Yaron & Darly Hod
Eran & Gilit Pri-el

Omer and Oranit - Israel

14 October 2005

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I met this foursome at the Port Elizabeth airport at 18h40. My introduction to this foursome was via Darly's uncle and aunt viz. Modi and Miri Goldenfeld who toured with in  April 2005.  After becoming acquainted we moved on to our place of stay viz. Lemon Tree Lane. After unpacking at Lemon Tree Lane we visited Whickerwoods restaurant where we had an absolutely splendid meal to start off our tour of the Garden Route.


Yaron, Darly, Gilit and Eran enjoying our meal at Whickerwoods


Darly and Gilit enjoying their first Don Pedros


When we returned to Lemon Tree Lane we closed off the evening, as we did on every evening, in the traditional way of having a shot of mampoer (local moonshine)


Day 2

Addo and Schotia Game park


On this day the foursome went to Addo Elephant Park as well as to Schotia Game Farm in the company of Renier an Addo game Ranger and Scott the Schotia game ranger. I stayed behind in Port Elizabeth to have a repair done to the starter motor of my vehicle which gave me trouble while travelling down to Port Elizabeth.

Below are some of the animals that were seen on Addo


A male Kudu


Many elephants


The whole safari tourgroup


Scott the game ranger on Schotia next to an anthill on the farm.


Getting ready to go on safari


Yaron welcoming all to the bush toilet. JJ


Darly and Gilit at the halfway break while on safari


It rained slightly while on safari as can be seen by the rain protections that all are wearing











The king of the jungle as seen on the Schotia nightdrive


Day 3

Treetops and travel to Knysna


We started our day with an early morning breakfast at Lemon Tree Lane


Being briefed by Marius before the treetop safari


Kitting up with Lily the safety guide for the day



Raring to go!!


They're off to fly in the trees!!!


Darly - Ace treetop flyer. JJ


Gilit - The Treetop flying lover. JJ



Hang in there Eran  JJ


Yaron - Treetop flying attorney.  JJ


Gilit having fun. JJ


The Israeli treetop flying team.  JJ


On the treetop bridge


With the balance of the group on the treetop safari (ladies who came from George) 


With Marius and Lily the treetop guides for the day


At the river flanking Natures Valley.


Having fun on the Natures Valley Beach


Trying desperately to spell the letters Y D E and G on Natures Valley Beach  JJ


Whale watching in Plettenberg Bay


At the lookout beacon in Plettenberg Bay


Having coffee at the Plettenberg Hotel


In the evening we had an amazing meal at Firefly restaurant in Knysna where Dell, Firefly's wonderful  owner, joining the foursome for the above photo.


We ended the evening with a shot of strawberry mampoer on the balcony of Overmeer Guesthouse.

Day 4



Enjoying breakfast and the wonderful view at Overmeer.
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We started our day by visiting the Belvedere Estate.

The foursome with Knysna in the background


On Brenton on Sea's beach


The ladies on the beach


The foursome finish the 6 Km beach walk


Cleaning up



We visited the Scarab paper factory in Sedgefield


Enjoying Oysters at the Knysna Oyster factory


Darly displays amazing oyster concentration  JJ



What a fish platter!  JJ


Darly about to lose her Don Pedro.   JJ


At the Knysna Heads



Leaving the Knysna Heads



In the evening we had dinner at La Loerie

We ended the evening with a shot of Van der Hum mampoer on the balcony of Overmeer Guesthouse.

Day 5

 Botlierskop and Cape Vaccas


On this day we travelled to Botlierskop Game Farm near Mossel Bay for a quad bike game drive and thereafter travelled on to Cape Vaccas.




Getting ready to quad in the bush with Roddy who was the foursome's ranger for the day


Start your engines!  J J


Doing a practice run on the quads

Viewing game on the drive


Some of the many animal friends that were seen along the way.


Yaron could not hold out along the way - Look at the impala antelope in the background laughing at him. J J


Returning from the ride


The happy fivesome.


We had lunch at the game farm and took this picture in their lounge area


Relaxing after lunch.


Man that game drive was hard work!  J J J J


Dinner in the cottage at Cape Vaccas


Dinner pictures at Cape Vaccas


Day 6

 Travel to Hermanus and on to Cathbert (450km)


We stopped in at the Gouritz River bridge where after a bit of backward and forwarding Eran and Yaron decided to bungi jump off the bridge.


Eran prepares to jump


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Yaron says his prayers before jumping off the bridge J J


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We stopped in at the Riviersonderend butchery along the way to Cathbert to buy biltong


We travelled via Hermanus where the above picture was taken so as to see the whales in Walker Bay


After numerous whale sitings we left the main viewing parking area


Eran really getting stuck into a sandwich while having a late lunch in Hermanus 


We gave Eran a surprise 40th birthday party at Cathbert as can be seen from the above and following pictures and video 



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Gilit and Darly enjoying rooibos tea after a wonderful meal at Cathbert


Eran savoring his birthday wine.  J J



Day 7

Winelands and Kayamandi


The foursome returning to their Cathbert rooms after breakfast


We left Cathbert to go to the Afrikaans language monument where we went through the history of South Africa




We stopped in for coffee and a taste of Aunt Tillies beetroot at Cotage Frromage



We stopped in at Kayamandi to visit the local creche as well as the Prochorus bead factory where I took the above picture of Darly


Yaron, Darly and Gilit looking at the bed jewelery at Prochorus


We stopped in at Middelvlei for a winetasting. In the above picture we se Darly showing us how to mouth-oxygenate wine 


Feeding the goats whop stand on tortoises at Middelvlei


In the Middelvlei cellars



We stopped in at the Olive Deli in Stellenbosch for a late lunch


We returned to Kayamandi and were entertained by the Masakane dancers in the Ikamva Lethu centre


We stopped in at Lily where we met her family inclusive of grand-daughter Zezo seen in the above picture


Sharing in a church service in Kayamandi


Eran having fun with some of the many kids we met in Kayamandi


We travelled back to Franschhoek where we had a wonderful final dinner together at Bon Vivant restaurant



Day 7

Drive to Cape Town

The next pictures taken at Cathbert before we left for Cape Town all speak for themselves. JJ











Our last photo taken at Cathbert before we left for Craigrownie guesthouse in Cape Town where we ended our fabulous tour.

Yaron, Darly, Eran and Gilit were an amazing foursome to travel with. They put their total trust in me and this resulted in us having a wonderful time as they just went with the flow day after day. We shared so many wonderful experiences together and overall I can only hope that the foursome enjoyed their journey as much as I did. At all times on this tour it felt as if we were one happy family travelling through the Garden Route together. This truly was an outstanding tour mainly because of the foursome being some easy going folk to tourguide through the Garden Route. All in all a really HOT tour even though we never ever found "Philip". (Private joke that only the foursome and I would understand. J J.  A huge huge thanks goes to Modi and Miri (whose names came up so many times on this tour)  for making the wonderful introduction to me of this great foursome.