Libbie Bramson
Nancy Kalishman
Janice Lundgren

Naples, Florida - USA

St.Louis, Missouri - USA

21 September 2009

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I met this wonderful trio of ladies at the Cape Grace Hotel and as planned we set off on a Franschhoek - Hermanus journey. The drive that we undertook was a very scenic one and as the weather played game we had a wonderful day visualizing some wonderful scenery throughout the Western Cape region. We spent a lot of quality time in discussion about the South African scene too. The negative of this was that we spent much time in the car and I thus took very few pictures. Here are some of the the pictures I took on the day.



Nancy, Libby and Janice taking photgraphs of the Franschhoek Valley
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After leaving Franschhoek we travelled through the Franschhoek Pass as well as the Viljoen Pass. We then stopped at Peregrines farm stall where I introduced all to the local foods that we as South Africans enjoy.


Libby and bird JJ at a great spot that we found in Hermanus to do some whalewatching


Janice, Nancy and Libby at our whalewatching spot


We stopped in for lunch at the Hermanus Rock restaurant where we had a fish lunch


Libby photgraphing whales from afar while on Clarence Drive near to Gordons Bay


Nancy photgraphing the great scenery form the top of Clarence Drive.
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This threesome of wonderful ladies were amongst the most friendly and likeable people I have had on tour with me. They were wonderful to have in the vehicle as company at all times.  What more can I say other than "a BIG HUGE THANK YOU Libby, Nancy and Janice. With the ladies allowing me to make the suggestion of the journey that we did we carved out a new tour for myself to do in the future and what a wonderfully scenic journey this turned out to be.

Great day, great people and great tour for me to do.



Received 3 October 2009



you beat me to it! I just got home yesterday and had intended  to write to you while we were still on the trip to tell you how much I  enjoyed our interesting, educational and fun day with you. Some places had  computers (with waiting lines of people) and some places did not, so I never had the chance to tell you how much you added to our knowledge and  understanding of South Africa. It truly started off our trip on a very positive note.
We enjoyed the entire tour but all three of us felt that it should have  been a couple of days longer, as there was too little time to absorb so many different experiences and too much time was spent in airports and traveling  from place to place. We were really looking forward to and were very disappointed that we couldn't take the boat to Robben's you no doubt read, there was a mechanical problem and the boat was out of commission for several days, including on the day we were scheduled to go. We did take the cable care up the mountain and enjoyed beautiful weather every day of the trip, so nothing else had to be changed. 

Sabi Sabi was another highpoint...we saw so many animals and loved the lodge as well as the game drives. That is where I wished for an extra day. All is all, the trip was wonderful and, once again, I want to thank you for your part in making it very special!


Received 3 October 2009

Hi Selwyn: I echo everything that Nancy wrote you while we were still 
in South Africa. Our day spent with you was one of the highlights of 
our entire trip. Your insights provided a great foundation to better 
understand the subsequent things we saw during the balance of our 
South African tour. We regret that we weren't able to spend a few 
additional days with you. Hopefully, we will be in South Africa 
again and have the opportunity to experience it in greater depth. One 
thing is for certain -- Cape Town and its environs are breathtakingly 
beautiful. And, having the 2010 World Soccer Games in South Africa 
should be huge in terms of generating employment and stimulating the 

Best regards, Libbie Bramson

Received 4 October 2009

Hello Selwyn,

THANK YOU for such a marvelous and informative day! Your tour opened my
mind to all that followed with our time with Tauck. You gave Libbie, Nancy
and I such a wonderful foundation. We thoroughly enjoyed the rest of our
trip but as Libbie and Nancy expressed it was a bit "spotty" and rushed. If
you had been there, I am sure we would have enjoyed it much more. I
especially loved Sabi Sabi. What a wonderful safari. I wish you the very
best and if I am "in town" again, you certainly will be first on my list!