and Bronek Karcz
Trevor and Heather Gray
Margie and Paul Kelly
Jenny and Ian Muir
Sydney - Australia
8 October 2009
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7 October 2009
I met these 10 Australians at 18h30 at Davids Guesthouse soon after they arrived from Johannesburg which was a journey done on the Rovos Rail train. We became aqauinted and prepared ourselves with ideas with regard to our touring for the next 5 days in Cape Town. The group was quite tired and filled to the brim with the great food from the Rovos train ride so all settled for take away type dinner food from Woolworths.
We started our day by trying to ascend Table Mountain however when we arrive at the mountain there was a cloud hovering over the table top and we decided to leave the experience for one of the other days while we were on tour.
The group enjoying themselves while taking a look at their first view of False Bay
With the shark spotter at atop of Muizenberg
Jenny enjoying the views over False Bay
All aboard the Watertaxi from Kalk Bay to Simonstown with Karl Werksman at the helm
Trev disembarking in the Simonstown harbour
After disembarking we visited the "Gogo shop" where we bought some biltong and droewors (dry sausage)
With Just Nuisance in Simonstown
Curio shopping in Simonstown
We stopped in at Seaforth restaurant where we enjoyed a fish (kingclip) and chips lunch
Heather became the official group photographer for taking the "beware of penguins" sign
All (excepting Ian who was worried about the height) at Cape Point with the Cape of Good Hope (most south western point of Africa) in the background.
Pal and Margie at the "illegal" sign at Cape Point saying that the oceans meet in the area.
Waiting for the funicular at the upper Cape Point station
In the funicular
Paul hanging on for dear life in the funicular. JJ
7 of the group decided to take the long way down to the Cape
of Good Hope and hiked from Cape Point down to the south western point of
In the above picture the group, who saw Dassies along the way, can be seen doing the last descent of the walk
Judy, Margie, Paul, Heather, Bronek, Trev, Jenny, Joanne, Ian and Janet at the most south western point of Africa
Janet on the Cape of Good Hope with some free roaming ostriches in the background
The group admiring some of the many wonderful Proteas on the Cape of Good Hope nature reserve.
Jenny enjoying the pincushion Proteas on the reserve
Judy enjoying the sun with many pincushion Proteas in the background.
A DAY FULL OF GREAT EXPERIENCES
ROBBEN ISLAND AND THE WATERFRONT
On this day the group had a free day and visited Robben Island as well as the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.
TABLE MOUNTAIN, CITY CENTRE AND CHAPMANS PEAK
Bronek and Joanne in the cablecar ascending Table Mountain
Heather does "The Titanic" atop of Table Moutain JJ
Paul tries to emulate Heather but puts up a bad show. Leave it to the girls Paul! JJ
Walking atop of what was a cold (windy) Table Mountain area
Exploring the mountain
We left Table Mountain and travelled up to SIgnal Hill where we took in the local scenerey. Thereafter we travelled down into the city where we visited the Fire and Ice Hotel in the city.
Enjoying coffee at the Fire and Ice Hotel
Marge emulates the funny toilet signs in the hotel JJ
Admiring the adventure poster in the hotel
Heather enjoys a swing chair in the hotel.
We visited the Bo-Kaap region where the following pictures were taken
Yusuf our driver honours the road with his name in the Bo-Kaap.
The whole group in Bo-Kaap with a majestic Table Mountain in the background
We visited the Eastern Food Bazaar for a wonderful curry lucnh
After lunch we walked to Greenmarket Square where we did some shopping and enjoyed the market surroundings
The whole group on the spot at the old Town Hall demarcating the centre of Cape Town
We left the city and travelled on to Chapmans Peak
With two security guards whom we met at the start of our Chapmans Peak drive (Noordhoek Beach in the background)
Having fun on Chapmans Peak
Trev decides that it was time to "call it a day" on Chapmans Peak however he changed his mind soon after this photo was taken. J
Paul amd Margie enjoying an early sunset on Chapmans Peak
We travelled back to Green Point via Hout Bay, Llandudno, Camps bay, Bantry Bay and Sea Point.
IN SUMMARY A WONDERFUL DAY
KIRSTENBOSCH and THE CAPE WINELANDS
We started our day by driving to Milestone Studios in the city
centre so as to see where the song Manenberg was composed.
In the picture Paul is playing the 7 bar sound machine playing the first notes of Manenberg
Bronek and Joanne in Park Road, Cape Town where Bronek originally bought his first ever property many years ago.
We travelled on to Kirstenbosch where the below pictures were taken of the group.
We left Kirstenbosch and travelled to Rust en Vrede winefarm outside Stellenbosch
Nicole from Rust en Vrede taking the group through a winetasting
We left Rust en Vrede and travelled to Moreson winefarm where we had a great lunch at the Bread and Wine Deli
Judy seems to be very happy with her food. J
Jenny tucking in! J
After our lunch at Bread and Wine we moved onto Franschhoek where we did a tour of the town and visited the Huguenot chocolate factory.
After our visit to Franschhoek we travelled to Muratie winefarm
Winetasting at Muratie
We returned to Davids Guesthouse at
In the evening the group went on the Andulela Jazzz tour experience.
CULTURAL HISTORY TOUR AND KAYAMANDI
We stopped in to admire the view from Plattekloof while on our way to the wineands
At the Afrikaans Langauge monument after us talking about the history of South Africa
Jen and Ian with a king protea in the background
We stopped at the Vineyard Connmection to purchase some wine for the rest of the group tour.
Enjoying a winetrasting at Kanonkop
We travelled to Stellenbosch where Trev, Ian and Paul took the bus with Yusuf and went to Thelema for a winetasting while the rest of the group enjoyed and hour of walking around Stellenbosch
After Stellenbosch we travelled on to Kayamandi
We enjoyed a traditional Xhosa lunch with Lily as well as a biographical talk of her life
Lily and the whole group
We travelled to the Ikamva Lethu Centre (Our Future) where we had a wonderful interaction with the kids in the centre
We travelled around Kayamandi and ended up in Zone J where we met some locals and had great fun with the kids in the section.
We ended our journey by preenting apples to all via the "Fruit for trash" project.
We returned to Cape Town at 20h30 where we all had to unfortunately bade each other farewell.
To say that this was a wonderful tour would be an understatement. This group of 10 Aussies were unbelievable to tour with as they simply went with the flow and this resulted in all just turning out for the good while on tour. This truly was a "no worries mate" tour and this is what made the tour turn out to be such a good one in my opinion. I had great fun with all on tour and I sensed that the whole group was enjoying themselves at all times. Yusuf , our driver, also made an invaluable contribution to our journey with his little stories, good driving and amazingly gentlemanly mannerisms. Joanne certainly is to be complemnetd for the sterling job that she did in organising this whole journey. She was awesome to say the least. Overall what more can I say other than I wish I could have a tour like this one every day.
WHAT A STUNNING JOURNEY!!
A BIG, BIG, BIG THANK YOU TO ALL.
Received 18 November 2009