Gary and Jane Plisga

Matt, Jennifer, Paige and Sophia Hill

Houston, Texas - USA

6 May 2008

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The Plisga/Hill family flew into Port Elizabeth while I was still travelling down to city and on their first day went on a safari at the Addo elephant  and Schotia  game park


Sophia meets an elephant in the Addo park 


The Hill family with their ranger at Addo



Paige with many elephant in the background



Matt enjoying the view being blocked off by a giraffe. JJ



Sophia with a giraffe in the background



Jane enjoying some coffee at the lapa (meeting place) on Schotia saying - "Look kids I have grown horns!" JJ


Paige emulates her gran and grows horns too.  JJ


Sophia, Jennifer and Paige in the Lapa at Schotia


Yikes look what the Plisgas and Hill walked into!


When the family returned back to Lemon Tree Lane I was there to meet them It was great to see Gary and Jane once again and after meeting the Hills I k\just knew this was going to be a great tour.


Day 2

Drive to Knysna via Treetop Canopy tour and Bramon Wines



On the way to Knysna - Yup the plane ride to South Africa was a long one. JJ


Sophia  get suited up for the treetop safari


Matt ready to do the canopy tour


Sophia, Pinky, Paige and Sir Gooseberry - Ready to fly through the trees


Gary helps Paige with her harness


Yup my head is bigger than yours. JJ JJ


Everyone is ready to fly


In the truck taking all to the first take-off spot
















At the Bloukrans Bridge watching bungy jumpers doing the highest jump in the world





Having a tapas lunch in the vineyards at Bramon Wines



The girls eyeing the great chocolates at Bramon Wines



Sophia giving Selwyn some advice on winemaking.  JJ


At the lookout point in Plettenberg Bay



Getting ready to travel on to Knysna



Dinner at Zest restaurant in Knysna




Sophia starts off her "enjoy ice cream" holiday.  JJ



Day 3

Brenton on Sea; Wild Oats Market; 
Belvedere; Yacht cruise; The Heads


The whole family starts out on the 7 km walk on the Brenton on Sea beach


Sophia, Jane and Jennifer on the beach


Gary and Jane finishing their walk on the beach


Paige comes striding home with Sir Gooseberry at her side


Cleaning up after the walk


Having breakfast at the Wild Oats farmers market


Paige says "what a hot dog!" JJ


Now listen to me young Sophia.....JJ


Mom and daughter looking at crafts at the market


A fun picture of Sophia at the craft market


Watching how paper is made from elephant dung at the Scarab paper factory


Paige and Sophia showing that elephant dung is harmless.


With Josia who sold the Hill family the warthog in the picture.


At the Little Round Church on the Belvedere Estate


We returned to Knysna and went on a yacht cruise on the Knysna lagoon. 
The pictures below were all taken on the cruise










Enjoying oysters and fish at the Oyster factory on the Knysna Lagoon


Walking at The Heads



Paige and her dad at the Knysna heads


Sophia and Matt at the Knysna Heads lookout point


In the evening we had a wonderful curry dinner with Dell at Firefly Restaurant

Day 4


Knysna to Mossel Bay and on to CV



Saying goodbye to Nemo and Mowgli at Overmeer Guesthouse


Posting letters at the Old Postbox in Mossel Bay


We visited the Caravel in Mossel Bay which was a replica of the boat that Bartholomew Diaz sailed in when he rounded the Cape in 1488






Jennifer emulates the lady who won the 1st prize for the best garden in Mossel Bay


Back to the "enjoy ice cream" holiday while at the Ocean Basket in Mossel Bay.  JJ


Sir Gooseberry joins the ice cream splurge.   JJ


We travelled on to Cape Vaccas and in the evening had a great fish dinner at the Cape Vaccas cottage that was prepared for us by Katrina

Day 5 and 6



Building volcanoes on the beach



Matt and Jennifer enjoying the great weather at Cape Vaccas


Sorting all the shells collected at Cape Vaccas


Paige drying her hair in front of the fire in the Cape Vaccas cottage


Gary making barbecue rolls for all

in the evening Katrina prepared a chicken dinner for all


Day 7

On to Oudtshoorn



With Katrina, Pieter and their grandson before leaving Cape Vaccas


The "enjoy ice cream" holiday continues at Avocado Pierre in Oudtshoorn


Jane eyes her lemon meringue cake with glee.


We stopped in at Buffelsdrif gamefarm where the family went on a game drive with the specific reason of trying to see rhino.
As the picture shows success was attained.. JJ

Pictures taken on Buffelsdrif




Relaxing at Mooiplaas Ostrich farm where we overnighted for 2 nights




Day 8

Over the Swartberge


All aboard for an ostrich tour with Koos from Mooiplaas farm


At the Oudtshoorn cooperative where we bought some ostrich products


We travelled over the Swartberge where the following pictures were taken.









After our drive over the Swartberge we traveled through the town of Prince Albert where we had lunch before returning to Oudtshoorn via Meiringspoort.


Please click here to watch a very funny video of Matt swimming in a waterfall pool at Meiringspoort.
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The Hill family under the waterfall at Meiringspoort


Meiringspoort and the Hills from Houston Texas  JJ


We had a wonderful; dinner at Jemimas on our last night in Oudtshoorn.

Day 9

Travel to Cathbert


At the Gouritz Bridge looking at what it takes to do a bungy jump.




Swing away at the Gouritz Bridge


Matt enjoying dessert at the Bourbon Street restaurant in Robertson


The "enjoy ice cream" holiday continues  JJ


Everybody looking very content after a wonderful dinner at Cathbert Country House


Please click here to see the what the Plisga's and Hill's did after day 9 of their vacation