Wally and Brenda Byers King
Dave and Tania Smith
Portland - Oregon - USA
18 May 2005
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I met this great foursome at their apartment at Village and Life in De Waterkant and after doing an apartment change (due to noise at the first apartment) we discussed our itinerary and set off on a Winelands tour.
We stopped in for a winetasting (especially Pinotage) at Middlevlei winefarm
After Middlevlei we did a short tour of Stellenbosch and enjoyed some takeout sandwiches before moving on to Muratie winefarm where the above and below pictures were taken
Brenda and David enjoying a winetasting at Muratie
Tania and Brenda having fun at Muratie.
Wally, Brenda, Tania and Dave at the history plaque on Muratie
We travelled on to Warwick winefarm where we enjoyed a great winetasting where after I took this funny picture of Brenda being pout into the scenery of one of Wally's rather high pictures. JJ
After our visit to Warwick we moved on to Kayamandi
The foursome posing with the Sarafina Girls at Nosandile's shack
With Mzwake at the Water Church
We travelled back to Cape Town and visited the Africa Cafe where we celebrated David and Tania's 10th anniversary.
Tania and David after 10 years of marriage showing the "sabraged" champagne bottle that we emptied to celebrate the event
We started our day by travelling through the city as well as Bo-Kaap area, where I took the above picture of the foursome in front of Table Mountain as well as the city.
Portland Oregon arrives at Muizenberg. JJ
We stopped in at the Money Tree Cafe for fishcakes and salad
We moved over to the Kalk Bay harbour where we had a great fish meal at Kalkies that Gadija served us
Wally and Brenda at Just Nuisance's statue in Simonstown
Just Nuisance, David and Tania,
At the penguin colony at Boulders Beach
We moved on to Cape Point and met a Chacma baboon in the parking area.
Tania, David, Brenda and Wally at Cape Point
On our way back Brenda decided to call it quits on Chapmans Peak. JJ
Popping the champagne cork on Chapmans Peak
Sunset photos on Chapmans Peak
First Brenda closed her eyes.....
Then Wally closed his....
And eventually we got this fabulous photo. JJ
David and Tania on Chapmans Peak at Sunset
A great photo to end a great tour!
Wally, Brenda, Dave and Tania were very easy and wonderful folk to travel with. All four of them showed showed great interest as to what was happening in South Africa as well as what was happening around them them as we travelled. It was an absolute pleasure to tour with this wonderful foursome on both our days together and the fun that they created so as to make our tour a fab was wont be forgotten by me for quite a while
Thank you Brenda, Wally,
Tania and Dave
Received 1 June 2005
We are home and struggling to get back to normal.. whatever that is! Our trip to Africa was incredible and we really enjoyed our time with you in Cape Town. Your passion for South Africa is contagious and I read an article on the long plane ride home that made me think of you.
The article was about Martin Litton, who was dubbed in the article as one of the founding commercial river runners of the Colorado and one of America's greatest living conservationists: a man who, after 70 years of both reveling in and battling to preserve a treasure trove of natural wonders, has become something of a national treasure himself. This mans passion and contributions reaffirms that one person can make a difference! We are honored to have spent time with you and learn about the new South Africa.
Keep up the good work!
All the best,
Received 1 June 2005
Brenda just forwarded on the e-mail you had sent her with your
website and all the photos. I think they all turned out great (although I hate seeing myself in photos) - all in all, our trip was quite wonderful and you certainly contributed to that......we loved "95" - had an awesome meal there and it wasn't really noisy at all. We ended up sitting upstairs which was great. So thanks for that recommendation.
As I'm sure Brenda will tell you, our trip to Botswana was just indescribable. Everything was so nice and we didn't have to think! Just ate and viewed the animals and ate some more. Brenda did such a fine job of organizing everything, all we had to do
was pay for it and show up! We already are trying to figure out when we can make another trip. Africa sure gets in your blood -- so thank you, Selwyn, for all that you did to make the Cape Town portion of our journey so good. We all learned so much from you, you are certainly a credit to your country and profession. Make a note of our e-mail address for reference. And please stay in touch.
Tanya and Dave