Paul and Karen Van Buren

Los Altos - California -  USA

18 December 2011

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I met Paul and Karen at the Cape Grace Hotel and after sitting down to discuss our final tour plans for the next two days we set off on a Cape Peninsula tour


As Paul had been a Rhodes Scholar a visit to the Cecil Rhodes statue at the University of Cape Town was a must do event.
In the picture we see Paul and Karen with the University of Cape Town's Jameson Hall in the background.


Paul at the Rhodes statue at UCT


A stop at the Rhodes Memorial was also important to us.


We enjoyed a lovely lunch at the Rhodes memorial before travelling down to the Cape Peninsula. Along the way we passed Muizenberg,  Kalk Bay and Simonstown as well as visited the penguin colony at Boulders Beach. After visiting the Cape of Good Hope national Park we moved onto the towns of Scarborough and Sun Valley before ascending Chapman's Peak.


Karen and Paul on Chapmans Peak

After our journey over Chapman's Peak we returned to Cape Town via the Atlantic seaboard passing Hout Bay, Camps Bay and Sea Point.


This was a wonderful day mainly because we passed so many sites which were of great interest to Paul and Karen in that it had so much to do with their own personal history.  In my capacity as a tourist guide I lapped up every minute of the day with joy.


Day 2

Cape Winelands and Kayamandi



We started our day with a visit to the Afrikaans language monument where we amongst others I took Paul and Karen through the history of South Africa


We stopped in at Muratie wine farm for a winetasting



We travelled to Kayamandi where we first stopped in at Lily, who told us her fascinating life story

Karen and Paul with Lily in one of her homestay bedrooms


Having fun with the kids in Zone J


Handing out fruit for trash.


In the St.Pauls church


After our visit to Kayamandi we returned home to Cape Town where I had to very sadly bade farewell to Paul and Karen.


Touring with Karen and Paul was truly a magnificent experience. What made the journey so wonderful for me was the fact that both Karen and Paul had an intimate knowledge of South African history and sharing information and views with them was a very exciting experience for me. I can only hope that it was as enjoyable for them. In summary a wonderful two days in cape Town with two wonderful people.