Irv and Audrey Cohen

New York; USA

9 February 2009

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I met Irv and Audrey at George airport and after becoming acquainted we immediately set off of our Garden Route adventure by travelling to Overmeer Guesthouse in Knysna

 

We enjoyed a great opening dinner at Zest restaurant

 


Day 2

Tsitsikamma Forest

 

We started out our first drive by stopping in at Plettenberg Bay where the above picture was taken.

 

We travelled on to Alje van Demeent who served us a special lunch made up of his world class cheeses at his hidden forest home 

A sample of some of Alje's foods

 

Enjoying lunch

 

 

In Alje's garden

 

Some of Alje's wonderful wood furnishings

 

 

Outside Alje's rustic forest house

 

We travelled on to the Tsitsikamma Adventure resort so as to do the tree top canopy tour

Signing up to do the tour

 

Being kitted out

Ready to fly

 

 

As can be seen all look on with greet trepidation once they see the first flyover and at this stage Audrey decided not to fly while Irv insisted he wanted to go ahead.

 

Irv flying through the trees

 

 

 

 

 

 

We travelled back to Knysna and went to Firefly for dinner in the evening


Day 3

Knysna

 

We started our morning with an early morning 6km beach walk oat Brenton on Sea.
In the picture above Irv and Audrey can be seen in the bottom left hand corner of the picture

 

Ending the beach walk

 

Audrey signing the register at the Little Round Church on Belvedere

 

At the Bell Tavern on the Belvedere Estate

 

We followed our visit to Belvedere with a catamaran sailing journey on the Knysna Lagoon. While doing this adventure we were extremely luck to be able to go through the Knysna Heads  which was an experience I have only managed to attain once in 10 years of tour guiding which shows how rare the fantastic adventure truly is. A fantastic time was had by all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We returned to Overmeer and after a short break travelled to Serendipity restaurant where the below pictures were taken.

 

 

Outside Serendipity

 

 


Day 4

Knysna and travel to Cape Vaccas

 

While Irv slept in late Audrey went shopping in Knysna.

 

Audrey in the art complex built in the Old Gaol

 

We checked out of Overmeer and travelled to the Knysna Heads where we obtained an overhead view of our previous days sea adventure

 

 

 

 

We stopped in at a local supermarket where I took the above picture of Irv in front of of some South African pumpkins

 

Before leaving Knysna we visited the Knysna Oyster factory where we had a wonderful lunch comprising Knysna Coastal Oysters

 

Watching paper being made from elephant dung at the Scarab factory

 

Andrew explains how the printing is done on the elephant dung paper.

 

We arrived at Cape Vaccas at 19h30 where Katrien had prepared a home made fish dinner for us.

 


Day 5

Chill out day at Cape Vaccas

 

Irv and Audrey just after sunset at Cape Vaccas

 

And the world shook. JJ


Day 6

Oudtshoorn here we come!

 

Katrien, Audrey, Irv and Pieter outside the Cape Vaccas cottage
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Zebras seen on the Cape Vaccas nature reserve

 

At the top of the Robinson Pass on our way to Oudtshoorn

 

Irv and Selwyn before having lunch at Die Peperboom in Oudtshoorn

 

Going on a short safari at Buffelsdrift game farm 
(A surprise visit for Audrey and Irv as I only told them about this journey 3 hours before they went on safari)

 

Below are some of the animals seen on safari

Springbok

 

African Buffalo

 

Hippo

 

Rhino

 

 

Irv and Audrey with some of the many ostriches on Mooiplaas Ostrich farm where we were staying

 

Fantastic ostrich dinner being enjoyed at Mooiplaas Ostrich farm.

 


Day 7

Ostrich farm, Oudtshoorn and Swartberge

 

Irv and Audrey started their day with a tour of the Mooiplaas ostrich farm with Koos one of the guesthouse managers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We moved on to the ostrich co-op where Irv and Audrey ha some fun shopping for ostrich products

 

 

 

 

We visited the CP Nel museum and spent a lot of time in the St Johns Street Synagogue exhibition

 

 

 

 

In the CP Nel courtyard

 

We travelled up the Swartberg Pass (1500 Metres) where the below pictures were taken

 

 

 

See if you can spot Irv in this picture. 

 

JJ

 

 

 

 

In the little village of Prince Albert we visited the bush golf course and the Prince of Tides mohair shop

 

 

On our way back to Oudtshoorn we stopped at Klaarstroom and visited Estelle Gavin who showed us her house and shop which took us back many years

 

 

 

Sunset pictures at Mooiplaas (Our farm of stay)

 

 

 

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We enjoyed dinner at Jemimas in the evening

 


 

Day 8

Travel to Cathbert Country House - Cape Winelands

 

 

Enjoying tea at Ladismith

 

The deal is struck outside of Barrydale at Ronnies! JJ

 

Inside Ronnies Sex shop

 

Dinner at Cathbert Country House where we stayed for 2 nights


Day 9

Winelands, Stellenbosch and Kayamandi

 

 

Irv admiring the grapes in Vrede en Lust's vineyards

 

At the Afrikaans Language Monument

 

Winetasting Kosher wines at Klein Draken

 

Enjoying the glassware on Seidelberg Winefarm

 

 

The view from Seidelberg wine farm
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We visited Kayamandi for the afternnon

At the Isibane Sempomolelo creche in Kayamandi

 

Audrey finds a young friend. JJ

 

With Tembekazi who joined us for lunch

 

Shopping in Stellenbosch

 

AT the Ikamva Lethu Centre watching the ballroom dancing

 

Joining in with the dancers

 

 

Talking to the Ikamva kids

 

Walking in Zone J

 

Walking away from a local church service in Zone J

 

Having fun with the kids in Zone J

 

SHARP!!!  JJ

 

Dinner at Lily's home


Day 10

Drive to Cape Town

 

We drove to Cape Town and stopped in at the Waterfront where Audrey had some fun shopping

 

At the Cape Town Waterfront

 

Doing the Table Mountain shuffle atop of Table Mountain

Audrey enjoying her dinner meal at the Savoy Cabbage.

 


Day 11

Peninsula Tour - Gold Restaurant

 

We started our day with Breakfast at The Gardeners Cottage - Jacob we thought of you. JJ

 

Pictures taken at the Montebello craft village in Newlands

At the penguin colony on Boulders Beach

 

 

Enjoying a pie lunch while overlooking False Bay
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At Cape Point with the Cape of Good Hope in the background

 

At the most south western point of Africa

 

We visited the Statue Garden on our way back to Cape Town

 

On Long Beach near to Kommetjie

 

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Enjoying the dancing at Gold Restaurant

 

Audrey clapping her hands for the Gold dancers; She could well have been clapping her hands for a wonderful tour.

After our visit to Gold we returned to 70 Loader Street where Audrey and Irv were staying and where we unfortunately had to bade each other farewell.

 


Touring just does not become any better than this tour for a tourguide like myself. This was mainly because of the Cohens. They were such easy people to tour with and most important to me understood all the complexities of South Africa and its wonderful peoples. Wherever we went we had a great time not only because the Garden Route and Cape Town offered this facility but because Audrey and Irv wanted to make all happen succesfully and enjoyably. For me this was a fabulous tour which will always stay with me as one of the best I have experienced.

 

THANK YOU SO VERY VERY MUCH

AUDREY AND IRV.

You're the greatest!

 


Received 28 February 2009

 

Hi Selwyn,

We had a marvelous time at Jackalberry and a long but not very unpleasant
trip home. Went on our last safari Wednesday at 5:30 am (10:30 pm Tuesday,
NY time) and got home Thursday at noon. Still managed to go to the NY
Botanical Gardens this morning for a special orchid exhibition. Auds and i enjoyed our SA tour very much and have raved about it to our friends and family.

Thank you so much for the lovely note you sent; we too felt very connected.
We also agree that Kayamandi was the highlight of the trip. Whatever
happened with the boys who were supposed to show up for the dancing? Did
they?

ps - enjoyed the photos on your web site but we cannot see quite a few of
them - they appear as narrow horizontal strips. One was totally blank.
Tried refresh button, but to no avail. Others have the same problem. Any
suggestions?

Our very best,
Audrey and Irv
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pss - Neither Audrey nor I have lost/misplaced anything since we left you. J