Modi and Miri Goldenfeld

Tel Aviv - Israel

Johnny and Nancy Garzozi
Haifa - Israel

 

2 April 2005

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I met the Goldenfeld's and Garzozi's, who had attended an opthamology conference in Cape Town during the past week, at the Arabella Sheraton. After making our acquaintance we set out on a Cape Winelands tour.

 

We first stopped at Plattekloof where we got a great view of the whole of Cape Town and its surrounds

 

Nancy, Johnny, Modi and Miri at the Afrikaans language monument in Paarl

 

Nancy decided to take a picture of the monument from an unusual angle JJ

 

Miri,  Nancy and myself enjoying a winetasting at Backsberg

 

 

Modi, Miri, Johnny and Nancy after our winetasting at Backsberg winefarm

 

The foursome after our winetasting and walkabout at Rust en Vrede winefarm. 
As can be seen from the leaves in the above picture Autumn was in the air.

 

We stopped at Mooiberg farmstall where we bought some wine and enjoyed various liqueur tastings. 
In the above picture we see the effect some chilli liqueur had on the  foursome JJ

 

Miri speaking to her children back home with the Mooiberg farmstall scarecrows surrounding her

 

After our stop in at Mooiberg we moved onto Stellenbosch where we did a short tour of the town. Thereafter we moved on to Kayamandi .

 

 

The foursome with the "Sarafina Girls" at Nosandile's shack home

 

Modi having fun with the kids in Kayamandi

 

Miri with some young friends

 

After our visit to Kayamandi we traveled back to Cape Town where we went for dinner to the Africa Cafe.

 

All of us at the Africa Cafe

 

Enjoying the wonderful singing and dancing by the staff at the Africa Cafe

 


Day 2

April 3

Cape Peninsula

 

On this day, because of prior commitments before I arranged this tour, I could not do the tour with the Goldenfeld's and Garzozo's so a fellow tourguide  Hermione Abel took the foursome on a Cape Peninsula tour for the day.

 

At Camps Bay with Hermione Abel and the Twelve Apostle Mountains looming in the background

 

Johnny and Nancy at Cape Point


The Goldenfeld's at Cape Point

 

Meeting up with fellow opthamologists per chance atop of Cape Point

 

Having fish platters at the Black Marlin

 

A happy looking Miri! JJ

 

A very contented Johnny after enjoying a meal at the Black Marlin

 

A great picture of Miri taken by Modi at the Black Marlin

After arriving back in Cape Town the foursome went to the Cape Colony at the Mount Nelson Hotel for dinner


Day 3

April 4

Off to the Garden Route

 

We left Cape Town at 09h30 and made our way via the N2 to the Garden Route

 

At the top of Sir Lowrys Pass on the Hottentot Holland Mountain

 

Having lunch at Belle Alliance at Swellendam

 

Johnny and Nanacy enjoying the pictures that they had taken

Outside the Ou Wapad (Old wagon road) antique shop in Swellendam

 

Everybody seemed to be very happy when reached Cape Vaccas. JJ

 

The Goldenfeld's before dinner

 

In the evening we had a wonderful fish dinner (cooked by Katrien) accompanied by some excellent wines, mampoer and port in the Cape Vaccas Cottage.


Day 4

April 5

Cape Vacca, Botlierskop and Knysna

 

Breakfast at Cape Vacca

 

After breakfast the foursome went for a walk on the Cape Vacca Beach

 

Johnny and Nancy on the Cape Vacca Beach

A full view of the beach walk.
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Nancy (above) and Johnny (below) enjoying Cape Vacca

 

Miri at Cape Vacca

 

Relaxing!

 

A last picture at Cape Vacca.

 

We left Cape Vacca and made our way to Botlierskop Game Farm

 

We started off by having lunch at Botlkierskop and then going on our quad bike game drive

 

Miri gives quad biking a try.

Modi the biker.  JJ

The Garzozi's in grand prix format.  JJ

Zebra viewing per quad bike

 

Johnny turn around, the rhinos are behind you!  JJ

Johnny say "OK I'll turn around" JJ

 

Riding over the huge expanse of the Botlierskop farm

 

Viewing Impala and Kudu

 

Modi, Miri, Johan (our ranger), Johnny, Nancy and two inquisitive giraffe.

 

Nancy admiring Ericas on Botlierskop

 

Close encounter with a zebra.  JJ

 

Last sighting of rhino on our way back to the Lapa area.

 

After our visit to Botlierskop we travelled on to Knysna where we checked into our guesthouse viz Overmeer Guesthouse

 

In the evening we had a wonderful meal at La Loerie


Day 6

April 6

Belvedere, Knysna & the Wilderness

 

We started our day by taking this picture at Overmeer Guest House

 

We went for a short tour of Brenton on Sea as well as the Belvedere Estate before returning to the Knysna Heads.

 

At the Knysna Heads

 

Shopping in Knysna at the Indawo shop

We travelled to the Knysna oyster factory where the below pictures were taken while we had a wonderful oysters and fish meal. 

 

The before and after of a crayfish by Modi Goldenfeld!  JJJJ

 

Miri phones home while Modi has fun at the Oyster Factory with the Knysna Heads in the background.

After our visit to the Oyster Factory we returned to Overmeer where we had a rest and then started making our way back to the Wilderness region

 

Enjoying the place that I named after a past visitor of mine viz. "Mary's spot" at the Wilderness.

 

Snapping away at "Mary's spot" at the Wilderness

 

Modi lines up for a great picture!

 

We arrived at the Map of Africa in close to darkness as the above picture shows however we certainly could witness the fantastic phenomenon of the natural map of the continent

 

We had a marvelous dinner at Serendipity in the Wilderness before returning home to Knysna

 


Day 7

April 7

Brenton on Sea, Plett, Natures Valley, Bloukrans Valley,
 Treetops and Port Elizabeth

 

We started our day with a an early morning walk on the Brenton on Sea beach

 

 

 

Breakfast at Overmeer

 

At Plettenberg Bay

 

 

In the Natures Valley Forrest

 

Zen in the forrest. JJ

 

 

 

At Natures Valley beach

 

Modi phoning his mother from Natures Valley

 

At the top of Natures valley

 

All togged up to go on the Tree Top Canopy Tour in the Tsitsikamma Forrest

 

The next pictures are of Nancy, Johnny and Mosi flying through the trees. Miri and I went to the Bloukrans River Bridge so as to watch the bungi jumpers doing the 216 Metre jump as well as the Stormsriver Bridge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the Treetop Canopy adventure we travelled on to Lemon Tree Lane in Port Elizabeth

We had our last dinner together at Whickerwoods restaurant


Day 8

April 8

 

On this day I bid this wonderful foursome goodbye as I had to return to Cape Town. The foursome accompanied Peter from Schotia Safaris on an Addo Elephant Park game drove as well as a game drive on Schotia Game Farm. The below picture of us all was taken by Peter at Lemon Tree Lane just before we all bid each other farewell.

 


Day 9

April 9

I spoke to Modi in the morning per phone and he told me that overall they had a great safari experience the previous day. At 11h45 the foursome were then collected at Lemon Tree Lane and started their homebound journey via a Johannesburg airport stopover. I once again spoke to Miri from the Johannesburg airport where it seemed as if after a great SA holiday reality was starting to set in and departing from SA had become a reality for the foursome.




This tour was one of the most enjoyable tours I have ever had. The foursome of Modi, Miri, Johnny and Nancy were so easy to tour with as they simply went with the flow. They all had a wonderful ability to enjoy the finer things in life and in this manner we enjoyed much wonderful scenery, meeting quite a number of interesting South Africans and also enjoying some of the best cuisine that the area had to offer. All in all the whole journey was a fantastic experience for me and I can but only hope that is was the same for the Goldenfeld's and Garzozi's.

THANK YOU FOR THE WONDERFUL COMPANIONSHIP ON OUR JOURNEY THROUGH CAPE TOWN AND THE GARDEN ROUTE
MODI, MIRI, JOHNNY & NANCY