at La Loerie restaurant and then returned to Overmeer.

Day 3


We stopped in at the Heads a our first stop on the day.


We travelled to the village Belvedere and stopped in at the Round Church in the village


We travelled on to Scarab where Mary had some fun buying Elephant dung paper cards.

We then travelled on to the Wilderness where with some "chance taking"  J from Mary we landed up at a spot with a wonderful view as can be seen below. I named the area in honour of Mary as "the French Quarter"

Mary admiring the "French Quarter"

Day 4


Before leaving Overmeer we took this photo of the Fechter family with Mary and our favourite Labrador puppy Mowgli.


On our way out of Knysna we stopped by the lagoon and saw a baptism taking place


While driving back to Cape Town we turned in at an unknown turnoff and landed up in a wonderfully scenic spot which we found out was called Bethel.


On our way back to Cape Town we stopped at the Gouritz River bungi jumping venue however Mary refused to jump. J


En route to Cape Town we stopped in at Hermanus and saw lots of whales as the below photos prove


On arrival in Cape Town we checked in at Avanti guesthouse and then made our way to the wonderful Golden Jewel Chinese restaurant where the above photo was taken.

Day 5

On this day my brother Robert took Mary on tour as I had commitments that had been made before I arranged Mary's tour for this day. Robert and Mary visited Kirstenbosch and Clara Anna Fontein where the following pictures were taken.





This ostrich just would not get out of the vehicles way when Robert and Mary tried to travel on Clara Anna Fontein. 

In the evening Robert and Mary went for a fish dinner to Panama Jacks

Day 6

We started our day by going up Signal Hill and then to the Noon Gun where we heard the gun fire and I took the above picture.


Mary admiring Cape Town from Signal Hill.


We went down to the Cape Town aquarium where we had lunch and I took this silhouetted picture of Mary and Table Mountain.


As can be seen we had a fabulous time in the aquarium.

That evening we had a wonderful dinner at the Africa Cafe.

Day 7

This was our last day together and we travelled into the Winelands so as to visit Kayamandi, Stellenbosch, the Cheetah foundation and eventually Somerset West.

The next 4 photos were taken of Mary in Kayamandi

Nozandile (creche teacher), Nosiwe (Umzwaki's wife), Mary and Umzwaki pose for a picture in the Lukhanyiso creche.



On our way to the Cheetah Foundation we stopped in at a farm outside Stellenbosch where we had the opportunity of seeing the very rare black Springbok a the below photo shows.


At the Cheetah Foundation Mary had great fun playing with the three new cubs on the farm as well as with the adult cheetah Nyana


On our arrival in Somerset West Mary was reunited with her friends Bob and Judy in a happy fashion as the above photo depicts. Mary stayed on with Bob and Judy for 9 days before returning to Cyprus


What a great tour this truly was. Mary was an adventurous traveler which allowed me to take travel risks while we were touring. In this way we landed up at some wonderful venues that I had never even seen myself. All in all a fabulous experience was had by both Mary and myself and it would not have happened if a past visitor and great lover of South Africa, viz. Freddy Humphreys had not introduced me to Mary. Thanks Freddy.