McClanahan family

Corsicana, Texas - USA

28 May 2005

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I met the McClanahans at the Cape Town airport at 08h30 and after our reunion from touring in 2003 we moved on the Albatross Guesthouse where they would be staying. The family took a 5 hour sleep after their 37 hour flight and at 16h00 we set out on a city tour.


Susan, Leslie, Chuck and Christopher in front of a rather cloudy Table Mountain as seen from the Bo-Kaap.


We toured he various parts of the city and after sunset we moved on to the Africa Cafe where we had a great African feast.


Christopher, Chuck, Leslie and Susan at the Africa Cafe


Photo time at the Africa Cafe. JJ


Day 2

Cape Peninsula


We started out our Cape Peninsula by driving to Muizenberg where I took the above family photo.


A couple of second after the first photo Leslie said something funny and the above picture was the result JJ



We stopped in at the Money Tree Cafe for a tea and local cake


Having fun with the fishermen in Kalk Bay harbour


The McClanahans at the penguin colony on Boulders Beach


Taken at the penguin colony with lots of cormorants in the background


Having a fish and chips lunch at the Salty Dog in Simonstown


Brother and sister in Simonstown


As can be seen it was rather cold at Cape Point. JJ


The senior McClanahans pose for a picture at Cape Point


Christopher meets a friend in the Cape Point parking area


Leslie says hi to Cristopher's new found friend


Leslie takes on the role of hippo girl at The Statues JJ


Susan deciding on a statue purchase at The Statues


The young McClanahans giraffed out. JJ


We met this young man by name of Justice at The Statues.



Elephant beware
The McClanahan clan are in town! JJ 


Mother and son at Misty Cliffs


Father and son at a rather windy Misty Cliffs. 
Chucks hair gives the windy situation away JJJJ 


We ended our day with dinner at the Bayside Grill in Camps Bay where I took this great picture of Leslie preparing to dig into a wonderful plate of ribs.


Leslie eyeing Christopher's malva pudding dessert.


Our day ended with quite a bit of rain in Camps Bay however this did not dampen the fact that we had a great day overall.

Day 3

Cape Winelands


We started our day with a visit to the Harley Davidson bike shop

We travelled on to Stellenbosch and stopped in at Nosandile's creche where the below pictures were taken.




Click here to watch a video of Christopher at the Kayamandi creche
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Click here to watch a video of Christopher at the Kayamandi creche
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We met this young lady at the creche in Kayamandi


We travelled on to Middlevlei Winefarm where Leslie and Chris met a friend. JJ

The family in the Middlevlei wood maturation cellar.

The McClanahans at Middelvlei
Great family picture in my opinion


We travelled back to Stellenbosch and did a short tour of the town whereafter we moved on to Kayamandi at 16h30


At the S.Johns Water Church





With Nosandile and her son in her shack home


Having some fun with Bana Bagotso (Children of peace)



After our Kayamandi experience we went to Moyo for a great meal and evening of entertainment.

Day 4

Depart from Cape Town


We loaded up all our baggage and left Albatross to go to the Waterfront where a little bit of shopping was done by all.


We travelled along the Atlantic Seaboard and stopped in at Llandudno



Chris nearly decided to leave the family group while on Chapmans Peak until he realised that he still had to 10 great days of travel left over. JJ


A last scenic look at Cape Town from Chapmans Peak


We travelled on to the Barnyard Restaurant where we had some light sandwiches for brunch and Chris and Leslie had fun in the children's playground of the restaurant.

After our stop at the Barnyard we moved on to the Cape Town airport where we all had to unfortunately bid each other farewell.

Having travelled with Chuck and Christopher in the past I just knew this was going to be a wonderful tour. The McClanahans were so easy going and the whole family appreciated all that we were doing at all times. We had tons of fun at all times while on tour.  What a wonderful family the McClanahans truly were with Chuck and Susan quietly keeping all together in the background while the Christopher and Leslie had a fabulous time. What was so amazing about this family was to see how different everyone was from one another but how well they worked together as a single unit.  Overall this tour was an incredible experience for me and I can but only hope that the whole McClanahan clan felt similarly.


Received 20-6-2005


Now we do have a "kindred spirit"!! We must say our time with you in Cape Town was also the most memorable event for us! We too fell in love with you and your town. Our time at the "township" still has touched our hearts. 

The rest of our trip was great, and all went well. Leslie and I had a great time with Chuck and Christopher, and really didn't want to leave them when the time came to go to Scotland however we enjoyed Scotland and the castles. London was wet and cold when Chuck and Christopher arrived so that put a damper on walking around there. Christopher was not too impressed with London, but enjoyed riding the subway. We are now back home safely and have about 400 pictures to "wade" through and decide what to print. We will send have to send you some of the pictures to remember us by. 

Leslie just left to go back to Houston, so that part of the trip ending is the worst. I always really miss her when she goes back to school. 

Again, Selwyn, thank you for all you did for us, and for your new friendship. We hope to see you again in the near future. Thank you!!!

Susan, Chuck, Leslie, and Christopher



Received 13-7-2005


I am sorry that it has taken me so long to get in touch with you. I just want to let you know that I had an amazing trip with you in Cape Town. It was so much more than I imagined and we could have never experienced the half of it without you there. The people of Kayamandi are still in my thoughts and I have informed all of my friends that I will hopefully go back there someday and help them out. I would like to know if there is anything that I could do from here (on a students budget). Please keep me informed on how things are going with them and new programs that you are helping with. You have to keep me informed so that I don't ever forget the impact that they had on me and my family. I hate that I can't truly describe that experience to anyone here. I hope that things are well there with you and your family.

Take care and keep in touch.

Leslie McClanahan