Steve Hopkins & Sylvia McMeen 

Anguilla, British West Indies

26 January 2008

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I met Steve and Sylvia at CV after Daan van Rensburg had met them at the George airport after my Combi had broken down in Riviersonderend while I was travelling to George. We became aquainted very quickly and sat down to wonderful fish dinner which was prepared for us by Katrien and Pieter.



Day 2

CV to Knysna


Steve and Sylvia at the CV cottage


Sylvia, Daan and Steve at CV


We stopped in at the Map of Africa in the Wilderness on our way to Knysna


Enjoying oysters at the Oyster Factory in Knysna



After booking in at Overmeer Guesthouse we joined Dell for a wonderful meal at Firefly restaurant

Day 3

Plettenberg Bay,  Old Nicks,  Aljes,  Bloukrans and The Heads



Sylvia and Steve at Plettenbertg Bay


Shopping at Old Nicks outside of Plettenberg Bay



We found an amazing place for a cheese lnch called "Fynboshoek Cheese"
In the above picture we see Steve, Boela the local Rhodesian Ridgeback and Sylvia enjoying lunch


At the Bloukrans Bridge where we watched the bungy jumpers


At the Knysna Heads



Sylvia striding out at the Knysna Heads



Sylvia and Steve enjoying the Knysna Heads


After a short rest we joined Desiree for a great meal at Zest Restaurant


Day 3

Knysna to Cathbert



We left Knysna and travelled to Cathbert Country Inn. 
En route we first stopped in at the Scarab papermaking factory where Steve and Sylvia had some good laughts at some postcards in the factory shop


We stopped in at Botha and Barnard to see some of the lcoal furniture that was manufactured in the regionc


Sylvia shopping at the Alo Factory shop in Albertinia


Steve enjoying bobotie at La Belle Alliance in Swellendam


Sylvia helping herself to Steve's bobotie


Steve and myself at La Belle Alliance


Sylvia and Steve after enjoying Anne's great dinner at Cathbert which we enjoyed under the stars.


Day 4

Winelands and Kayamandi

At the Old Corkscrew in Franschhoek


A fun picture of Sylvia at the Old Corkscrew JJ


We stopped in for lunch at The Lucky Store in Idas Valley - Stellenbosch


With Lily in her Kayamandi home


With Thembekazi, Pienkie and their kids at the Ikamva Lethu Centre in Kayamandi


Having fun with the kids in Kayamandi




Enjoying a choir practice in Kayamandi.

After our journey to Kayamandi we visited the local Stellenbosch Spurs restaurant where we had a steak dinner before leaving to return to Cape Town.



Day 5

Drive to Cape Town and Table Mountain


We started our day with a journey up Table Mountain



In the cablecar descending from Table Mountain


After booking into David's guesthouse we moved on to Gold Restaurant for a fabulous African dinner


Day 6

Cape Peninsula


We stopped in at The Potters Way in Kalk Bay


Meeting "Just Nuisance" in Simonstown



At the penguin colony on Boulders Beach


Sylvia meets the baboons on the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve




At Cape Point


Having a late lunch at the Cape Farmhouse where it can be seen that the wind was blowing. JJ


We ended our day with a drive over Chapmans Peak and through Camps Bay. In Green Point we pickup some take-out dinner from Giovannis Deli whereafter we made our away back to Davids where we had to all bid each other a sad farewell.


Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant is the best way that I can describe touring with Sylvia and Steve. This couple were wonderful, generous folk and as a tourguide my feelings were that they were the greatest to tour with. No matter what happened to us we were always having a wonderful experience wherever we went. Whether the car was giving trouble or we endured slight rain Steve and Sylvia somehow always found something positive in the experience and this just made travelling with them such an incredible experience. What a wonderful tour which most certainly is going to go down as one of the big ones for me to remember. In summary all I can say is what a brilliant experience our journey was for us all.




Received 6 February 2007


Dear Selwyn,

I have just read your message after calling you. I had planned to email you last Friday night, but we lost power and I never got to the computer after packing. What you said to us is to be returned double fold! We had such a special time with you, not just seeing the Garden Route to Cape Town, but sharing as you said in your life and sharing ours with you. We both felt a loss as we traveled to Namibia and Stephen has continued to talk to others about you and how wonderful the time was. He has told all of the people we met at the two camps (UK and German) how special it was to be with you at Kayamandi. It is hard to describe the totality of the pleasure of our time together; it was for sure very personal and special.  Steve may not come back this way again, but I shall, God spare life, as they say in Anguilla.

We will be in touch as time works out; but you will be with us forever! I know that you don't want people to just toss you money for the kids in Kayamandi, but from me, should you need something special, I would love to be someone you feel free to contact. Maybe seeing the kids and seeing the faces makes me want to do whatever I can.

Love Sylvia