Robert & Nancy Flatt

      Diane Chesley    Janet Rose

          Laurie Lee 

       Karen Hinson
    Brenda Collier    Robin Ross

         
      Houston - Texas - USA

14 August 2005

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I met Diane, Laurie and Karen at Craigrownie guesthouse and together we travelled to Cape Town international airport to fetch Janet, Brenda and Robin who due to their cases not being found on an air Botswana flight the day before only arrived in Cape Town on the morning of the 14th. After becoming acquainted with all in the group we set off on a trip to Hermanus.

 

Laurie, Robin, Brenda. Karen, Diane and Janet enjoying the fabulous False Bay view en-route to Hermanus

 

We stopped in at the Bay Beach Hotel in Kleinmond for coffee where to the delight of the group they did some shopping in the curios store in the hotel.

 

Diane sampling cat sculptures in the curio store

 

The group leaving the Bay Beach Hotel as happy shoppers. JJ

 

Robin, Janet and Brenda enjoying some King Proteas just outside Kleinmond

 

We arrived in Hermanus and started whale watching as the above picture shows. We saw some whales frolicking in Walker Bay however they all were reasonably far from the shoreline and for some or other reason there unfortunately were not to many whales showing their faces on the day.

 

I simply had to take this group photo at this sign in Hermanus which translated from Afrikaans means young ladies corner

 

We met Wilson the whale crier of Hermanus

 

Robin, Laurie and Brenda on the rocks at Severs Point

 

We certainly enjoyed watching the big waves at Severs Point

We travelled to Voelkip (Bird rock) beach where we unfortunately could not find any whales. We moved on to the local Pick and Pay where the group bought some provisions to have with them in the guesthouse. Thereafter we left Hermanus and travelled straight on to Craigrownie where the group decided to have a cheese style dinner at the guesthouse.


Day 2

15 August 2005

Cape Peninsula

 

We started our day with an ascent up Table Mountain where I took the above photo.

We travelled on to Kirstenbosch where the group went on  short shopping spree in the Kirstenbosch shop

 

We travelled on to Simonstown and visited Just Nuisance

 

 

Shopping in Simonstown

 

Diane and Karen at the penguin colony at Boulders Beach

 

Brenda at the penguin colony at Boulders Beach

 

Karen and Laurie enjoying the penguins

 

The group at Cape Point with the Cape of Good Hope in the background

Having fun at Cape Point

 

Janet and Brenda engulfed by giraffes at The Statues. JJ

 

Shopping at The Statues

 

Sunset at Kommetjie

 

Laurie enjoying a Cape Sunset

 

Enjoying some sparkling wine at Chapmans Peak

 

We arrived back at Craigrownie and after an hours rest we were joined by Robert and Nancy who had arrived in Cape Town at noon, for dinner at the Africa Cafe.

Enjoying the entertainment at the Africa Cafe

 

To the delight of all Robert joins the staff at the Africa Cafe.


Day 3

16 August 2005

 

This day proved to be one with rather poor weather as it was storming and windy throughout the Cape Town region. After much debate I dropped the group of 6 ladies off at the Waterfront to do some shopping while I travelled with Robert and Nancy to the Mount Nelson Hotel as well as on a short tour of the city centre.

At lunchtime we met the "Group of 6" at the Waterfront and whereafter we all went for lunch to Cafe Paradiso in the Higgovale area.

After a great lunch we went to District 6 where we discussed the relevance of the area to the history of Cape Town and South Africa. After our visit to District 6 we returned to Craigrownie. 


 

Day 4

17 August 2005

 

On this day we all set out on a Cape Winelands tour

 

In the cellars of Middelvlei farm

 

Meeting Delilah on Middelvlei

 

 

Nancy and Robert bought this wonderful handpainted cloth from the staff at Middelvlei

 

Meeting up with two wonderful ladies at the Spier craft mart who sold Nancy some wonderful beaded baskets

Nomitem selliing her baskets to Nancy and Robert while Janet looks on

 

We visited the Cheetah Outreach project where the next pictures were taken.

 

 

 

 

 

 

After a light lunch at the Spier deli and our visit to Cheetah Outreach we moved on to Kayamandi

Enjoying the dancers from the Masakane group  at the Ikamva Lethu Centre

 

Brenda having fun with the kids in the township

 

Listening attentively to Lily's story at her home

 

With Lily and her magnificent view outside of her home

 

A dramatic picture of the township and its great view taken by Robert

 

Janet and Laurie having fun with some of the kids in the township

 

With Nosandile outside her shack home


Day 5

18 August 2005

 

On this day I set out with Nancy and Robert on a Cape Peninsula tour

With Just Nuisance in Simonstown

 

Enjoying lunch at Seaforth restaurant before visiting the penguin colony at Boulders Beach

 

In the funicular while ascending Cape Point.

 

The Flatt's at Cape Point

 

"Robert at Cape Point

 

Photographing a lone Arum (Callow) Lily.

 

 

Cracking champagne on Chapmans Peak

 

A great picture taken on Chapmans Peak to end a wonderful day


This group of 8 Texans was an interesting and wonderful group to tour with. There were times when we had our differences as to what to do on each day but overall everything worked out for the best in the end. We experienced much of Cape Town and its surrounds and if one considers the weather at the time we achieved quite a lot. Much discussion took place about South Africa in the tour bus which all led to an interesting tour. I also have to thank Robert for "coercing" me to go out touring on the Wednesday as it led to me enjoying my first ever view of 4 waterfalls coming off on Table Mountain. JJ

THANKS TO ALL