Enza Gucciardi

Vaughn Marshall

Jason Gonsalves

Toronto - Canada

25 November  2006

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I met this trio on early Sunday morning (25th) at the Pinelands Courtyard Hotel where they overnighted after arriving in Cape Town very late the night before. After we became acquainted we set off on our Garden Route tour.

 

 

Having lunch at Le Belle Alliance in Swellendam

 

Toasting to a great tour while having dinner outside on the balcony of the Cape Vaccas cottage

 


 

DAY 2

Travel to Knysna.

 

Vaughn enjoying the morning view from the Cape Vaccas cottage

 

Jay, Vaughn and Enza enjoying Cape Vaccas

 

Jay, Vaughn and myself at Cape Vaccas

 

 

On the Diaz caravelle in the Diaz museum in Mossel Bay

 

On the balcony of the Diaz museum

 

The trio enjoying Klein Kranz just outside the Wilderness

 

 

Outside Botha and Barnard where we saw how all the local woods are used for furniture making.

 

We had a light lunch at 34 Degrees South

 

Jay nearly missed being in this picture. JJ

 

After a long day of driving and sightseeing Vaughn picked up some sleep in his Overmeer guesthouse room JJ

 

 

Enza enjoying her starter meal at Lush restaurant in Knysna

 

 

Jay enjoys his dessert at Lush


 

DAY 2

Travel to Brenton on Sea and Knysna.

 

We started our day at 07h00 with a 6Km walk from Brenton on Sea to Buffalo Bay beach.  The pictures below tell the whole beach walk story

 

 

 

 

 

Arriving at Buffalo Bay after the walk

 

Please click on the above picture to see Enza, Vaughn and Jay swimming at Buffalo Bay Beach
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Footwashing before returning to our vehicle

 

 

Having fun at the Knysna Heads

 

 

 

 

Enza saying "look mom I'm eating oysters at the Knysna Oyster Factory". JJ

 

In the evening we went to Firefly restaurant for a great dinner with Dell and Sanchia


 

DAY 3

Travel to Port Elizabeth via Treetop Canopy tour

 

We stopped in at Plettenberg Bay where I took this picture of the trio with Beacon Island Beach in the background

 

In the Natures Valley Forest

 

Having fun on Natures Valley Beach

 

 

 

 

We moved on  to the Tstikamma Adventure center where the trio went on the Treetops Canopy Safari. The below pictures were taken by Dylan barring then last one in the set.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the Treetop Safari with guides Dylan and Isa

 

Dinner at Whickerwoods.


DAY 4

Safari at Addo and Schotia

 

On this day the trio joined Ed, a ranger from Schotia Safaris, on a safari ride in Addo Elephant Park as well as on Schotia Game Farm.

 

 

Guess what Vaughn and Jay are looking at on Addo??

 

JJJ

 

 

With Ed on Addo

 

With Ed and Nick on Schotia

 

Look at the lion in the background of this photo of Enza and Vaughn

 

Sitting around the campfire at Schotia

 

Some of the animals seen on the day

Rhino

 

Red Hartebeest

 

Giraffe

 

Lion

 

Elephants


DAY 5

Travel to Oudtshoorn

 

We stopped at Jeffreys Bay where the trio enjoyed a great swim in the wonderful waters of the Indian Ocean.

 

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This is the life!. JJ

 

 

 

At Bloukrans Bridge where we watched the bungi jumpers doing their 216 Meter jump

 

We stopped at "Margaret's spot" in the Wilderness where I sent the trio on a hike down to the sea

 

Having fun on the Wilderness Beach

 

 

 

J E V disappears  JJ

 

Dinner at Jemimas in Oudtshoorn


DAY 6

Cango Caves and Swartberge

 

In the Cango caves

 

Vaughn preparing to do a zipslide at the Cango Ranch

 

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Please click on the above picture to see Jason zipsliding at the Cango Ranch
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Enza meets a spreadeagled peacock at the Cango Ranch

 

We ascended the Swartberg Mountains and took the pictures below

 

 

 

Building an inukshuk

 

The Canadians make their inukshuk mark on the Swartberg Mountains. JJ

 

 

At the bottom of the mountain range

 

 

We had lunch at the Koggelmander (Lizard) restaurant in Prince Albert

 

The above comes from the Koggelmander Restaurant menu in Prince Albert and just shows how things work in the Karroo regions. JJ

 

We stopped at the waterfall in Meiringspoort along the way back to Oudtshoorn

 

 

 

Jay takes a break. JJ

 

Enza enjoys a quiet moment in one of the waterfall pools

We had dinner at Kalinkas restaurant in Oudtshoorn


DAY 7

Ostrich farm

Travel back to Cape Town

 

The trio started their day by going on the Mooiplaas ostrich farm with Koos as their guide. AS can be seen from the pictures they had a great time.

 

 

 

After the ostrich tour we set out back to Cape Town. In waht was very windy conditions we travelled via Calitzdorp,  Ladismith,  Barrydale (where we had some great sloppy chips),  Montagu, Robertston and eventually Cape Town

 

We stopped for lunch at Robertson where Enza was not to sure of how vegetarian her vegetarian burger was.

 

On arrival in Cape Tow we went to 86 Waterkant Street where the trio would be staying for the next 4 days. Thereafter we went down to the Cape Town international convention centre where Enza had to register for the Diabetes conference she was attending. It was here that I bid farewell to this wonderful trio

 

This photo is how I want to remember this proud Canadian trio who were so keen to leave their Canadian inukshuk mark on the Swartberg Mountains!

 


This Canadian trio were an absolute delight to tour with. They were very easy going and just took all in at their own speed as we travelled through the wonderful Garden Route region. We shared much and had lots of fun together which resulted in a fantastic journey for all of us. What will stay with me about this tour was our nightly rituals of a shooter glass of mampoer as this was always a wonderful way to recap the day and enjoy a story or two about  some of the unique experiences that my country offers its visitors. Overall the only way I can describe this tour is to that is what an awesome ride through a great part of South Africa with a fantastic trio of Canadian visitors!

 

THANKS FOR YOUR GREAT COMPANY

ENZA, VAUGHN AND JAY


Received 9- December-2006

 

Hi Selwyn,

Thanks to you as well for all your help and advice. We had an excellent time and would recommend your tours to anyone. Our family also loved the web site and were watching the whole time.

Take Care,
Vaughn & Enza

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