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

 


DAY 2

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

 


DAY 3

Red Hot Glass
Beyerskloof
Stellenbosch
Hermanus

 

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

Hi Selwyn,

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

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Received on 18 October 2010

Hi Selwyn,

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
that.

Warm regards,

Jonathan and Joyce

Jonathan Waage
Professor Emeritus
Brown University

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