Charlotte and Eric Sword

London - UK

16 March 2003

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I met Charlotte and Eric at the George airport and we immediately made our way to Overmeer Guesthouse in Knysna where we would be staying for 3 nights. On arrival at Overmeer I went into Knysna to buy some Oysters and Champagne. Thereafter we spent some time on the Overmeer balcony enjoying the oysters and just sitting around getting to know one another.

In the evening we went for an excellent meal to the Lake Pleasant Hotel.

Day 2

We started off our day with a great breakfast at Overmeer. We then travelled in an easterly direction towards the Stormsriver Bridge.


We stopped in to do the Treetop adventure at the Tsitsikamma Village.
Here we see Eric sliding between trees

Eric and Charlotte on the Treetop Safari

After having lunch at the Treetop Safari clubhouse we travelled on to the Bloukrans Bridge where after much deliberation Eric decided to do the bungy jump off the bridge. The following pictures tell the whole story. 

Gary helping Eric to kit up


Eric displays his weight markings on his hand. JJ

A final hug! J

The long trail to the bridge starts....


The bridge from afar

Eric dangling from a rope

Eric turning upwards to return to the bridge with the help of the bungy crew member


Eric is certificated while Charlotte prepares to hand him his qualification t-shirt


Just to prove that the above is all real. JJJ


On our return journey we travelled via Natures Valley and took this view from atop of the valley


We took this picture at Natures Valley beach

We stopped at Plettenberg Bay and took the below pictures with the moon rising in the background



That night we were supposed to go to La Loerie restaurant but Charlotte felt ill and we decided to have an early night with Eric and me settling on Nandos Chicken for dinner. JJ

Day 3


We started our day by going to Brenton on Sea


We took this picture with Knysna in the background
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When we arrived at Brenton on sea the weather was fine so Charlotte and Eric decided to do the walk from Brenton to Buffalo bay. While in the middle of the 6 KM walk it started to rain very hard and when they arrived at Buffalo Beach they were drenched. We returned to Overmeer and they changed hastily were after we continued our tour. The below photos were taken on Brenton and at Buffalo Beach



We travelled up to the Belvedere Estate where we took this photo at The Bell Pub 


Charlotte and Eric at the Stone Church


On returning to Knysna we went to Noetzie Beach where amid a storm we descended down to the beach so as to se the wonderful scenery as well as castles on the beach.
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That evening we had a wonderful meal at La Loerie restaurant

Day 4


We had breakfast at Overmeer and packed up to leave for CV (secret venue) JJ


We took this picture from the Overmeer balcony just before we left the guesthouse
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We stopped in at a art shop in Knysna where Charlotte and Eric bought a sculpture named  "horned man"

We went up to the Knysna Heads where we took this picture


We stopped in at Scarab where Charlotte and Eric left the handprints behind in elephant dung paper. 


We stopped in at Both and Barnard where we saw local Knysna furniture. Thereafter we visited " The Map of Africa" and had lunch at "The Rod and Reel" in the Wilderness.


At the Wilderness we stopped in at "Marys Place" (Named after a Mary French, a previous visitor who helped me find this magnificent venue)


We arrive at CV. If you want to see more of this secretive venue then please click here


Eric and Charloyy=tte enjoy the sea view from their isolated beach cottage


In the evening Katrina and Pieter cooked us a traditional Cape meal which we had around the fireplace while it stormed and the wind howled outside 


Day 5


We started our journey back to Stellenbosch and stopped at the Gouritz Bridge to watch the bungy jumpers.


We had lunch at the Aloe factory in Albertinia


Charlotte and Eric enjoying Swellendam.

We arrived at Cathbert Country House at 19h30 and joined Rob and Ann for a wonderful dinner meal in the guesthouse dining room

Day 6


We started the day with a superb Cathbert breakfast


We travelled to Franschhoek and visited the Belgian chocolate factory


We vsisted the Old Corkscrew where Charlotte and Eric bought a wonderful barometer and as I found out later a magnificent antique champagne corkscrew, that I have been eyeing for a long time, for me as a gift.


We stopped at the Kei Carpet factory


Winetasting at Rust en Vrede


A great photo taken in the Rust en Vrede wood maturation cellar.

We travelled on to Kayamandi where we had an amazing township experience and took the following photos



We returned back t Cathbert after Kayamandi and left a little bit later to go to Klein Olifantshoek where we had an amazing dinner with Ingrid and Camil

Day 7


We left Cathbert and stopped in at the Stellenbosch  Pick and Pay to do some breakfast shopping


We stopped in at the cheetah foundation on our way to Cape Town

We took this fun photo after having  light lunch at Spier wine farm

We arrived in Cape Town and booked into 401 Altmore where I left Eric and Charlotte to "chill out" and enjoy their place of stay.

Day 8

This was free day for Charlotte and Eric

Day 9

I fetched Charlotte and Eric and we went on a Cape Peninsula tour


Pondering over the 1,3,4,6 puzzle at the Kalk Bay tea room


Having fun with Russel the fisherman in Kalk Bay harbour


Enjoying the penguins at Boulders Beach

Having a picnic at the best restaurant in the world viz Bordjiesrif on the Cape of Good Hope Reserve
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Charlotte and Eric at Cape Point


Charlotte having fun at "The Statues"


The Swords posing with Pielo from whom they bought a Verdite statue


Charlotte and Eric in front of the most incredible Hout Bay view at Kommetjie 


We stopped outside my apartment where we watched a sunset and Eric practiced sabriage JJ

The next two picture were taken while watching sunset on the Sea Point beachfront where Bette joined us too

We had dinner at the Africa cafe in the evening - Fabulous meal.



Day 10


This was a free day for Charlotte and Eric however because it was not favourable to ascend Table Mountain the previous evening we decided to spend the evening together by going up Table Mountain and then ending off the evening at Washaw restaurant


Charlotte, Mario from the Cableway company and Eric in the cable car going up Table Mountain


Sunset on Table Mountain after a shot of XXX mampoer JJ


We joined Brian Aldridge, George, Cathy, Nick, Cheryl and Bette at the Washaw restaurant where we had a fantastic Ethiopian meal. Here we see Bette, Solomon (owner) Cathy, Eric and Charlotte admiring the bread that Solomon makes in his restaurant

Even though this picture is out of day sequence in that it was taken at the Africa Cafe I felt that I wanted to place it last in this pictorial travelogue as it was so representative of this whole wonderful journey.

This tour simply was 


Charlotte and Eric were wonderful to travel with and all in all we had a time together that will be very hard to forget. We experienced and enjoyed so much of the Western Cape area that looking back via the pictures it is hard to believe that we did so much qualitatively and with so much enthusiasm. This truly was a journey to remember and I cannot thank Charlotte and Eric enough for sharing the whole experience with me. We also have to thank our mutual friend Ian Mullane for putting us together because without his input we would never have had this tour.

I also want to thank Charlotte and Eric for their wonderful gift that the gave to me as well as their very generous aid that they gave and are going to continue giving to the wonderful children of Kayamandi. HUGE thanks.

If there ever was a dream holiday then Charlotte and Eric you can look back at your Western Cape stay and recognise that you certainly experienced it.


Charlotte & Eric thank you so much


Received 30 March 2003

Hi Selwyn

Well we got back safely and the sun is shinning in London!! (I know
miracles will never cease :-) ).

We can't stop talking about South Africa and especially Cape Town and our
fabulous guide who so generously showed us his country. We were so sad to
leave on Friday and it was our pleasure in surprising you with the corkscrew
so no thanks is necessary. We had such a great time and have so many
special memories that words are just not enough.. 

Again, it is our pleasure to do something for Kayamandi. Please send me the
details of the bank account to deposit the funds.

Selwyn, we cannot thank you enough - you made our time in South Africa so
special. We are trying to think how quickly we can come back!!

Once again thank you and hope to see you again soon.

Take care & lots of love
Charlotte & Eric xx