Helen & Simon Crowley

Kerry & Graeme Goldsworthy

Melbourne Australia

12 July 2007

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I met this Aussie foursome at the George airport in the later part of the evening and we immediately moved on to Cape Vaccas. On arrival Pieter, Katrina and Daan were awaiting us and served us a wonderful home cooked chicken dinner. After lazing around the fireplace, on what was a rather chilly night, we all went off to sleep at midnight


Simon, Helen, Graeme and Kerry enjoying the lounge fireplace at Cape Vaccas.

Day 2

Cape Vaccas

What a glorious day we awoke to at Cape Vaccas

Then foursome going on an early moring walk around the Cape Vaccas bay
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With Daan at the loose canons on Kanon next to Cape Vaccas

We enjoyed a light cheese lunch on the seaside balcony of the CV cottage before moving on to Mossel\ Bay for an afternoon excursion in the town. We stopped n for tea, cappuccino and lemon meringue at a local coffee shop before visiting the Diaz Museum.


The foursome aboard the replica of Bartolomew Diaz's Caravelle


Key climbing down the stairs to the staff quarters


Graeme in the boats staff quarters


We found this gardening trophy in the foyer of the museum and decided to honour "Kerry the gardener" with it. JJ


On arrival back at Cape Vaccas Helen, Kerry and Simon went for a short beach walk before dinner


Katriena cooked us a fabulous fish dinner which all enjoyed as can be seen from the above picture.


Day 3

Farmers Market

Golf at Pezula




Morning sunrise at Cape Vaccas
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Helen and Kerry enjoy sunrise at Cape Vaccas


A great photo of the foursome in the stable doorway of the Cape Vaccas cottage


With Pieter and Katrien before leaving Cape Vaccas at 07h30 in the morning


We drove from Cape Vaccas and passed Mossel Bay, George and the Wilderness before stopping at the Oatfields Market near Sedgefield for breakfast.


Graeme saying "its all mine"  JJ


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Enjoying breakfast at the Oatfields market


Helen at the Oatfields Market


Mixing with the locals at the market


After our visit to the Sedgefield market we travelled on to Knysna where we first offloaded our cases at Overmeer Guesthouse and then moved on to Pezula golf course where the foursome enjoyed a round of golf.


Relaxing before a round of golf at the Pezula golf course in Knysna


The Crowley's off to tackle the Pezula golf course


The Goldsworthy's off to play some golf


Having a final briefing at the first hole tee-off at Pezula


Simon tees off at the first hole
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Graeme tees off at the first hole


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Kerry teeing off at the first ladies tee-off


After having drinks at Pezula we returned to Overmeer to freshen up. In the evening we joined Dell for dinner at her restaurant Firefly for a great curry dinner evening.

Day 4

Brenton on Sea

Plettenberg Bay

Natures Valley and Bloukrans Valley


The Heads



We started our day with an early morning walk on the Brenton on Sea Beach. Simon opted to run the 5km stretch of beach


At the lookout point at Plettenberg Bay


Having coffee and carrot cake at Thyme and again near Plett.


Simon signing up for the treetop safari


Leanco briefing the foursome for the treetop safari


The tree flyers all set.


















The threesome seem to be happy that they have lost Kerry. JJJ Look carefully and you will see that she still is around. JJ

After the treetop canopy adventure we returned to Knysna and visited the Heads









After a short rest went to Lush for a great dinner.


Day 5

Drive to Cathbert


We stopped in for lunch at Bourbon Street in Robertson and as we were leaving the town we also stopped at Affie Plaas (off the farm) where we bought fruit for the rest of our journey 


We saw this wonderful poem at Affie Plaas

Day 6



Ernie Els winefarm


La Bon Vivant


It was at this point in our journey that all my pictures were blurred due to the auto-focus of my camera going faulty. Thank heavens for Simon's trusty camera as most of the following pictures were taken by him.


Helen and Simon in the Cathebert gardens


Kerry and Graeme in the gardens at Cathbert


Graeme does a hand measure up against Ernie Els's hand on Ernie Els's winefarm


Enjoying a cheese lunch at Ernie Els's farm


With Lily and her daughters Tulele and Ati in Kayamandi


Having fun with the kids in the Masakhane dance group


Loyanda takes Helen and Kerry through their dancing paces  JJ



Graeme admires his starter at Le Bon Vivant in Franschhoek


Kerry and Helen in discussion at Le Bon Vivant




Day 7

Drive to Cape Town

Table Mountain

Robben Island




Helen Simon and Helen outside the gates of the manor house at Vrede en Lust


The foursome atop of Table Mountain


Doing the Table Mountain shuffle (Apologies for the blurred picture)


The Crowley's on Robben Island

In the evening the foursome went for a great fish dinner to Baia in the cape Town Waterfront

Day 7

Cape Peninsula tour



At the penguin colony on Boulders beach


At Cape Point with the Cape of Good Hope in the background


At the most south western point of Africa


Simon saying goodbye cruel world while atop of Chapmans Peak  JJ


We stopped for a glass of champagne on the Atlantic seaboard with Camps Bay in the background


Sunset over the Atlantic seaboard. - Great photograph taken by Simon.


We ended our day in Cape Town by going to the Africa Cafe where the foursome were given a great African sendoff from South Africa.



This Aussie foursome were great fun to travel with . We had a wonderful time together and I enjoyed touring Helen, Simon, Graeme and Kerry immensely. This quartet were very easy going and full of fun. This in turn all added to the tour and helped make a success of the travelling experience. I hope that the foursome enjoyed our tour as much as I did and at the same time attained some great insights into what Cape Town, the garden Route as well as South Africa and its inhabitants are all about.


Helen, Kerry, Simon and Goldy