Harvey Eisen and Katie Maslow

Bethesda - Maryland - USA

6 May 2005

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I met Harvey and Katie at Craigrownie guesthouse and with a possibility of a rainy day ahead of us we set out on a Cape Peninsula tour hoping for the best as we travelled. Happily the weather forecasters were incorrect in their predictions and we not only had a marvelous day weather wise but we also had a fabulous day overall.


Katie and Harvey at Muizenberg.


We had a wonderful lunch at the Money Tree Cafe


Admiring the orange breasted starlings at Cape Point


Harvey and Katie at Cape Point


Katie admiring the scenery from the Cape Point lookout


In the funicular at Cape Point


Been here done that! JJ


A BIG been there done that! JJJ


While travelling on to Scarborough we met up with a troop of Chacma baboon where I took the pictures below.




We travelled on the Scarborough, Misty Cliffs, Slangkop, Chapmans Peak, Hout Bay and eventually Camps Bay. Thereafter we made of way to the Africa Cafe for dinner.


The three of us having a wonderful feast at the Africa Cafe.

Day 2
 7 May 2005

Cape Winelands


We travelled to the Afrikaans Language Monument where we spent quite a while discussing the history of South Africa and viewing the monument.

Harvey and Katie in the gardens of the Afrikaans language monument


At the monument


We travelled on to Stellenbosch where we did an extensive driving tour of the town and then went for lunch to De Zoete Inval restaurant


We travelled on to Kayamandi where we visited the township

With Nosandile and the Sarafina Girls


Mzwake explaining the Water Church to the Katie and Harvey


With Bennet in his shack home


We had a great Afrikaans food type dinner at the Volkskombuis in Stellenbosch

Day 3
 8 May 2005

Travel to Cape Vaccas

We left Cape Town at 10h00 and travelled via the Cape Town city center, Somerset West, Caledon, Riviersonderend to Swellendam


Katie and Harvey outside Craigrownie before leaving Cape Town


In Swellendam we look at some of the interesting parts of the town and had lunch at La Belle Alliance.


Katie and Harvey at La Belle Alliance


We left Swellendam and travelled via Heidelberg, Riversdale and Albertinia to Cape Vaccas. After settling in at the cottage we enjoyed a wonderful meal prepared for us by Katrien and Pieter from Cape Vaccas.


Enjoying our meal at the Cape Vaccas cottage.

Day 4
 9 May 2005

Elephant riding at Botlierskop 
Travel to Knysna


Pieter, Katriena, Harvey and Katie outside the Cape Vaccas cottage


Katie and Harvey enjoying the views and fantastic weather at Cape Vaccas


We left Cape Vaccas and travelled on to Botlierskop in the Klein Brak area so as to go do some elephant riding. The below pictures tell there own wonderful story about the event.











We travelled to Knysna and had lunch at the Knysna Oyster factory.


Harvey and Katie at The Heads in Knysna



Another picture at The Heads


After our visit to The Heads we travelled on to Overmeer Guesthouse. After settling in and taking a short break we went to La Loerie for a great meal.

Day 5
 10 May 2005

Knysna and the Wilderness


We started out or morning by getting all banking details done and then moving on to the Belvedere Estate.


Harvey and Katie in the gardens of Belvedere Manor


We stopped in at the Scarab paper factory where I took this picture with Harvey, Katie and the Scarab staff


Andrew, the printer at Scarab, explaining his printing machine to Harvey and Katie


Katie in the Scarab shop 


We stopped in at the Botha and Barnard furniture shop where I took the above picture


After having lunch at the Wilderness Grille we travelled up to the Map of Africa.

We travelled back to Overmeer, had a 90 minute rest and then travelled to Tsala for dinner


With Vuzikile outside one of the chalets at Tsala (Place in trees)


Harvey thinks " Now why did I not order one of those Creme Brulee's" while Katie smiles with delight! JJJ


Day 6
 11 May 2005

Stormsriver and Treetops canopy tour


We left Knysna eraly and travveld via Plettenberg Bay to Natures Valley.

Harvey and Katie in the heart of the Natures Valley


After driving through Natures Valley as well as the Bloukrans Valley we arrived at the Treetop Canopy Tour in the Tsitsikamma Forest at the Stormsriver Adventure Village. The following pictures were all taken while on the canopy tour.












After our Treetops Safari we returned to Knysna and went to the local free market where Katie and Harvey wanted to buy some animal statues.


Viewing statues in the market

Katie looks keen to buy the statues being shown to her.

Katie says "I will take them" and Harvey shows total dismay. JJ


In the evening we went to Firefly for dinner

Harvey and Katie enjoying dessert at Firefly

Day 7
 12 May 2005

Depart from George

We had to depart from Overmeer earlier than normal due to repairs that were being done on the Knysna to George road. We made it on time to George airport where I very sorrowfully had to bid Harvey and Katie farewell.


Travelling with Harvey and Katie was a wonderful experience. We had much to share and due to our backgrounds were kindred spirits in many ways. Together we shared a lot about what the new South Africa was about and enjoyed the wonderful visuals of the Cape Town and Garden Route areas while doing so. A great tour with a fabulous couple.