Sheryl Gofton     Grace Snell

 Rhonda Bradbury      Bev Pennington

Brisbane and Sydney - Australia

29 June 2007

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I met this quartet of Aussie ladies at the Winchester Mansions Hotel and after becoming aquainted we set off on our way to Oudtshoorn via the R62.

 

 

Sheryl and Bev at Plattekloof

 

Rhonda, Sheryl, Bev and Grace at Plattekloof with the whole of the Cape Peninsula behind them featuring Table Mountain

 

Leaving Joubert Tradouw winefarm

 

With Mike Clarke at Clarkes ot the Karroo in Barrydale

 

Enjoying lunch at Clarkes of the Karoo

 

Daughter and mother enjoying bobotie for lunch at Clarkes.

 

Posing in front of some vintage cars outside of Clarkes of the Karroo

 

Sheryl at Ronnies sex shop - Motorbike stopover in the middle of the Karroo.

 

Tasting some local drinks at Ronnies Sex Shop.

 

All five of us in Ronnies Sex Shop

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Bev amongst the caps in Ronnies Sex Shop

 

Sheryl leaves her mark in Ronnies Sex Shop

 

The girls all togged out by Ronnie JJ

 

In front of the fireplace with Viljee of Mooiplaas Guesthouse

 

Sheryl warming her hands at Mooiplaas in front of the barbecue fire.

 

 

Ostrich steak dinner being served to us by Hanlie of Mooiplaas farm


DAY 2

Ostrich ko-op, Swartberge and Meiringspoort

The foursome posing with many of our "friends" at Mooiplaas JJ

 

Shopping at the Ostrich Ko-Op in Oudtshoorn

 

Grace in thee Ostrich Ko-Op

 

The foursome enjoying the ostrich co-op

 

See no evil, speak no evil and hear no evil at the Cango Caves in Outshoorn

 

 

Grace and Bev in front of  "the organ" in the Cango Caves

 

             

In the Cango Caves

 

Fun picture in the Cango Caves

 

Close to the top of The Swartberg Mountains

 

Bev on the Swartberg Mountains

 

Mom and daughter on the Swartberg Mountains

 

 

 

 

Rhonda on the Swartberg Mountains

 

Doing the "Swartberg shuffle"  JJ

 

All of us on the Swartberg Mountains

 

Sheryl nearly was kidnapped by these two bikers from George on the Swartberg Mountains

 

The foursome atop of the Swartberg Mountains

 

Rhonda and Bev at the top of the Swartberg Mountains

 

At the top!

 

At the Tea Mountain stop on the Swartberg Mountains

 

Sheryl and Rhonda enjoying the Swartberg Mountains

 

Having high tea at the Swartberg Hotel in Prince Albert

 

Shopping at The Prince of Africa mohair shop in Prince Albert

 

 

Enjoying dinner at Jemimas in Oudtshoorn


DAY 3

Knysna, Wilderness, Safari at Botlierskop, Firefly restaurant

 

We stopped in a a local Knysna craft market where we had pancakes and coffee

 

Grace enjoying the craft market

 

At the Wilderness

 

Bev decides to take a break from all while travelling in the Wilderness. JJ

 

With Arne' before going off on safari at Botlierskop

 

Elephants ahoy!!

 

"Giraffing" on Botlierskop

 

 

Taking a break while on safari

 

Sheryl with some bontebok in the background

 

Bev with wildebeest in the background

 

Rhinos ahead!!!

 

 

Close encounters of a rhino kind. JJ

 

Enjoying a sherry after the safari

The foursome with the Botlierskop farm in the background

 

With Dell at Firefly where we we had an outstanding curry meal

 


DAY 3

Knysna

 

Bev and Sheryl started the morning with a 6 km hike on Brenton on Sea beach to Buffalo Bay (red arrow)

 

We spent the morning shopping in Knysna as the next photos show

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We spent the afternoon on a yacht on the Knysna Lagoon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The foursome on the Knysna Heads at sunset 

 

Daughter and mom at Sunset on the Knysna Heads

 

Great picture of Bev on the Knysna Heads

 

The foursome up on the Knysna Heads

 

The foursome enjoying the view from The Heads
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In the evening we went for dinner at the Knysna Oyster company which unfortunately turned out to be a very mediocre meal.


DAY 4

Travel to Stormsriver and Port Elizabeth

 

 

At the Bloukrans Bridge where we watched the worlds highest bungy jump

 

The foursome with the Bloukrans Bridge in the background

 

Being briefed about the Treetop Canopy Tour by Emile.

 

Grace being togged up for the Canopy Tour

 

Rhonda and Bev raring to go flying amongst the trees

 

The Awesome foursome flyers.

 

 

The foursome all set to go flying amongst the trees

 

Flying in the trees

 

 

 

 

 

Beware of the Flying Black Diamond!  JJ

 

After the Treetop Canopy Tour we drove to Port Elizabeth (2 hour drive) where I unfortunately had to say goodbye to these fabulous 4 ladies as they stayed over for the night in PE so as to be able to travel to Durban the next day.


 

This foursome of Aussie ladies made for an absolutely fantastic tour for me. Just the number of pictures on this website (80) tells a story in its own. J   We had an absolutely amazing time together. The foursome just went with the flow and because of this all turned out to be fantastic. We all had a wonderful time together, learnt a lot from each other and shared so much in general. It is simply impossible to try and explain how wonderful a time we had so let me say it as best I can by saying that to me this tour was simply

AWESOME  AWESOME AWESOME!!

 

Thanks for all Sheryl, Grace, Rhonda and Bev.

Another big thanks for your support with the education of a young child from Kayamandi.


Received 21 July 2007

Hi Selwyn,

We would all like to thank you for a Super 5 days , You shared your knowledge and expertise in a way no one else could.

You managed all our different personalities and made us all very happy and relaxed. You certainly live in a beautiful part of the world and I will do my best to spread the word.

After you left we felt like we had been kicked out of the nest and had to fend for ourselves. Just kidding although we did have a few good laughs after we left you, when things were'nt going quite right, we would say if Selwyn was here he would have this sorted out by now. We toured the rest of South Africa without a hitch. Mum climbed the Drakensberg mountain up to The Giants Castle with us and she also enjoyed the elephant ride at Victoria Falls. The falls were awesome both from the air and the ground. Unfortunately by the time we got to the falls Rhonda had done so much shopping she lost track of how many bags she should have picked up from the airport and left one behind. By the time she realized it was missing and I tracked it down It had been broken in too and her jewelry stolen. We all consoled her and her travel insurance will cover it. 

All in all it was a great experience and more than I ever imagined. I am so glad I had the chance to do it with mum while she is so well. I have you to thank for that , for reassuring things would be fine and to bring mum along The game park we stayed at in Sabi Sands was called Inyati (simply beautiful). I was lucky enough to meet the owner while he was visiting and he said if I bring mum back when she is 90 he will give her a free holiday. Lets hope she makes it. I told her I hope to bring Ron my hubby back before then I just have to work out a better way of flying home. Mum, Rhonda and I all had a few lay-overs and the journey home took 38 hrs. I now know how a sardine fells . Lucky Bev. flew first class and home in 15hrs.

Once again thanks heaps

Your friend Sheryl

Looking forward to the arrangement for a little one at Kayamandi in November

P S all the best with the coming award . Your the winner in our eyes.

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