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

 


Day 2

Cape Peninsula

 

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

Hello Selwyn,

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.

http://outside.away.com/outside/destinations/200506/grand-canyon-2.html

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,

Brenda


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Received 1 June 2005

Selwyn, 

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.

Sincerely, 
Tanya and Dave

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