Sason and Sara Shaik

Jerusalem - Israel

25 August 2010

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I met Sason and Sara at the Victoria Junction Hotel and after becoming acquainted we set off on our Winelands / Garden Route tour


On the grounds of the Afrikaans Language Monument where we went through the history of South Africa and visited the monument.


We travelled to Cathbert country house where we were staying for the night to offload baggage and then moved onto Kayamandi where we enjoyed lunch and spent time with Lily listening to her life story




We stopped in at the Ikamva Lethu center (our future)  where we watched the children at the centre dancing and as can be seen from the pictures below Sason and Sara joined in on the activities.




Sason and Sara at a childrens "safe home" that we visited.



Walking through Zone J



Handing out apples for trash in Zone J


While in Zone J we amongst others visited a number of shack homes, met and spoke to many people as well as viewed a church service at the St. Pauls Church




Sara enjoying a Don Pedro at the Volkskombuis where we had a traditional Afrikaans dinner




Travel to Mooiplaas - Oudtshoorn


With Aubrey from Cathbert Country House before departing for Oudtshoorn


We travelled via the R62 to Barrydale where we had lunch at Clarkes of the Karoo


At the Magpie shop in Barrydale where we saw some wonderful chandeliers all made from recycled waste


Looking at Klapperbos on the way from Ladysmith to Calitzdorp


Enjoying a bottle of UCT Merlot at Mooiplaas Guesthouse in Oudtshoorn just before enjoying a wonderful barbecue Ostrich dinner


Ostrich tour

CP Nel Museum




Sara and Sason stared out their day with an ostrich tour conducted by Koos from Mooiplaas


With the ostriches


In the incubator room



In the old Oudtshoorn synagogue housed in the CP Nel Museum


Tasting liqueurs and witblits at Affie Plaas on our way to the Swartberge


Sara and Sason on the Swartberge





We travelled to Price Albert where toured the town and enjoyed delicious sausage rolls at the Lazy Lizard restaurant 


Sason looking at all the old time articles for sale in the general store at Klaarstroom



At Meiringspoort


We returned home to Mooiplaas, took an hour break and then visited Jemimas for a great dinner meal.






Travel to CV

Dinner at CV

We started our day by leaving Mooiplaas ad moving on to Botlierskop where Sason and Sara went on a private game drive of the game farm.


With Neil who was Sara and Sason's ranger on Botlierskop


Pictures taken while on safari at Botlierskop











After our gamedrive on Botlierskop we visted The Gannot Restaurant in Mossel Bay where Sara was introduced to the world of oyster eating.


We moved onto CV where Sara an Sason had a delicious fish dinner cooked by Katriena (of CV) for dinner



Morning at CV

Leave CV

Travel to Overmeer (Knysna)


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Relaxing at CV


With Katriena at CV


On our way from CV to the Wilderness we stopped in and had great fun at the George Antique Shop as can be seen from the pictures below.






At the Map of Africa in the Wilderness



Why the land mass is called the Map of Africa.


After our visit to the map of Africa we visited the Blue Olive restaurant for a great tapas lunch. Thereafter we travelled on to Knysna via other parts of the Wilderness, Sedgefield and eventually Overmeer Guesthouse.






In the evening we enjoyed a fabulous dinner at Firefly as can be seen from the above pictures.



Brenton on Sea to Buffalo Bay walk



Yacht cruise on Knysna estuary

The Heads



Sason and Sara dwarfed by the Brenton on Sea beach as they start the 6 Km walk to Buffalo Bay at 07h15



Washing down after the morning walk


At the Little Round Church on the Belvedere Estate



Having fun at Indawo Curios in Knysna



Aboard the Spring Tide - A mono-hulled yacht on the Knysna estuary


After sailing through The Heads we had a rare view of the Knysna Heads from the southern side of the ocean


Sara enjoying her sailing experience on the Spring Tide


Relaxing on the yacht while sailing quietly on the Knysna estuary


Enjoying a seafood lunch while on the Knysna estuary


Sara and Sason on board with the northern view of the Knysna Heads in the background



Enjoying the view of The Heads from atop of the eastern head


In the evening Dell, from Firefly restaurant, joined us for an excellent dinner at Daniela's


Travel to Port Elizabeth

TreeTop safari



Breakfast at Overmeer guesthouse


Sara with Overmeer's Labradors Mowgli and Nemo


At the Plettenberg Bay lookout
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Sason buying a basket plate from a local trader in Plettenberg Bay


At Thyme and Again where we picked up pies for lunch and bought some dried fruit


Sason and Sara then went on the Treetop canopy tour in the Tsitsikamma forrest. Their guides were Emo and Marius. They were joined in their group by a young Irish couple from Dublin. Look at the pictures below and make up your own mind whether the Shaiks had fun on the canopy ride. JJ




















We travelled onto Port Elizabeth and eventually to our place of stay viz.Lemon Tree Lane.

In the evening we visited Wickerwoods restaurant where we celebrated Sason's 63rd birthday



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Sason celebrating his birthday with a wonderful birthday cake.



Sarah,  Sason and Selwyn about to enjoy Sason's birthday cake at Wickerwoods



Selwyn left Port Elizabeth for Cape Town while Sara and Sason went on safari at the Addo National Park and Schotia game farm before returning to Israel the following day.


What a brilliant tour this truly was. Travelling with Sason and Sara was not a job, it was an absolute privilege. We had an amazing time together not only enjoying the Garden Route but also sharing many thoughts with regard to so many subjects. Opportunities to travel with with such wonderful "go with the flow" travellers like Sason and Sara do not come around every day and it did not take me long to recognise this very soon after we started touring together. This in turn made our journey so much more enjoyable for me and I suspect for Sara and Sason too. I am relatively sure that our paths will cross again in the near future and I cant wait for this to happen.




Received 3 September 2010


Dear Selwyn,

Thank you for your lovely letter which so much reminds us of you. Well, in
addition to being a great tourguide you are a very loving person and we
clicked with that... I am sure we'll stay friends...

We are now back, a bit pooped but overall OK, and not more pooped than to be expected from 20 hours travel. I am already working on my next trips to
Germany and China.

Let us know in good time when you and Bette decide to visit Israel.

With best regards and many, many thanks for the wonderful tour.