Peter and Simon Hamilton

Edmonton - Canada

8 December 2006

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I met Peter and Simon (father and son) at the Breakwater Lodge and transferred them to Avanti Guesthouse. After becoming acquainted (which certainly was very easy to do with this duo) J we started out on a Winelands tour/township visit.


Simon and Peter at Plattekloof with Cape Town in the background


At the Afrikaans Language monument



We had a wonderful cheese lunch at Cotage Fromage


We moved on to the township of Kayamandi where the following pictures were taken



With the Masakhane dancers at the Ikamva Lethu Centre


Vivi says "Lets dance Dr.Hamilton!" J


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We visited Lily in her Kayamandi home where she told us her life story

The inimitable Lily!



Peter and Lily


With Lily, her family and friends in Lily's home


Having fun in Nosandile's shack home







Meeting up with friends in Zone J, Kayamandi




Please click here to see Peter and Simon in the St.Pauls Church in Kayamandi
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After our visit to Kayamandi we returned home to Cape Town and visited the Africa Cafe for an amazing African meal and experience

Day 2

Peninsula tour


We started our day with a visit to the Kalk Bay harbour where I took the above picture of Peter and Simon with a local fisherwoman


In Kalkies restaurant


Outside Kalkies where we had a great fish and chips lunch


With Just Nuisance in Simonstown


At the penguin colony at Boulders Beach



At Cape Point



At the most south western point of Africa


On Chapmans Peak


Simon saying "goodbye cruel world" at Chapmans Peak J

After returning to Avanti we moved on to the Cattle Baron Restaurant for a great steak dinner

Day 3

Drive to the Wilderness


We started our 500 Km drive to the Wilderness by stopping in at the Peregrine farm stall near Caledon


In Swellendam in front of the Dutch Reformed Church


Simon relaxing on the balcony of Great White guesthouse in the Wilderness where we overnighted.


The evening view from the Great White guesthouse balcony


With our waiter outside of CC's in the Wilderness where we had dinner.


Day 4

Botlierskop, Wilderness, Sedgefield and Knysna



A morning picture of Peter and Simon taken from the lounge of the Great White guesthouse


We traveled to Botlierskop game reserve where Peter and Simon went on a safari.


Safari pictures






Simon caught this amazing picture of a giraffe sticking out his tongue by shooting the picture through his binoculars


We stopped in to watch the paragliders at the Map of Africa


At the Map of Africa in the Wilderness


Simon contemplates 18 jumbo oysters at the Oyster factory in Knysna J


At the Knysna Heads


After checking in at Overmeer we visited The Red Square for a great dinner.


Day 5

Plettenberg Bay, Natures Valley, Treetops and Tsitsikamma


We stopped in at Plettenberg Bay


I took this picture of father and son in Natures Valley


Simon and Peter then went on the Treetop Canopy tour in the Tsitsikamma forest. The pictures below depict the experience














At the highest bungy jump in the world viz. The Bloukrans Bridge - Nobody volunteered to jump!  J


Peter, Simon, Dell and Shawn from Firefly restaurant where we dined in the evening


Day 6

Travel to Oudtshoorn, Cango Caves and Mooiplaas


A last picture at Overmeer with the Knysna lagoon in the background


At the small round church on Belvedere


Simon enjoys the feel of elephant dung at the Scarab paper factory JJ


Watching how paper is made from Elephant dung at Scarab in Sedgefield


Simon in the Cango Caves


Peter in the Cango Caves


Seen in the Cango Caves


Please click on the above picture to see Simon doing a zipslide at the Cango fun park
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Please click on the above picture to see Peter doing a zipslide at the Cango fun park
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Simon having fun on a swing in the Cango fun park


A funny sign seen at the Cango fun park JJ


Simon relaxing at our place of stay in the Karroo viz. Mooiplaas


Peter relaxing at the Mooiplaas pool.


Enjoying an ostrich barbecue dinner with some of the other guests at Mooiplaas


Day 7

Swartberge and Meiringspoort


We started the day with a tour of the Mooiplaas ostrich farm which was conducted by Koos the guesthouse manager


We moved onto the Swartberg Mountains where the photos below were taken

We found that my previous Canadian tourgroup's Inukshuk had fallen over so as proud Canadians Simon and Peter proudly rebuilt an Inukshuk

The pride of Canada!!


Where is Simon in the picture above?



Simon appears JJ


Atop of the Swartberge



In the valley at the base of the Swartberge


Simon displays his Coke bottle of pure mountain river water.


On the typical Karroo golf course of Prince Alfred



In the museum at Prince Alfred


Please click on the above picture to see Simon enjoying the Meiringspoort waterfall
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Please click on the above picture to see Peter and Simon enjoying the Meiringspoort waterfall
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Simon enjoying the Meiringspoort waterfall

Another Inukshuk was left behind for Canadian visitors to see at the Meiringspoort waterfall



We had a wonderful dinner at Jemimas to end off our stay in Oudtshoorn


Day 8


Outeniqua Powervan

George airport


Simon doing sabrage on the Mooiplaas lawns


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In the Powervan at the George Railway museum 

Travelling and touring with Peter and Simon was an absolute dream come true in terms of finding the perfect visitors. We had so much fun together while we explored the Cape Town and Garden Rolute region. We shared and enjoyed so much while we were in each others company and what was so important was that we also learnt so much from each other. This whole journey was a wonderful experience that is going to be very difficult to forget as it was so memorable as far as I, as well as I hope Peter and Simon, were concerned.




Another BIG THANK YOU to you for your wonderful and generous donation in support of the kids of Kayamandi

Received 26 January 2006


As usual I am very slow to reply. As I sit here I am listening to
awesome jazz from a CD I bought in Capetown. The sound is inspiring and
uplifting yet it originates from Soweto in the 50's and 60's during the
height of the evils of apartheid. To think that someone could make such
beautiful music in the midst of all that sadness is a testimony to the
human spirit.

We had an awesome visit and for Simon and me the highlight of
our extended journey was the trip we did with you. For me it was like
going on a journey with a close friend. On top of that the trip to
Kayamandi was, as Simon says awesome, the cherry on top. I was truly
humbled by the graceful and inspiring people that I met. To see such
dignity and positive energy amongst the squalor was the one of the most
moving experiences of my life. The energy and joy expressed by all those
desperately poor children was something to behold. I learned a lot that
day. Having been there I desperately want South Africa to succeed.
The other awesome experience was the joy, friendliness and
absence of resentment on the behalf the black population towards their
white ex-oppressors. Ubuntu! Disappointing was the apparent lack of
contrition on the behalf of most of the whites I met. They seem to move
around in their walled palaces, eWalli, pretending that apartheid never
happened and if it did someone else was to blame. I even started hearing
apologists defending the legacy of apartheid and claiming that the
"whites were also victims". 

How can you forgive someone that refuses to be forgiven? Can you have reconciliation without atonement? I hang my head in shame as I stood idly by and let it all happen.

In closing I want to thank you for the camaraderie and all the joyous moments you created for us. Your boundless energy and knowledge
for a land that you love was exhilarating. The compassion and genuine
concern you showed towards you poorer off fellow citizens was
impressive. South Africa needs people like you to sow the seeds of
reconciliation and to help bring the new South Africa to fruition.
A special thank you for being so good to my son Simon.


Peter Hamilton.