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

 

THE PLISGA'S AND HILL'S FLYING THROUGH THE TREES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

CV

 

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