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


Brenton on Sea
The Heads


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



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




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.