Mitch and Sarah Beim

Pierrefonds, Quebec, Canada

7 April 2006

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I met Mitch and Sarah at the Cape Villa in Camps Bay and we set off on a winelands / township journey


At the Afrikaans Language Monument in Paarl


Viewing paintings at the monument


We left the monument at drove to Avontuur Winefarm where we had a wonderful lunch


At the Cheetah Foundation near Stellenbosch.


Sarah and Mitch on Middelvlei winefarm


Enjoying a winetasting at Middelvlei


After our visit to Middelvlei we moved on to the township of Kayamandi.


Listening to Lily tell us her life story in her home


Enjoying Lily and her daughters singing a traditional Xhosa song


Please click here to watch a video of Lily and her daughters in song
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With Lily at her famous stove.


Mitch having fun with some of the kids outside of Nosandile's shack




Please click here to watch a video of the kids in Nosandiles shack home singing to Mitch and Sarah
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Please click here to watch a video of the street party we walked
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Mitch enjoying himself in Zone J



Sarah in the St. Pauls church in Zone J


Having fun with the kids who are enjoying their apples gained from the fruit fro trash project in Zone J


8 April 2006

Cape Peninsula tour


At Maidens Cove with Camps Bay and the 12 Apostles in the background


At the Mouille Point lighthouse


Mitch and Sarah in the Kalk Bay harbour




Having a great lunch at Kalkies


Walking off our fish lunch from Kalkies. JJ


With Just Nuisance in Simonstown



"Window shopping" J in Simonstown


After our visit to Jubilee Square in Simonstown we visited the penguin colony at Boulders beach and then moved on to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve.


At Cape Point


Opposites attract!  JJ


Enjoying the fresh air of Cape Point


At the Two Oceans Restaurant where I introduced Mitch and Sarah to Dom Pedros


At the most south western point of Africa


Enjoying the natural beauty at the Cape of Good Hope



At Slangkop lighthouse


On Chapmans Peak


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Sarah at sunset on Chapmans Peak


Great sunset photo on Chapman's Peak


We ended our wonderful tour with a fabulous evening at the Africa Cafe. In the above picture we see Rose (from Zimbabwe) who served us with M\itch and Sarah.



Last minute shopping at the Africa Cafe shop.

Mitch and Sarah were a great couple to tour with. We had much fun together and simultaneously learnt a lot from each other. Both Mitch and Sarah were every touched by their experience in Kayamandi and we spent much time talking about this event during most of our travels. With me having much in common with this young couple our journey together was a very happy experience for me and I can but only hope that they had similar feelings when we parted company on our last night together.



Received 14 May 2006


Good morning Selwyn,

Sorry for the taking so long to get back in touch with you. We got back to
Montreal right before Passover and from there it was off to the races with
work and some not nearly as pleasant business travel. I am enclosing a
message that Sarah has put together and am enclosing the links to all our
pictures . Unfortunately I do not have much of us with the penguins. 

Thank you for all you did to make our time in Cape Town so much more
enjoyable. To echo what Sarah has written below, we were both really
touched by the experience in Kayamandi and would like to try and do our own small part to make things better. Please let us know how best to proceed.

As Sarah says, if your travels ever take you to Canada, please consider
coming to Montreal to see what our great city has to offer. We would be
glad to do our part to make you feel as welcome here as we felt in Cape

Travel safely,


Hi Selwyn,

Remember Sarah and Mitch, the couple from Montreal - we toured with you in April. First of all I'm sorry to have not written sooner, but with coming
back and getting back into work etc it has been quite hectic. Thank you so
much once again for the two beautiful days we spent in your company touring the scenic and beguiling Cape. We were both completely overwhelmed by the majesty and beauty of the place, the stunning vistas and splendid views. We were also touched by the colourful and dynamic people we met along the way. There were so many striking and interesting characters along the way. We were completely affected by Kayamandi and have subsequently been reading up and finding out more about it. We have avidly told everyone about our experiences in Kayamandi and he amazing spirit and warmth we found there. The sense of community and vitality there is very inspiring. We are still thinking of what we can do to in some small way help the people and community there. Please could you give us the details about the child sponsorship program as we are considering this.
Also as an aside if you can please could you give Rose from The Africa Cafe my email address.  I do not know if she will remember me, but maybe if you show her the picture and tell her she painted my face it will jog her memory a little. It is just in case she would like to stay in touch. I would not mind writing to her as I found her interesting and both being born in Zimbabwe, we already have something in common. 

Once again Selwyn thank you so much for a great experience. We really do
appreciate your enthusiasm and dedication and will certainly stay in touch.
Also, if and when you come to Canada come and visit us, you're both welcome to stay with us for a few days if you like.

I have also attached a link to the Sable Island website we spoke about. The
island with wild horses. Also two photographs of our chocolate lighthouse
which we had discussed with you.

Take care, best wishes and thank you so much once again,

Sarah (and Mitch)



To see more of Mitch and Sarah's wonderful SA journey please click here.