Gary and Jane Plisga

Albuquerque - New Mexico

30 March 2003

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I met Gary and Jane at the Port Elizabeth area. We immediately made our way to Elephant House in the Addo Valley. Once we had checked into our rooms we returned to the open lounge area where we had high tea as well as some sandwiches. Thereafter it was a case of Gary and Jane taking about 4 hours of rest before dinner so as to to try and be rid of some the jetlag from their long flight.

 

Gary and Jane enjoying sandwiches and high tea at Elephant House.

That evening we had a wonderful dinner under the stars in the bush at Elephant House


Day 2

 

We started out our day by having breakfast at Addo and then traveling to the Addo Elephant Park

 

 

Breakfast at Elephant House

 

Gary and Jane J looking at one of the many elephants that we saw from the safety of our combi vehicle.

 

 

We saw this Red Hartebeest and elephant simultaneously

 

We also spotted this silver backed jackal.

After our journey to Addo we had seen lots of elephant and red hartebeest. We also encountered tortoise, kudu, jackal, warthog, the small dung beetle and lots of birds. 

We traveled on to Port Elizabeth

 

Jane having fun at the Pied Piper quilting shop

 

After our stop in at the Pied Piper we travelled along the Port Elizabeth beachfront and then went to Aviemore restaurant where we too the above picture and had a fabulous meal.


Day 3

 

We packed our bags and left Elephant house so as to travel to Schotia Game farm

 

Jane and Gary in front of their rondavel at Schotia

 

Jane getting ready to go on safari

 

Jane encounters Mfazwe, the male lion on Schotia

 

Mfazwe poses for the camera

 

Mfazwe showing his biting capabilities

 

After or safari we all congregated in the lapa (communal eating place) where we had a wonderful campfire meal. We then all retired to our rondavels where we had an excellent nights sleep.

 


Day 4

We all at 05h45 and met our ranger Brendan who took us to a highpoint on Schotia and we enjoyed breakfast in the bush while watching a great African sunrise.

 

Brendan, Gary and Jane enjoying sunrise in the bush
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By the time we had left Schotia we had added lion, eland, hogdeer, impala, blesbok, duiker,  zebra to the list of animals that we had seen.

 

We travelled on to the African Treetop adventure in the Tsitsikamma forest where Gary and Jane had great fun sliding on cable in between the huge trees of the forest as the next pictures show

 

 

The intrepid treetop adventurers  J J

 

Gary sliding through the trees

 

Jane sliding through the trees - Yup thats Jane!  J J

 

 

The whole "sliding group" on the first landing with Gary and Jane arrowed for all to see.

 

After our treetop adventure we stopped in to watch the bungy jumpers at Bloukrans bride.

 

On our way to Natures Valley we met up with a troop of baboon and I took this picture with Gary and the dominant male of the baboon group.

 

Jane and Gary on Natures Valley beach

 

We travelled on to Knysna, booked into Overmeer, had a rest and went to La Loerie for a wonderful evening meal


Day 5

 

We started our day by going to look for a pair of shorts for Gary and Jane as the above picture shows

 

We visited Tsala guesthouse where the following two pictures were taken

 

 

 

We travelled to Plettenberg Bay where we took this picture in front of the Beacon Island Hotel.

 

We stopped in at the Old Nick village where the above picture was taken.

 

We returned to Knysna and had lunch at the Oyster Company restaurant. After lunch we visited the Knysna head where the above picture was taken.

We travelled to the Belvedere estate an then moved on to Brenton on Sea where Gary and Jane did the unobstructed beach walk to Buffalo Bay. In the picture we see Gary and Jane arrowed and the distance to Buffalo Bay illustrated

After their 6 km walk I met Gary and Jane at Buffalo Beach and we returned to Overmeer where we freshened up and went for a delightful dinner to Changes Restaurant.


Day 6

We started our day at 07h00 by having breakfast and then traveling to Botlierskop game farm. Due to the fact that it was raining we cancelled our safari on the game farm and postponed it to the following day. We left the farm and started a tour of Mossel Bay.

 

Gary and Jane mailing postcards under the Milkwood tree in Mossel Bay where the "Old shoe postbox" is located

The old shoebox postbox history

 

Gary and Jane at the Diaz Caravel in the Diaz museum at Mossel Bay
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Gary and Jane being shown around by Sakkie from the Model Shipyard factory in Mossel Bay

 

Jane inspects a ship at the Model Shipyard factory

 

We went to Laila's Arms in George for lunch 

 

After lunch we visited the Map of Africa in the Wilderness
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We stopped Scarab where Jane and Gary had their handprints embossed in elephant dung paper.

 

After our stop at Scarab we returned to Knysna where did some odds and ends in the Knysna village and then returned to Overmeer so as to rest before dinner.

 

We had a wonderful dinner at Tsala Treetop guest lodge in the evening as can be seen from the above picture.

THIS WAS A GREAT DAY


Day 7

 

Just before leaving Knysna I took this picture of Gary and Jane on the balcony of Overmeer with the Knysna Heads in the background
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We travelled to Botlierskop Game park near Mossel Bay

Unquestionably the star of our game drive was this 8 day old Rhino and his mom

We saw all of the below pictured animals

Waterbuck

Black and brown Impala

Zebra Nyala

Kudu male Kudu female

Wildebeest Giraffe

Bontebok The lazy lions of Botlierskop

 

Jane and Gary on Botlierskop with some eland in the background

We had a wonderful buffet lunch at Botlierskop and then travelled on to the secret venue of CV (Name withheld so as to maintain the secrecy of this wonderful part of the world) JJ

 

CV
Gary and Jane's own private seaside cottage on a private nature reserve with nobody living within 2 miles of the site.
Tranquility and serenity of the highest order with the worlds greatest scenery to compliment this all.

 

In the evening Gary and Jane had a traditional Cape meal cooked by Katrina who can be seen in the above picture with Daan the manger of the CV complex.

 


Day 8

 

On this day we started our travels back to Cape Town (400Km) by traveling to Franschhoek and our final destination viz. Cathbert Country House.

 

Jane and Gary on the balcony of the cottage at CV just before leaving the fabulous venue
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We stopped in at the Gouritz Bridge to watch the bungy jumpers

 

Jane and Gary listening to Biance' about how the Aloe Ferox plant is put to good use at the Aloe Factory in Albertinia

 

We stopped at Peregrine farm stall for late lunch and bought lots of biltong (South African jerky) as Gary so gleefully shows us in this picture.

 

After our arrival at Cathbert Country House in Franschhoek we travelled to Rozendal restaurant where we had a fabulous meal. Here we see Joseph from the restaurant with Gary and Jane as they tasted the very acidic vinegar potion that all patrons enjoy at the restaurant as a digestif. Jane seems to be stunned by the taste.  J J


Day 9

On this day we did a Cape Winelands tour

We started our day by paying Kei Carpet factory a visit.

 

After our visit to Kei Carpets we travelled on to Stellenbosch and then on to Kayamandi where Mzwake met us and we walked around the township.

Kayamandi kids admiring their soapbox skills on Gary's video

 

Viewing a local township checkers game

The kids of Kayamandi

Passing out apples to the kids after our walk in the shackland areas of Kayamandi

Our visit to Prochorus bead centre.

 

We visited Rust en Vrede winefarm and took this picture inn the cellar of the far.

Gary and Jane enjoying the roses in the Rust en Vrede gardens

We stopped in at Dombeya woolshop for a light lunch.

We paid a visit to the cheetah foundation where the following 2 photos were taken

 

On our way back to Cathbert we saw this herd of rare black springbok.

In the evening we had a wonderful dinner with 2 great bottles of Boschendal Syrah while sitting under the stars at Cathbert Country House

 


Day 10

We left Cathbert in some light rain and changed our plans from traveling on Clara Anna Fontein to going to local quilt shops in Cape Town

 

We stopped in at a butterfly farm on our way to Cape Town.

 

Jane admiring a quilt at Quilting Supplies

 

The Plisga's in a moment of intense concentration at Quilting Supplies J J

 

Jane admiring Gill from Inkwali's African quilt.

 

Jane deciding on some fabric at Mnandi cloth company

 

Jane is happy while Gary shy's away from paying the bill at Mnandi's J J

 

Gary and Jane with Mervyn who sold us some delicious boerwors (South African sausage) rolls for lunch

 

We travelled on to Les Cascades where Gary and Jane booked into their accommodation in Cape Town.

In the evening we went for a great Chinese dinner at the Jewel Tavern.


Day 11

 

On this day we did a city tour and visited ClaraAnnaFontein

We toured the city center and then stopped in at the firing of the Noon Day gun

Jane, Dudley (battery master) and Gary at the noon day gun

Jane shows the how many times the gun had fired up till today

We stopped in at Zoerinas for a Cape curry lunch

We then travelled on to ClaraAnnaFontein game farm

Jane amidst some zebra

 

Jane backed up by wildebeest

 

Jane having fun with one of the many Cape Angulate tortoises on the farm

 

That evening we had a wonderful Indian dinner at Bibis

Wonderful day


Day 12

Cape peninsula tour

 

We started our day with breakfast on Table Mountain

 

Gary being admired by a dassie (hyrax) on Table Mountain

 

Jane doing the Titanic on Table Mountain

 

Doing the Table Mountain hop skip and jump JJ

 

We visited Gina's hop in Muizenberg. Here we see Jane and Gina in front of Gina's African quilt

 

We stopped in at the Kalk Bay harbour and Kalkies for a great fish and chips lunch

 

In Simonstown we visited Musa Khaly's Art Gallery and purchased some batiks

 

Gary and Jane posing with Able Seaman Just Nuisance, Simonstown's mascot

 

We visited the penguin colony as the above picture shows

 

Jane and Gary viewing Cape Point

 

Jane and friend at Cape Point JJ

 

Jane doing a mimic act at "the Statues"

 

Sunset at Llandudno


Day 13

Dinner at the Africa Cafe.

Gary and Jane had a free day and then they joined me with my next group of visitors to the Garden Route  (Gliksten family) for dinner at the Africa Cafe where we had a fabulous African feast.

Michael, John Bucknall (Cape Town guide for Gliksens)  and Daniel seated in the front while Hannah, Cecelia and Jane make up the other side of the table at the Africa Cafe.

 

Gary and Jane having fun with the kitchen staff/choir at the Africa Cafe.

 

The last picture of this great tour is the wonderful sunset that we saw at Llandudno on our second last night ending off what was a fabulous tour for me and I can but only hope for Gary and Jane too.


 

Touring with Jane and Gary was an absolute pleasure. They were always great company and they both had a wonderful sense of positiveness about all that they did. Jane must be the most eternal optimist that I have ever met. What a wonderful person she truly was on tour as she never failed to greet all those around her and she showed friendliness extraordinaire to all in her company.  Her enthusiasm had to on many an occasion be curtailed by Gary who certainly is the rudder that steers the ship amongst these two with Jane looking for new directions to take the ship in at all times. J JWith their wonderful attitude to traveling this was a most pleasurable and enjoyable tour for me to guide..

Gary and Jane thanks for the wonderful experience of guiding you in the Western Cape. 

May you both stay as positive and wonderful as your are right now.

 

THANK YOU FOR ALL


 

Received 16 April 2003

Selwyn,

Thank you so much for the wonderful pictures on the website during Gary
and Jane's tour of beautiful South Africa! The girls looked forward
every day to checking for new photos and reading your commentary. I know
my parents had a wonderful time and thank you again for documenting it
for us to enjoy as well!  It was as if we were there also; maybe one day
we can get there in person!
 
Matt, Jennifer, Paige and Sophia Hill :)

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Received 18 April 2003

Selwyn,

We arrived back in Albuquerque about 5 this pm. We had a good, but very
short, visit with Jenny in Houston. They loved the website and all the things
we showed them. Now all I have to do is edit the movies I took, and prepare
all the photos I took and then send them to Jenny and Kim.

Jane and I would both like to thank you for all you did. This was one of the
most exciting and pleasurable vacations we have ever been on. We look
forward to our next trip and are starting to plan for it. Once again, thanks
for a very special vacation and trip of South Africa.

Gary & Jane

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