Hosmer family

Newcastle - UK

30 December 2002

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I collected the Hosmer family from the airport and we made our way to 8 Beta Close which would be their place of stay for the next 12 days. Once they were settled in I bade them goodbye until 3 January when we would start our tour of Cape Town.


Day 1
3 January 2003

Cape Winelands tour



We started by popping in to Maidens Cove where we took this picture of everyone in front of Camps Bay.


We travelled on to the Butterfly Farm near Franschhoek.

Lucy has fun with an iguana while Alice, Clementine and Sally look on.


Sally grinning and bearing a stick spider. JJ

Clementine shows us all how it is done.


ButterAlice JJ


We stopped in at Gideons Pancake House in Franschhoek for lunch.
After Gideons we walked over the road and bought chocolates from the chocolate factory



Lucy, Sally, Clemmie and Alice admiring the corkscrew collection at the Corkscrew Antique Shop.


Mirror mirror on the Kei Carpets wall....  J

The whole family plus one at the Kei Carper factory  aka  Lucy does the does the double take! JJ


We travelled on to the cheetah foundation where the following pictures were taken with Savannah



At Spier we stopped in at the craft market where Lucy learnt how to make paper.


Alice having a go at the marimba in the Spier craft market.

Lucy doing some hammock relaxation.


Guess what the name is of this cool chick?? JJ


The Hosmers go to pot!   JJ


A family portrait!


We stopped in at the Jewel Tavern for a wonderful Chinese meal before ending our tour day.


Day 2
5 January 2003

Cape Peninsula tour

We started our day by visiting the Mount nelson Hotel as this picture shows.


We travelled on to Kirstenbosch where I took this picture of Clementine and Alice


A family picture at Kirstenbosch


Lets go shopping! J


We topped in at Kalk Bay harbour and had lunch at Kalkies. Great meal. JJ


We travelled to the penguin colony at Boulders Beach where the following pictures were taken.

The girls take a serious look at the penguins! J


The Hosmers at the Boulders Beach penguin colony


The Hosmer girls with an inquisitive penguin friend.


The whole family enjoyed Cape Point as can be seen


A fun picture at Cape Point

After visiting Cape Point we went down to Buffalo Beach to do some swimming as can be seen from the following 2 pictures were taken


We travelled on the The Statues (near Scarborough) and had some great fun amongst all the huge carvings.


After our visit to the Statues we travelled past Scarborough, Slangkop Lighthouse, Kommetjie, Constantia, Hout Bay, Llandudno and eventually Camps Bay where we finished our day at about 21h00.



Day 3
8 January 2003

Kayamandi and Clara Anna Fontein


To start with the Hosmer family seemed to change their name to the "Braidey bunch" on this day.  Dont the girls look fantastic in their braids? J

We stopped in at Kayamandi and I took this picture with the girls and a young friend we met by name of Annelies



Lucy enjoying a game of kerem in the Ikamva Lethu centre


The family take a cooking lesson from Shumi in how to cook chicken feet. J


Spot the girls in this pic!  J



We stopped in at Joostenbergvlakte for lunch where Alice had a plateful of pork sausage and mash.


On Clara Anna Fontein we saw eland as can be seen from this picture.



We also saw Cape Angulate tortoises


Alice on Clara Anna Fontein with some eland in the background


The braided  Hosmers with Table Mountain in the background


We ended off our wonderful tour with a fabulous meal at the Africa Cafe.


After 11 days in Cape Town even mothers start feeling the pace. J

From the minute that I met the Hosmer family I just knew this was going to be a wonderful tour. Everybody was so easy going and the whole family appreciated all that we were doing at all times. We had tons of fun together and once the girls had their hair braided the fun really began when all around us remarked about their new hairstyles. What a wonderful family the Hosmers truly were with Gary and Ayla keeping all together while the girls all had a fabulous time. What was so amazing about this family was to see how different everyone was from one another but how well they worked as a single unit.  This was an incredible experience this was for me and I had absolutely no hesitation in welcoming them into my cork club with open arms on our last day of touring.


Received 9 January 2003


We do not know where to start in thanking you. The tours were outstanding and your enthusiasm was infectious but it was the small things such as providing us with a mobile phone, internet dial up, adaptors, contact numbers, sweets for the girls,...the list goes on....that made everything so relaxed.

I doubt if many other tour guides go to such lengths to ensure that visitors have such a wonderful time. From the start you made sure we had the right accommodation and vehicle and that we were comfortable. And then we went touring.......it is hard to think of the highlights as everything was such a treat. The girls loved the cheetahs and Kayamandi whereas my favourite was the national park at Cape Point and the winelands...what memories.

Last night you left a sad Hosmer family with a few girls (Clemmy especially) very upset.  You made our holiday memorable and I thank you very much for everything and we feel honoured to be Corkies!

Cork wishes

Gary & Ayla