Mary, Ali and Roger Garland
Sussex - UK
2 October 2003
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I met this great foursome very briefly at the Africa Cafe on the night of the 30th of September.
On 2 October I fetched them from their guesthouse (Walden House) in the Gardens and we started out on our journey through the Winelands while making our way to Hermanus.
Thursday - 2 October 2003
Our first stop in the Winelands was in the township of Kayamandi where the following photos were taken.
At the Kayamandi Creche
At the craft centre in Kayamandi
We visited Prochorus Bead factory
Apple time in Kayamandi
Roger views the local meat dishes in Kaya with some skepticism JJ
We travelled on to Rust en Vrede winefarm where we had a great winetasting and enjoyed touring the cellar on the farm
On arrival in Hermanus we booked into the Auberge Burgundy and had a great meal that evening at Seafood at the Marine"
Friday - 3 October 2003
We started our day in Hermanus with a whale watching experience and saw lots of whales as the next couple of photos attest.
Sarah admiring a breaching whale
On our way to Oudtshoorn we stopped in the Tradouw Pass and took this fun picture
We had a sloppy chips lunch at a local cafe in Barrydale.
Sarah and Ali admiring the Klapperbos (Clapping bush) along the way to Oudtshoorn
We arrived at our guesthouse viz Shades of Africa and dined that evening at the wonderful Jemimas
Saturday - 4 October 2003
The foursome in front of Shades of Africa
Roger on top of the world (or should I say Combi) JJ on the Swartberg pass
Rogers true position in the above photo revealed JJ
The foursome admiring the view from the Swartberg Pass.
Falling off the Swartberg Pass JJJJJJ
Sarah, Mary and Alison standing in front of the awesome rock formations in the Swartberg Pass.
We had a light lunch at the Swartberg Hotel after arriving in Prince Albert.
After Prince Albert we made our way via Meiringspoort and George to Knysna where we booked into the Overmeer guesthouse. That evening we had dinner at Tsala where the above picture was taken.
Sunday - 5 October 2003
Breakfast at Overmeer
The foursome started the day on the Featherbeds hike where the following pictures were taken.
On returning to the Knysna Harbour we travelled up to the Sparrenbosch Golf course where I took this scenic photo of the foursome in front of Knysna
Everybody enjoying the Knysna Heads
Roger, Sarah, Marty and Alison at the Round Church on the Belvedere Estate
Roger doing the "Billy Bowden six" on the village cricket field at Belvedere
Mary was always on hand to feed us with winegums JJ
Roger opted for biltong JJJJ
We stopped for tea at Renay and Lionel Booth's house where the local ladies of Belvedere were having an open day in the houses serving tea for Hospice funds.
We then went to the Belvedere Manor on the Belvedere Estate
Mary reliving a nostalgic past visit to the Manor House by finding her name in the visitors book
The foursome in front of the fabulous view from the Manor House
Mary posing in front of the house at the Manor House where she stayed on her last visit to the venue
That evening we all went for dinner to JJ's restaurant in the Waterfront
Monday - 6 October 2003
This was BUNGI JUMP day
Sarah and Roger were determined to jump the 216 Meter Bloukrans Bridge which is the highest bungi jump in the world. The below picture tell the rest of the story
Sarah preparing fro the Bloukrans bridge
The certificate says it all!
Nervous energy. before the jump???? JJ
David, Sarah and Roger leaving to go to the jump point.
ROGER FLYING THROUGH THE AIR!
SARAH DIVES OFF BLOUKRANS.
ALL I CAN SAY ABOUT THIS ALL WAS THAT IT
(Private joke between me and the foursome) JJJ
We then travelled down to the Stormsriver where the foursome went on the Treetop Safari
THE RIGHT STUFF!!
Mary flies through the trees
Roger sailing in the forest
We had lunch at the Treetop Adventure Village and moved on to the Bloukrans valley as well as Natures Valley
Mary on Natures Valley Beach
Alison enjoying the sea at Natures Valley
The foursome admiring the Natures Valley Beach
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The foursome enjoy the views at Plettenberg Bay
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That evening we had a wonderful dinner at La Loerie in Knysna
Tuesday - 7 October 2003
We stopped in at the Elephant dung paper factory on our way to
( CV = My own secret awesome venue ) JJ
Alison outside the Botha and Barnard woodwork showroom
Alison in the lounge/dining area at CV
That evening we had a wonderful dinner cooked by a local lady, Katrien, which we enjoyed in front of the fireplace at CV while the wind was howling outside and the sea was rolling up about 10 meters from our front door. What a wonderful atmosphere to end such an enjoyable tour
Wednesday - 8 October 2003
We all chilled out in the morning enjoying the natural wonders of CV where after I took the foursome to the George airport where we unfortunately had to bade each other farewell.
Mary, Roger, Alison and Sarah were absolutely wonderful people to tour with. We had enormous fun in the vehicle while touring and had a fabulous time seeing some of the great spots on the Garden Route. The foursome were such easy going people to travel with that they made my own life so easy in that whatever happened on tour just had to be a success. What a great group these four truly were.
Mary, Roger, Sarah and Ali,
It REALLY was A BEDORNERDE event to travel with you all.
THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
Received 21 October 2003
Yes it really is me replying to your e mail. Thanks so very much for
giving the four of us so many wonderful experiences. It would be impossible
to pick a favourite, as we enjoyed everything so much. Like yourself , we
are all watching our waistlines or what is left of them, after eating like
kings for three weeks.
The time we spent with my aunt at White River has also been fantastic.
Roger has some awesome photos taken on our game drives, and of the dramatic local scenery. He says to tell you that he will be sending the bungi video
as soon as he can organise the loan of a recorder. He will also send some
pics of the second part of our holiday if you would like. Let us know.
Well, we have been back to work for two days now and Africa seems a long
time ago. Looking up the photos brings us right back again, lovely.