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

Knysna

Firefly

 

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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JJJ
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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

Treetops

The Heads

Lush

 

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.

 

 

FLYING THROUGH THE TREES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Franschhoek

Stellenbosch

Ernie Els winefarm

Kayamandi

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

Baia

 

 

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.

 

THANK YOU  THANK YOU
Helen, Kerry, Simon and Goldy