Michael Mant

Loree Larratt

Edmonton - Canada

6 November 2011

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Day 1 -  7th November 2011

I met Michael and Loree at the airport hotel in Cape Town and we set off on our Garden Route journey

 

Enjoying lunch at Affie Plaas in Roberston

 

Loree walking on the Outskirts of Montagu where we saw the old English fort on the hill

 

Birdwatching in Montagu

 

Loree and Michael enjoying a Klapperbos tree 
(Clapping bush tree named after the sounds made by the flowers when they were popped)

 

We arrived in Oudtshoorn and moved straight onto Mooiplaas where we slept and ate dinner that evening


 

Day 2

Ostrich tour, Swartberge and Jemimas
 with some drama added in between Price Albert and De Rust.

 

With Koos and other participants before the ostrich tour on Mooiplaas

 

 

 

In the ostrich hatching room incubator

 

After the ostrich tour we ascended the mighty Swartberge (Black mountains) as the next pictures show

 

 

 

 

Michael and Loree would not believe me when I told them that rocks could bend.

Look at the above picture and decide for yourself! J

 

We visited Prince Alfred where we had lunch at a local eaterie.

On our way back our vehicle had a problem in that we stripped a bearing on the front left wheel. This necessitated a tow truck to take us back to Oudtshoorn where the problem was remedied over two days while we hired a car to continue touring.

 

Driving home on the tow-truck - Look at the shadows created by the two trucks. J

 

In the evening we had a wonderful dinner at Jemimas restaurant in Oudtshoorn


Day 3

Travel to Knysna 

 

We stopped in at the ostrich co-op ion Oudtshoorn where Loree did some shopping

 

 

Atop of the Outeniqua Pass near George

 

We met these very friendly children from Uniondale High atop of the Outeniqua pass.

 

We stopped in at Botha and Barnard near to Knysna to see the furniture manufactured in the area

 

At the Oyster shack in Knysna in seemed as if because of an indifference to Oysters Loree and Michael went their own ways. JJJJ 

Jokes aside Michael and I had some enjoyable oysters at the Oyster shack while Loree enjoyed some local fish

 

Enjoying the Waterfront mall in Knysna

 

In the evening we enjoyed a wonderful meal at Firefly in Knysna


DAY 4

Brenton on Sea
Tsitsikamma
Alje's
The Heads
Daniellas

 

We started our day with an early morning 6 Km walk on Brenton on Sea Beach

 

 

We travelled on to the Treetop Canopy tour site where Loree and Michael had a wonderful time flying through the trees of the forest as the next pictures all show.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had a wonderful lunch experience at Alje's which we happily shared with Alje's Rhodesian ridgebacks

 

With Alje in front of his forest home

 

At the Bloukrans Bridge (Highest bungee jump in the world)

 

Sunset at the Knysna heads.

 

We ended our wonderful day enjoying a light meal at Daniellas in the Leisure Isle Lodge

 


DAY 5

On this day we travelled the 600 Km journey between Knysna and Cape Town

 


Day 6  (Saturday 12 November)

On this day Loree and Michael spent the day doing self exploration with amongst others visiting Kirstenbosch and the World of Birds while on the Red Bus tour


Day 7

Peninsula Tour

 

Michael having enormous fun at the gemstone factory near Simonstown

 

Loree enjoyed herself too

 

At the penguin colony on Boulders Beach

 

 

At Cape Point with the Cape of Good Hope in the background

 

At the Cape of Good Hope

 

 

Sunset on Chapmans Peak

 

In the evening we enjoyed a fabulous fish dinner at the Ocean Basket


 

Day 7

Winelands tour

Kayamandi

 

 

Enjoying wines on the very rustic Muratie winefarm

 

 

At the ultra modern Graaf winefarm

 

 

 

After enjoying lunch at the Wild Peacock in Stellenbosch we moved onto Kayamandi.

 

Having fund with the children in the dancing class at the Ikamva Lethu Centre

 

 

 

 

 

Listening to Lily's story be told by Lily in her township home

 

With Lily and part of her family in Kayamandi

 

Having fun with the children and people of Zone J - Kayamandi

 

 

 

We simply had to take this picture of Michael and Bennet in his home because Loree spotted the watch in Bennet's home and immediately recognised it as a similar watch to one that Michael has in his office.

After our visit to Kayamandi we enjoyed dinner at De Volkkskombuis (the Public kitchen) in Stellenbosch.

 

Thereafter we returned to Michael and Loree's Napier Street Cottage where  we unfortunately had to bid each other farewell.


I did not want this tour to end as Michael and Loree were such great people to tour with. There were never silent moments in the car while we were on tour as there always was something to be discussed. What fabulous company these two wonderful friends were.. Overall we saw a lot, unfortunately at times ate a lot, shared a lot and had lots of fun together on what was one of the best Garden Route rides I have been.

THANKS SO SO MUCH FOR ALL
MICHAEL AND LOREE