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

 


 

DAY 2

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


DAY 3

Ostrich tour

CP Nel Museum

Swartberge

Jemimas

 

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.

 

WONDERFUL DAY

 


DAY 4

Botlierskop

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

 


DAY 5

Morning at CV

Leave CV

Travel to Overmeer (Knysna)

 

At CV
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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.


 

DAY 6

Brenton on Sea to Buffalo Bay walk

Belvedere

Indawo

Yacht cruise on Knysna estuary

The Heads

Daniellas

 

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


DAY 7

Travel to Port Elizabeth

TreeTop safari

Whickerwoods

 

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

 


DAY 8

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.

WHAT AN AMAZING TOURING EXPERIENCE THIS JOURNEY WAS.

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A HUGE THANK YOU FOR ALL
SARA AND SASON.


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.

Sason

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