Wilkinson Family

Minneapolis - USA

22 December 2004

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I met this great family at the Sir Francis Hotel in Green Point and from the minute that we introduced ourselves I just knew that this was going to be a wonderful tour together. After a couple of minutes of getting to know each other we set out on a Cape Winelands tour.

 

In hunt of the eternal $ at Plattekloof with Table Mountain and Signal Hill in the background

 

 

Ellie, Smith, Charlotte, Ben, Frank and Frances enjoying the views from the Afrikaans Language Monument

 

 

The whole family at the Afrikaans Language monument

 

Charlotte and Frances at the Language Monument

 

Ben taking a rest at the Afrikaans Language monument

 

Winetasting at Backsberg

 

 

Oh man was that brandy strong. JJJJJ

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In the cellars of Backsberg

 

 

 

 

 

Lunch with the Wilkinson family at Cotage Fromage

 

Enjoying the wonderful surroundings at Cotage Fromage


Ben and his horse at Cotage Fromage. JJ

 

Ben and the girls of Kayamandi

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With Nosandile outside her shack

 

Mzwake handing out fruit for trash

 

SHARP!


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The Wilkinson's in Kayamandi

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Sunset on Signal Hill

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Charlotte, Frances and Ben enjoying sunset on Signal Hill

 

We had a wonderful dinner at  the Africa Cafe

 


Day 2

Cape Peninsula

 

We started our day tour by first stopping in at the Kirstenbosch Gardens where everybody did their last bit of shopping.

 

 

Giraffe man! JJ

 

Decisions decisions decisions. JJ

 

Ben and I could not believe that the candle that he is seen standing with cost $325.

 

Ellie having fun choosing a handbag.

 

Lunch at "The Meeting Place" in Simonstown.

Munch munch!  JJ

 

Frances and Frank outside the penguin colony

 

The whole family at the penguin colony at Boulders Beach

 

While Frances and Frank waded in the waters of Simonstown, Ben can be seen in the background enjoying a full blooded swim in the Atlantic Ocean

 

Getting a helping hand from mom after a swim in the Atlantic Ocean

 

Everybody enjoying Cape Point

 

Photo time at Cape Point

 

 

After Cape Point it was time for a short power nap!  JJ

 

Riding a rhino at the Statues near Scarborough

 

Hippo surfing in Cape Town. JJ

 

Charlotte doing a statue mimic at "The Statues"

 

Goodbye cruel world - Could one choose a better place than Chapmans Peak? JJ

 

While Smith and Ellie lazed in the car the rest of us enjoyed the great views at Chapmans Peak.

 

On arrival back at the Sir Francis I gave the family a parting feeling of the real drinks of South Africa when they tasted witblits. (White lightning)  Their expressions tell what the drink tasted like. JJ

WONDERFUL FAMILY TO TOUR WITH!


The Wilkinson family group were an awesome ensemble to tour with. They were game to try anything and experienced a lot of Cape Town and its surrounds in the process. We had much fun together and quite a number of events happened on tour that are going to become unforgettable experiences for me. It truly was a privilege to tour with such a happy group and I can only but hope that they enjoyed the tour as much as I did. All in all a great touring experience.

THANK YOU
Frank, Frances, Ellie, Smith, Charlotte and Ben

May I also thank you for the very generous donation that you made to those who were affected by the fire in Kayamandi


Received 1 January 2005

Dear Selwyn,

Thanks for the e-mail & for posting the wonderful pictures & video clips on your web site- the whole family has enjoyed them.

We too had 2 great touring days. I'm sure, without you, we would have seen a more conventional and less exciting Cape Town - you made the difference.

Beware, we have already been talking you up so don't be surprised if you start getting inquiries from Minnesota.

Regards

Frank

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