Howard and Leslie Needleman

Needham,  Massachusetts - USA

12 October 2003

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I met Howard and Leslie at the Cape Town airport and we immediately made our way to Tempe Guesthouse where they had about 2 hours of rest before we continued our journey of touring Cape Town.

Day 1
12 October 2003

We started our day tour of the city by traveling through many of the streets of what turned out to be a very quiet Sunday afternoon in the Cape Town city center

Howard standing on the plinth commemorating where the slaves were sold in days of old Cape Town


Leslie and Howard in the Cape Malay Quarter of Boo-Kaap.


A great picture in front of a rather hazy Table Mountain


Howard, Leslie and myself at the Mount Nelson where we enjoyed high tea.



This was a fun picture that we took in the Cape Colonial restaurant of the Mount Nelson Hotel.

In the evening Bette joined us and we all went for a light supper at the New York Bagel Deli.


Day 2
13 October 2003

Cape Peninsula Tour


Howard and Leslie at Muizenberg


We met David and Jeffrey (2 local fishermen ) in the hills above Fish Hoek.


Howard posing with a "city slicker". (Penguin who escaped from the colony)



At the penguin colony


We had lunch at the TDC company in Simonstown where the above photo was taken


Howard and Leslie admiring Cape Point and Buffalo Bay
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The Needlemans at Cape Point


We stopped in at "The Statues" where Howard and Leslie had fun looking at all the statues


After returning to Cape Town we had a fun evening at the Africa Cafe.


Day 3
14 October 2003

Cape Winelands Tour


We started our tour with a light brunch at Cotage Fromage where I took this picture of Howard and Leslie


We moved on to Kayamandi where the following pictures were taken.


Howard and Mzwake talking about a soup kitchen run by a local church in Kayamandi.


When we arrived at the Isebenze Simpulelo creche "Howard the dentist" jumped into action as these next pictures show.


A fun pic with the kids in Kayamandi


Handing out apples in Kayamandi


Leslie with a young girl by name of Atlehang in Kayamandi


At the Ikamva Letho center Howard decided to show his table tennis skills against the local kids. JJ


We travelled on to Rust en Vrede winefarm where we had a great winetasting and enjoyed the wonderful scenery as well a Cape Dutch Houses on the farm


On arrival back in Cape Town we attempted to ascend Table Mountain but strong winds prevented us from doing so. We did however take this picture with Cape Town in the background from the foot of the mountain


We moved on to Signal Hill where we enjoyed some sandwiches and champagne while experiencing a Cape sunset.


The Needlemans enjoying one of Cape Town 's wonderful sunsets


Day 4
15 October 2003

Hermanus and the whales

The Needlemans with False Bay in the background on our way to Hermanus


Leslie with Engela Mouton in her garden enjoying a wonderful King protea.


Howard chasing a tortoise in the Mouton Garden JJ



Jaap, a friend of the Moutons, explaining fynbos to Leslie and Howard.



In amongst the wonderful flowers in the Mouton garden


We stopped for pancakes outside Kleinmond


Howard and Leslie with Hermanus in the background


We saw many whales in Hermanus and quite a few of them were breaching out of the water.


The Neeldemans witness a breaching whale


On our way back we stopped in at Stellenbosch and walked the university campus where I took the above photo of Leslie and Howard.

We had a light dinner at Traumerai restaurant and then made our way back to Cape Town.


The next morning we met at 05h00 and I took Howard and Leslie to the airport to continue their African adventure.


Howard and Leslie were amazing people to travel with. There was not a minute of silence in the vehicle while we travelled for 3 days and they both had so much to add to our wonderful tour. We experienced some wonderful events with our journey in Kayamandi being a highlight for me and I suspect Howard and Leslie too. This whole tour was really a great one for me and I enjoyed myself fully with this wonderful couple. Here's hoping we meet up again at some stage in our lives.



Received 26 October 2003


A huge thank you to you also!!!! Just back today and soon to bed. Before going to bed I had to look at the website. Such beautiful photos!

You're an amazing person... whom we'll never forget. You take such pride in
who you are, what you do, what you believe in and the warmth you exude.

We truly love you and miss you already.

More to come in the next few days when I'm not comatose....


Howard and Leslie

Received 27 October 2003


Just up early this morning and am acclimating to the time zone change and
lack of sleep. I was amazed to find the wonderful greeting card photo and
the prints of our trip awaiting for me at home. You are an amazing person!

Today will be settling down and catching up on emails, mail, food shopping
etc. Over the next weeks we will start putting together an album of our
trip, both online and in an album. Leslie and I am looking forward to
reliving the trip in doing so. I will certainly share it with you.

Also, I will begin to put together a large number of toothbrushes and
educational posters to send to you for the township. Be patient, but also
be sure that it will happen. What is the precise address that you would
like for me to use when sending the materials?

The Wilderness safari experience at Duba Plains, Vemburra, King's Pool and
the River Club was unbelievable! This is quite a company who knows how to
take care of their customers. I would strongly recommend them to anyone!!!
We did get to see a live kill of a buffalo and watch the entire event.

Be well and many thanks for EVERYTHING!



Received 15 November 2003

Dear Selwyn,

Well, I am finally sort of back to normal in my life in the two weeks since we've come home. I am enjoying a cup of my newly introduced "Rooibos" tea and remembering what a wonderful time we had and how great it was to meet you and share in your knowledge and memories. Maybe someday you will come visit the states, and all you've left behind, but until then I just wanted to say hi and thank you for a grand tour. I know Howard has corresponded with you, but I wanted to thank you myself.
Say hi to Betty for me. Be well and take care of one another.