Jack and Dede Doherty
Joyce Ames and Jonathan Waage
Massachusetts - USA
6 October 2010
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I met everybody at the Cape Cadogan guesthouse and as pre-planned we left for Paarl on a cultural tour.
Dede and Joyce at the Afrikaans language monument
The foursome in front of the Afrikaans language monument
Having lunch with Lily in her Kayamandi home
Lily showing everyone her wall of honour
Joyce does the work while Lily does the supervision JJ
With the dancers at the Ikamva Lethu Centre
Please click here or on the above picture to see Akona and Joyce dancing
Please click here to see Loyanda and Joyce dancing
Please click here or on the above picture to see Loyanda and Jack dancing
Having fun with the "fruit for trash" kids
Jonathan and Joyce mingling with the kids in Zone J
Walking around in the Zone J sector of Kayamandi
Franschhoek and the Winelands
We started our day by transferring luggage from the Cape Cadogan to the Mount Nelson Hotel where all were staying for the rest of their Cape Town stay.
We drove though Somerset West and Sir Lowry's pass before stopping in at Peregrine farm stall.
We crossed through the fabulous Franschhoek Mountain range and stopped at to do a winetasting at Haute Chabriere in Franschhoek
Sister at Haute Chabriere
We found a "Dede look-alike" and managed to find an extra leg for Jonathan before taking this photo at Haute Chabriere. JJ
At the Old Corkscrew antique shop in Franschhoek
We stopped in for a bacon sandwich lunch at Bread and Wine on Moreson winefarm
On our way back to Cape Town we saw a batch of wonderful king
Proteas and spent a while enjoying them as well as taking many photos.
This definitely was one of the highlights of our tour
We stopped in at Solms-Astor Delta winefarm for a winetasting conducted by Marchia
We arrived back in Cape Town in time for the group to participate in a meeting of their main tourgroup at the Mount Nelson Hotel.
In the evening Bette joined us for dinner at the Savoy Cabbage restaurant
Red Hot Glass
We started our day by travelling to Paarl so as to se the Red Hot Glass factory on Seidelberg winefarm
Joyce as seen through the bowl. JJ
Brian is dwarfed by the wonderful Cape winelands scenery as seen from Seidelberg
We stopped in at Beyerskloof winefarm with the specific aim of tasting Pinotage wine
After our visit to Beyerskloof we travelled to Stellenbosch where we did a short driving tour of the quaint capital of the winelands and student town.
We moved onto Hermanus where the above panoramic shot was taken. We were very lucky to see many whales as well as a couple of breaching whales in the short period that we were in the wonderful coastal village.
We returned to Cape Town at 17h30 which was in time for Jonathan to deliver a lecture he was a scheduled to give. In the evening Bette joined Jack, Dede and myself for dinner at the 1800 restaurant while Jonathan and Joyce rested in preparation for the next part of their journey.
This was an absolutely
fantastic tour and this foursome were an absolute delight to travel with. We had
lots of fun together and our tour was a non stop happy and enjoyable event. We
experienced much together and we continuously spoke about what South Africa was
about today and where we thought the world was going tomorrow. Our debates were
contagious to say the very least. This was truly a fun a minute tour that definitely
goes down as one of best tours this year.
THANKS FOR ALL
JACK and DEDE
JONATHAN and JOYCE
Big thanks have to go to Debbie and Jack
Moses for referring you all to travel with me as your tourguide.
Another HUGE THANKS goes to Jack for offering to sponsor the education of 2 children in Kayamandi.
Received on 18 October 2010
We are still here!! If only for a few more hours. We are at the
airport in Joburg waiting for the flight to Atlanta.
Undoubtedly the highlight of our visit was you! We saw and heard
wonderful things with you and although the big tour was great it never
scratched the surface of what we did together. I'll send more thoughts later this week after we get home!
All the best to Bette and yourself. If I haven't yet mentioned it -- she's
a first class lady!
Jack and Dede
Received on 18 October 2010
I think Jack already replied, but I will also on behalf of Joyce and
I. Let me say again that I came to SA as one who had lectured on
African animal behavior for 30+ years and my focus wad on the biology. However, even now as my mind is full of all the great beasts we saw at Thornybush, I still see the smiles on the faces of the Kayamandi kids and Lilly. Your introduction to the culture and history and the history and the people was tremendous and was not equaled by anyone else who talked go us. We had a number of other perspectives which were great to add to the solid core we got from you. On the last day at Thornybush, we asked our ranger, a wonderful, bright and highly motivated man who had spent his youth in the bush tending his family's cattle, for his view of the past 17 years and his view of the future. He was fairly optimistic and felt that the discussion of all the corruption and incompetence would eventually lead to more progress through the ANC. It was so refreshing to see a young male, set on building his own guide business and with goals very bold but a mature sense of reality. Perhaps there is some hope. We leave feeling that with wonderful people like you and Bette so determined to make a difference, perhaps there is some hope of avoiding the crisis you felt might come before long.
Please also send my warm regards to Bette. Our brief conversation
about teaching and the work she is doing was inspiring. Is there a
website that describes in more detail the program she has developed?
You were a treat to travel with - I am a biltong convert, by the way -
and I only wish we had more days to explore with you. Perhaps in the
future. I have an invitation from out ranger to come back and help
with his education program in his local village - he wants to
encourage more kids to get into Eco-tourism as rangers and guides and not just and trackers for white guides.
Thanks again for your company and I agree it was a fun time for all
and very hard to part. I will do a lot of reflecting on what I have
learned and how I might be involved in the future. Meanwhile, know
that I leave this wonderful country far more enlightened and engaged
than I ever thought I would. I can't thank you and Bette enough for
Jonathan and Joyce