Yaron, Darly, Ophir, Aviv and Hadar Hod

Omer - Israel

25 March 2010

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Arrival in Port Elizabeth

 

After arriving in PE the Hod family moved onto Lemon Tree Lane where they would be staying for the next 2 nights

 

Hadar, Ophir and Aviv at the Lemon Tree Lane swimming pool

 

Enjoying a late lunch at Lemon Tree Lane

 

Twins at the pool. JJ

 

Darly and Yaron's room became the family room 

 

Darly and Yaron enjoying dinner at Whickerwoods

 

Pictures taken at dinner at Whickerwoods

 

 

Everyone was tired after a great meal. J


 

Day 2

Schotia and Addo

 

This was a BIG safari day for the family

 

Elephants at Addo

 

Male lion at Addo

 

Baby elephants playing at Addo

 

Warthog

 

Enjoying the shade of a wonderful tree at Addo

 

At the entrance to Addo with two elephant skeleton heads

 

In the 4 * 4 on Schotia

 

Lion at Schotia

 

 

Impala

 

Wildebeest

 

Zebra

 

Wildebeest herd

 

Giraffe

 

Enjoying a tea break on Schotia

 

Aviv raring to go

 

 

Pictures taken on Schotia

 

 

Female Kudu

Rhinos mudding it out

 

Blesbok

 

Rhinos in close proximity

 

Male lion at night


 

Day 3

Treetop Canopy Tour
Bloukrans Bridge
Bramon
Plett Puzzle Park

 

 

The Hod family before leaving Lemon Tree Lane

 

Being briefed or the Treetop Canopy Tour by Doane

 

Aviv marks her Israeli spot as some who has done the canopy tour

 

Doane and Lianco kit Ophir up for her canopy tour

 

All set to go!

 

Darly kits up

 

The Hod flying family

 

All set to fly!

 


Pictures taken on the canopy tour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the Bloukrans Bridge

 

Aviv sowing why she could not bungy jump off the bridge

 

Enjoying a tapas lunch at Bramon wine farm

 

Oogling choclates

 

 

 

Setting up the internet at Overmeer

 

Sunset pictures in Knysna

 

 

Triple drinks at the Ocean Basket in Knysna

 

Hadar grows a moustache. J

 

The Hod family outside the Ocean basket


Day 4

Brenton on sea
Yacht Ride
The Heads
Firefly

 

We started our day with a 6km walk across the Brenton on sea beach

The Hod family getting ready to do the Brenton walk as seen in the background

 

The Hods looking rather small on the Brenton beach

 

 

Arriving back from the walk at Buffalo Bay

 

After our walk on Brenton we travelled to the Knysna harbour where we went on a yacht cruise on the Knysna Estuary as well as we were lucky enough to go through the Knysna Heads

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Returning back to the estuary from the seaside with the Heads in the background

 

Slightly seasick on board  JJ

 

The yacht going through the Heads

 

Once back on land all was well and nobody was seasick anymore. JJ

 

Shopping at the African Attitude shop in the Knysna Waterfront

 

 

On top of the Knysna Heads

 

Walking on The Heads

 

Dinner at Firefly


Day 5

Botlierskop
Cape Vaccas

 

Playing with the Labradors (Mowgli and Nemo) at Overmeer before moving on to Botlierskop

 

We went on safari on Botlierskop and saw many animals on the ride with our ranger Ryan

 

Twins and Rhinos

 

Rhino's and Wildebeest

 

Wildebeest ahead

 

Ahoy Giraffes!

 

Bontebok

 

Bontebok

 

Waterbuck in the background

 

A rare herd of buffalo

 

Waterbuck

 

Elephants

 

 

It seems as if this elephant was going to charge Ophir. JJ

 

 

 

Lunch at Botlierskop

 

Aviv and Hadar in their sleeping place for the next two nights at Cape Vaccas

 

In the evening the Hods phoned home using Skype to speak to family in Israel whereafter we had a short seder and a wonderful dinner cooked by Katriena from Cape Vaccas.


Day 6

Cape Vaccas

Lunch at Cape Vaccas
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Swimming on the Cape Vaccas Beach with our cottage in the background

 

 

 

 

 

 

Playing "film star film star"! JJ

 

Fish dinner at Cape Vaccas


Day 7

Travel to De Kraal - Franschhoek

 

 

 

On our way to Franschhoek we met these ostriches

 

At Affie Plaas (Off the farm) where we had lunch

 

 

After arriving at De Kraal we travelled back to Franschhoek where we had dinner at French Connection


Day 8

Stellenbosch
Kayamandi
Cape Town

We took these pictures at De Kraal, where we over-nighted, before leaving fro Stellenbosch

 

 

Lunch at the Tokara deliCATessen

 

Having fun at Tokara

 

 

Akhat,  shta'im,  shalosh.....3 .Hods in a row. JJ

 

After doing a short tour of Stellenbosch we moved onto Kayamandi (Home sweet home) where we visited the Ikamva Lethu Centre (Our Future centre) 

 

 

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We travelled through Kayamandi and then moved onto Zone J where the below pictures were taken.

 

 

 

 

 

Handing out apples in exchange for trash

 

 

Sharp!!!

 

We left Kayamandi and moved onto Cape Town airport where we collected a car that the Hods were hiring for the next week. Thereafter we moved onto FlatRock where the Hods were staying while in Cape Town.

 


Wednesday - 7 April 2010

Our last night together  L

Dinner at Millers Thumb

 

With Hilton and Pearl Gischen at Millers Thumb restaurant on our last evening together.

 


The Hods were an amazing and fabulous family to travel with. The way that I want to remember them is by the pictures that follow. All these photos typify their character as a family so well in that they stand together as one very tight and happy unit no matter what adversity they face. Oh they were so wonderful to show around the Garden Route and Cape Winelands. The girls were an absolute delight while Yaron and Darly added so much warmth as well as amazing and intelligent perspective to our tour.  All in all an incredibly memorable time was had by all and it was really very hard for me to say goodbye to this wonderful family at their Cape Town apartment on our last night together.

THANK YOU SO VERY, VERY, VERY MUCH FOR MAKING YOUR TOUR SO WONDERFUL FOR ME
YARON, DARLY, OPHIR, HADAR & AVIV

 


HOW I WANT TO REMEMBER THE WONDERFUL HOD FAMILY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and finally

 


Received 14 April 2010

To Our Dearest and Beloved Selwyn,

We arrived home on Friday morning totally tired and drained out from our
wonderful trip to your magnificent county, a time we will never forget. We
have returned to the routine of our lives be it work or back to school both
of which are totally demanding. The many sculptors and the pieces of
furniture which we collected on our travels have now been scattered
throughout our home, constantly reminding us of the views, sounds and sights
of our tantalizing experiences we shared.

With great warmth, joy and enthusiasm we read your email and revisited the
photo album, a vivid collection, of moments and happenings of our holiday in
sunny South Africa. Even though this trip is our second and similar to the
first, which we did 5 years back, it was your deep understanding and
knowledge on the varying subjects, areas, history and cultural of the
peoples of your country; as well as your constant attention and devotion you
showered on us coupled with a sincere friendship that made the difference.
We will not forget the yacht trip we had while sailing out towards the
ocean while passing the "HEADS"- it was an experience out of the ordinary a
moment in time to remember for always, as was our stay in the C.V.- a
dream. Of course, this is not forgetting our daily encounters with views,
experiences and of course the good cuisine ,which you so graciously saw
to. This was a trip, which is and will be engraved in our mind's eye and
deep memory for a life time, to you a heartfelt thanks.

You, our dear Selwyn are a dear, good and loving Jew, who knows and
understands how to care for your travellers with a full, good and most
sincere heart. You are a most interesting person to spend time with, full of
humor, knowledge and interest in the world around you- loving, funny and
caring. The time we spent with you as a family was a time we will not
forget and needless to say you have enriched us greatly in many walks of
life. It is, therefore, not surprising that Ophir, Aviv and Hadar were
overwhelmed by your spirit and personality and even "fell in love" and
regard you as one of their own family. As a result on leaving and
returning back home, the parting at Flat Rock was difficult for them as well
as for us.

14 Apr. 2010

Dit is jou verjaarsdag en ons hoop dat alles is goed. Baie gesondheid en geluk J

Just look after yourself and please cut down on the chocolate flakes in the
ice cream and Cola J.  May G-d bless you with a full, happy and healthy life
and may your dreams be fulfilled.

We hope that Betty is feeling much better and that she has returned to a
full and active life. If ever in the future you intend to visit our
magnificent country we will be honored and delighted to host you.

With warm hugs kisses and deep affection.

The Hod family- Darly, Yaron, Ophir, Aviv and Hadar.

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