Howard, Susie and Eric Hyman

Atlanta - Georgia - USA

22 February 2005

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Howard and Susie were visiting Cape Town with their whole family so as to be present at a family wedding.  I knew most of the family from past tours and hence it was wonderful to meet everybody once again before Howard, Susie and I set off  on a Cape Peninsula tour.


Howard and Susie with Muizenberg in the background



We had a lovely brunch of local foods at the Money Tree Cafe. We even got Howard to enjoy fishcakes and smoor.


Susie with some African Jackass penguin friends at the penguin colony at Boulders Beach


Howard and Susie at the penguin colony


Susie and Howard at Cape Point


Having fun with the Chacma baboons on the Cape of Good Hope Reserve



Chapmans Peak fun. JJ


We returned to Camps bay and picked up the whole family staying in Camps bay viz Solly, Cissy, Avril, Stan, Jason and Cindy and made our way to the Africa Cafe for dinner

Avril with Tana at the Africa Cafe


Howard, Avril, Cissy, Sol, Stan,Cindy, Jason and Susie after having enjoyed the feast at the Africa Cafe


Day 2

23 February 2005

Cape Winelands

On our second day Jason and Cindy (Howard and Susie's children) joined us on our Winelands tour.

Cindy, Jason, Susie and Howard with the whole of the great Cape Town region in the background.



"C'mon dad that enough photos already!"  JJ


Hyman x 2 JJ at the Afrikaans language monument


Jason, Cindy, Susie and Howard with the Plasier de Merle vineayrds in the background. This photo was taken at Vrede en Lust where the wedding of Darren and Robin, that all came to Cape Town for would be held on the forthcoming Sunday 



Lunch at Cotage Fromage 


After lunch we did a short tour of Stellenbosch and then moved on for a wine experience to Middelvlei winefarm. 

Enjoying the harvest at Middelvlei winefarm


Howard meets some friends on Middelvlei farm  JJ


Tinta, the Great Dane on Middelvlei and Susie in some serious conversation. JJ


Tinta giving Howard the once over!

After our visit to Middlevlei we moved on to Kayamandi. 

With Nozandile and Mzwake in front of Nozandile' shack home.



Fun with the kids in Kayamandi



"Who cares about this man holding me called Howard, I want my apple!" JJ

We travelled home to Cape Town after our Kayamandi visit and arrived back in Camps Bay at 20h15

Day 3

Monday 28 February

Drive to Cape Vaccas


I collected Howard , Susie and Eric (son) at their house in Camps Bay and we set off on our Garden Route tour.

We stopped at an Engen Petrol stop for coffee just outside Somerset West as well as at Peregrine Farm stall in Grabouw where we bought some wonderful freshly pressed apple juice.

We moved on to Swellendam weher we stoppoed in at Belle Alliance for lunch. It was at this reatsuarnt where Avril Joffe called us so as to tell Howard and Susie what the sex was of their first expectant grandchild after a scan had been done on their daughter in law Cindy. I cant mention the sex on this page as Eric wants to stay in the dark on this one. JJ

Having lunch at Belle Alliance


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We stopped in at the Ou Wapad (Old wagon road) antique shop in Swellendam

After Swellendam experience we moved on to Cape Vaccas where after settling in we had a wonderful dinner cooked for us by Katriena whereafter we all had an early night.

Day 4

Tuesday 1 March 2004

Drive to Knysna

We started our morning by leaving Cape Vaccas rather latish. Before we left we took the below photos at the fantastic hidden cottage retreat near Mossel Bay.


Eric, Susie and Howard at Cape Vaccas


A panoramic picture of the threesome in front of their cottage.
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Eric at his favourite Cape Vaccas signpost.

On our way to Knysna we found all the below ostriches in an ostrich compound so we went over to say "hello"



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Eric posting mail at the "old post office" in Mossel Bay

Howard and Eric are dwarfed by Batholomew Diaz's caravel in the Mossel Bay Diaz Museum

On Diaz's Caravel.


The picture says it all. JJ


Watching the parasailers at the Map of Africa viewpoint


Hello Delaney JJ 
Picture taken in the Wilderness - South Africa


Drinking Dom Pedros in the Wilderness

We moved on to Knysna and packed out at our place of stay, viz. Overmeer Guesthouse , before going off for dinner.

Having dinner at La Loerie in Knysna

Day 5

Wednesday 2 March 2004

Belvedere and Knysna


We started our day by visiting the Round Church on the Belvedere Estate

We moved on to Lionel and Renay Booth for tea and a walk in the Belvedere forest where the pictures below were taken.



Eric snaps Howard and the geraniums on the Belvedere Manor Estate 


At the Booth home before we left Belvedere



At the Knysna Heads



Dinner at Serendipity in the Wilderness where Lizelle cooked us a wonderful meal


Day 6

Thursday 3 March 2004

Travel to Port Elizabeth via Natures valley


Susie says "Hey dude why did you not use sunscreen?" JJ


The threesome with Plettenberg Bay in the background


Shopping at Old Nicks in Plettenberg Bay

We travelled to the Stormsriver Village where the threesome went on the Treetop Canopy Tour as per the following pictures.




Ready to go flying! JJ








After arriving at Lemon Tree lane we went off for dinner to  Whickerwoods restaurant.

Day 8

Friday 4 March 2004

Addo Elephant Park + Schotia safari


I had to return to Cape Town on this day so Malcolm from Schotia Safaris took the threesome on an awesome drive through Addo and on the Schotia tooth and Claw safari. I was told that all had a wonderful time while on safari. 

Day 9

Saturday 5 March 2004

Fly back to Atlanta

At 12h30 the Hymans were collected by shuttle and taken to the Port Elizabeth airport where they departed for Johannesburg and eventually Atlanta.

This was an awesome, awesome, awesome tour. Howard, Susie and Eric were an absolute delight to travel with. We had so much fun and the tour was a non stop fun  event. We experienced much together and spoke about much of what South Africa is about today. The back and forth debate was wonderful to say the least. What a brilliant, brilliant tour this was for me and I can but only hope that the Hymans felt similarly.



A BIG THANK you for your very generous
 support for the kids of Kayamandi

Received 8 March 2005



We are the fortunate ones to have met spent time and have you show us a country that you truly love. We consider you now par of our family. We shared many experiences over the past two weeks that will always remind us of our trip and that certainly includes you. You were such a part of our family experiences. I do have to tell you that even though you, Susie and I were all very careful not to divulge to Eric the sex of our upcoming grandchild, as soon as we met up with Cindy in Johannesbrg she let the secret out. She was so excited to show all of us the sonigram that she came running up to us (Susie, Eric and I) and said "Look at his pictures" and then realized she said his. So what can you do? 

As you said Malcolm was terrific. We have already developed the pictures (6 roles) from the non digital camera. Some great shots. Susie's sisters have already commented on your website and being able to follow our trip as it was happening. I will forward your email to Eric as he was going to send you a fart machine but it appears you have already taken action. You really got a kick out of that. With all that you provided us it seems a bit bizarre that what we gave you in return was some hysterical moments relative to a machine that makes fart sounds.  By the way, Stan and Avril were crazy about Cape Vaccas.  

We will keep in touch with you as we all consider you family. I will send what I can find relevant pertaining to the Community Center. If I could I would contact your next touring family to tell them how special their upcoming tour with you will be.

Again, thanks doesn't do justice to how special you made our two weeks in SA. If there is ever anything we can do for you please just contact us. Howard

Howard and Susie.