Linda and David Gotfried

Toronto -  Canada

24 October 2010

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I met Linda and David at the George airport. The Gotfrieds had flown into George after safari into what turned out to be torrential rain. We travelled onto Overmeer guesthouse where after checking in we then went to Leisure Isle Lodge for a great dinner meal at Danielas restaurant.


Day 2

Treetop Canopy Tour
Bloukrans Bridge
Pletenberg Bay
Simola restaurant


We started our day by travelling down to the Tsitsikamma Forest where Linda and David went on the treetop canopy tour.


Doing the briefing at the Canopy Tour offices before going on the fly


And off they go.....












After the treetop Canopy tour we visited Alje van Demeent in his forest home where we enjoyed a wonderful cheese lunch.



With Boela - Alje's Rhodesian ridgeback


Signing Alje's guestbook



We stopped i at the Bloukrans Bridge where we watched the bungi jumpers doing the highest bungi jump in the world.



At Plettenberg Bay
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After returning to Knysna we visited Simola for a wonderful dinner




We started out day by visiting the Knysna Heads


After our visit to the heads we started the 6 hour return journey to Cathbert Country House just outside Franschhoek. Along the way we stopped in at Le belle Alliance in Swellendam for lunch. On arrival at Cathbert we settled in to our rooms whereafter we enjoyed a fantastic meal in the Cathbert lounge.







We started our day by travelling to Franschhoek. We dropped David off at L Ormarins so as to go view the wonderful vintage car collection on the farm while I took Linda into Franschhoek to do some window shopping.


We stopped in at Beyerskloof winefarm outside of Stellenbosch  to taste Pinotage as well as enjoy the wonderful; views that the farm offered.


We did a short tour of Stellenbosch which included having lunch on a piazza in the town before moving on to Kayamandi.


We joined Lily in Kayamandi where she told us her life story.


Lily showing off her "wall of fame" in her home


Joining the kids in the Ikamva Lethu Centre dance class

Please click here to watch a video of David and Loyanda doing a drumming session



With some of the many kids we met in Zone J - Kayamandi


After our journey to Kayamandi we visited "The Apprentice" restaurant in Stellenbosch  for dinner before returning to Cathbert Country House



We decided to change our tourplan and spend another day to simply chill out at Cathbert.

Linda and I went on a short tour of the winelands while David stayed at Cathbert to lap up the sun at the swimming pool.


Linda at Nelson Mandela's monument at the old Victor Verster prison where Mandela was released in 1990.



Enjoying the company of a kitten while enjoying lunch at Freedom Hills winefarm


In the evening we visited Les Bon Vivant in Franschhoek for  dinner




On this day we took a slow drive in to Cape Town where I dropped Linda and David off at Villa Zest. For the rest of the day as well as the following day Linda and David explored Cape Town on their own.





We started our day by making our way all the way down the Cape Peninsula passing Muizenberg, stopping in at the penguin colony and eventually arriving on the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve.


David on the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve


At the most south western point of Africa


At Cape Point


We spotted this baboon at the very appropriate sign. JJ


At the sculpture garden near to Scarborough



Linda and David purchased this sculpture at the sculpture garden.


After our visit to the sculpture garden we travelled back to Camps Bay via Scarborough, Slangkop Lighthouse, Noordhoek Beach, Chapmans Peak, Hout Bay and Llandudno.

Please click on the above picture to watch David doing sabrage while visiting Maidens Cove


Linda and David admiring Camps Bay and the 12 Apostles from Maidens Cove
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Travelling with Linda and David was great fun. They were quite easy to guide because they both knew what they wanted to attain from a tour in that they have had much experience travelling in the past. This made my situation as their tourguide so much easier and pleasurable. Much information was shared by us all while on tour which made the journey a very interesting one for me. There were times when David with his off the cuff, whacky humour had me in total stitches. Furthermore the Gotfried's honest and total commitment to their family and friends back home was very evident while we were doing the long miles on the Garden Route and in the Cape Town region. In the process the three of us had many wonderful experiences together so much so that this tour will be quite difficult to duplicate in the future.


Received 7 November 2010

Dear Selwyn,

Wow, we were so taken by your thank you note. 

David and I felt exactly the same. With our many tour guides that we have had over the years of traveling we never thought of you as a guide, we were a happy family together .

Our journey home was very long. We were grounded in Johannesburg for over 2 hours with an electrical storm sitting on the plane, then we missed our connection in Washington and had to wait 5 hours for the next flight so it took us 35 hours to get home, but we arrived safely.

We enjoyed our trip so much and now busy sharing our pictures with all.

We are waiting for our shipment to come, hopefully in one piece (LOL).

Anyways please keep in touch with us and say hi to Lily for me, she is a remarkable lady.

We will talk soon and thanks for a great 5 days, we could not of done it without you.

Linda and David