Professor Namjae Cho
Professor. Jihwan Yum
Professor. Seung Baek

Seoul - South Korea

6 July  2002

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I met Namjae, Jihwan and Seung at the George airport and soon after we introduced ourselves to each other I just knew that this was going to be a great tour. We traveled to Knysna and booked in at the fabulous Falcon View Manor. As soon as we had unpacked we drove to the Knysna Heads where the following pictures were taken

 

Namjae, Seung and Jihwan enjoy the view of the Indian Ocean from the top of the Knysna cliffs
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The trio enjoy the view from the Knysna Heads
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Namjae and Jihwan at the Heads

After our journey to the Knysna Heads we went to the Knysna Waterfront. We explored the area and then returned to Falcon manor where we sat down and had a bottle of Thelema Chardonnay around the lounge fire.

In the evening we all went to La Loerie for a delightful dinner meal and then returned to Falcon Manor House  to have an early evening.


 

7 July 2002 - Sunday

This was the day that we traveled to the Stormsriver area passing Plettenberg Bay and traveling through the Bloukrans and Natures Valley forests.

 

Before leaving Knysna we stopped in t the Oyster Factory so as to pick up lunch for the day. 
Here we see Jihwan starting to work up an appetite for oysters.
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We stopped in Tsala so as to see the treetop houses and met up with Mikalayah who is seen in this picture with the threesome.
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The threesome enjoying the fabulous view of Plettenberg Bay
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Enjoying the fabulous sea and waves at Plettenberg Bay

 

We stopped at the bottom of the Bloukrans valley where we had an oyster and white wine lunch in the forest.

 

Seung having fun in the forest

 

Namjae thinking he is Tarzan. J

 

Jihwan, Namjae and Seung at the incredible Bloukrans Bridge

We traveled back to Knysna and took a short break at Falcons View Manor before we returned to the dining area for dinner

Namjae, Seung and Jihwan preparing themselves for a fabulous meal at Falcons.


8 July 2002 - Monday

 

On this day we travelled to Botlierskop Game farm where the following pictures were taken. Please note the lion encounter we had when a female lion was enjoying her blesbok and while doing so her male counterpart was protecting her from all including ourselves. This was an incredible adventure for us all.

 

Namjae with Roan antelope in the background.

 

 

Seung viewing the baby giraffe on the farm

We saw this baby giraffe on the farm

 

 

Rhino spotting with Hentie, our ranger,  telling us all we need to know.

 

 

 

 

 

After our safari adventure we had lunch at Boteliers 

 

 

On our way back to Knysna we stopped in and looked at "The map of Africa"
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In the evening we had a wonderful meal at the Lake Pleasant Hotel.


9 July 2002 - Tuesday

On this day we started to make our way back to the Winelands near Cape Town

 

We stopped at the SCARAB paper factory where the above picture was taken.

 

While stopping in at the Aloe factory in Albertinia, Jihwan and Namjae drank the bitter aloe juice concoction from the factory J

 

 

We took this picture of the tunnel through the mountain just outside Montagu

 

After arriving at Cathbert Country house we had dinner in the guesthouse dining room.
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10 July 2002 - Wednesday

On this day we did a tour of the Cape Winelands

The following pictures were taken at Plaisir de Merle winefarm

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After our visit to Plaisir de Merle we visited the township of Kayamandi.

 

 

 

We unanimously decided to this picture of the trio with Nozandile Bossie, who is a creche teacher, as the picture of 4 teachers. 

 

 

After our visit to Kayamandi we travelled to the Cheetah foundation where the below pictures of all with Nyana the cheetah were taken while Viv from the Cheetah foundation ensured that all went off smoothly.

 

 

 

 

We took this fun picture at the Spier Winefarm next to the Cheetah foundation

 

In the evening we had a wonderful meal at Klein Olifantshoek in Franschhoek. The following pictures were taken during the evening.

 

 


11 July 2002 - Thursday

This was the day of our Peninsula tour

Seung doing some shopping at the Kirstenbosch Gardens gift shop.

The trio pose in front of the Muizenberg vista

 

We travelled on to the Penguin colony where the below pictures were taken.

 

 

After our penguin colony visit we moved on to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve

We had lunch at Bordiesrif in rather windy conditions as the above picture shows.

We visited Cape Point as the below pictures show

 

Thanks heavens for Namjae holding up the lighthouse at cape Point before it fell over. J

 

 

After our Cape Point visit we stopped in at the statues for some fun.

 

 

Our last stop on the Cape Peninsula for a photo was at Misty Cliffs

In the evening we had a wonderful meal at the Jewel Tavern restaurant which the trio proclaimed as being a great Chinese restaurant.


Namjae, Jihwan and Seung proved to be one of the most intellectual tour groups that I have toured with. We had some very interesting discussions while traveling and shared much information as well as seeing the splendors of the Garden Route, cape Winelands and Cape Town. The trio was a delightful one and all in all we had a wonderful tour together.  I look forward to one day hopefully meeting these three gentleman again.

 

Namjae, Jihwan and Seung 
A BIG THANK YOU

 


Received 17 July 2002

 

Dear Selwyn

Thanks for the warm hearted letter, fabulous and panoramic pictures on your internet site, and CD, which is coming. Yes I already made myself busy sorting out a pile of works to be done. I can not forget every and each moments we enjoyed together from the time when we arrived at George to the heart breaking good bye moment at Cape Town Airport. From time to time I bring out the good memories in my mind -- the unforgettable dining places and dishes, guesthouses and their hospitality, gorges of South African landscape, SA biltong and wines, the talks we enjoyed and learned, and finally your thoughtful arrangements and you yourself. 

I also appreciate that you exposed us the all different aspects of the historic, economic, and social issues of SA and your love of your country and its people. I could understand South Africa well and could figure out various potentials of my relationship to SA academia in research, pedagogical, and practical terms.

From you friend looking at the other side of the sky.
Namjae Cho in Seoul, Korea.


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