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
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
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
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
"Giraffing" on Botlierskop
Taking a break while on safari
Sheryl with some bontebok in the background
Bev with wildebeest in the background
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
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.
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
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.