Peter and Joan Klatt

Berkeley - California - USA

11 November  2007

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I met Peter and Joan at the George airport at 18h00 and we immediately made our way to Cape Vaccas. On arrival at Cape Vaccas Katriena had prepared a wonderful chicken dinner for us and we sat down to the wonderful meal while we acquainted ourselves with another.

 


 

DAY 2

Cape Vaccas

 

This day was a restful day at Cape Vaccas where Peter an Joan enjoyed the beaches and nature that surrounded them.

 

Joan enjoying the Cape Vaccas scenery from the patio of the cottage at Cape Vaccas

 

Peter and Joan on the patio of the cottage

 

Peter goes exploring at Cape Vaccas J


In the evening we enjoyed a wonderful fish meal prepared for us by Katriena


DAY 3

Cape Vaccas to Knysna

With Pieter and Katrien at Cape Vaccas

 

 

Joan standing next to a quilting at the Diaz Museum in Mossel Bay

 

Comparing foods and prices at the local Spar supermarket in Mossel Bay

 

At the Map of Africa at the Wilderness

 

Watching paper being made with elephant dung & pulp

 

After our visit to Scarab we moved onto Overmeer Guesthouse where we took a short rest

Joan at Firefly restaurant in Knysna

 

Outside of Firefly restaurant


 

DAY 4

Stormsriver + Treetop Canopy tour

 

At the lookout point in Plettenberg Bay

 

Leaving Thyme and again where we picked up sandwiches for lunch

 

On Natures Valley Beach

 

 

Suiting up for the treetop safari

 

The intrepid "Berkeley flyers"  JJ

 

Off to the trees!

 

Flying through the trees

 

 

Joan in the treetops

 

 

Getting ready for the next fly.

 

One small step for man..........JJ

 

At the treetop bridge

 

 

We stopped in to watch the bungy jumpers at the Bloukrans Bridge on our way back to Knysna

 

In the evening we had a lovely meal at Zest Restaurant

 


DAY 5

Knysna Heads; Drive to Cathbert.

Joan and Peter at the Knysna Heads

 

Enjoying the floral beauty at the heads

 

Examining fruit at the "Fruit and Veg" in Knysna

 

 

Joan finds sweet pepperdews at the Fruit and Veg

 

Peter examining spices at the Fruit and Veg

 

We left Knysna and travelled for 450 km to to Cathbert Country House in the Paarl district

In the evening we had a wonderful dinner at Cathbert Country House


DAY 6

Winelands and Kayamandi

 

Breakfast at Cathbert

 

Enjoying the king proteas at the Afrikaans Language Monument

 

 

Enjoying a great winetasting under the leadership of Catherine a Seidelberg winefarm

 

Having fun with the young ball room dancers at the Ikamva Lethu centre in Kayamandi

 

With the mother and friends of a young man who we met earlier on who was going for his initiation that night

 

Peter enjoying showing Patricia in Zone J her picture that he had just taken

 

Peter with Pienkie and Zimkita in Zone J Kayamandi

 

We had a wonderful dinner at Les Bon Vivant in Franschhoek


 

DAY 7

Drive to Cape Town

 

We stopped in at the Biscuit Factory market where we had much fun

 

In the cable car up to Table Mountain

 

Atop of Table Mountain

 

We returned to An African Villa where Peter and Joan were staying and in the evening  we went for an African meal to the Africa Cafe


DAY 8

Cape Peninsula

 

 

Standing in the shadow of Table Mountain in Bo Kaap

 

With Just Nuisance in Simonstown

 

Admiring the Strathnaver model ship in Simonstown 

 

At the penguin colony on Boulders Beach

 

 

At Cape Point

 

Joan and Peter with the Cape of Good Hope in the background

 

At the most south western  point of Africa

 

We returned to Cape Town and went to Gold Restaurant for a fantastic dinner evening


 

DAY 9

Dinner at the Savoy Cabbage

 

Bette joined us on our last evening together for a wonderful meal at the Savoy Cabbage.

 


Peter and Joan were a fantastic couple to travel with. The way that I want to remember them is well typified in the photo of them all togged up to go on the Treetop Canopy tour as it exemplifies what their tour was all about - wonderful, friendly, smiling people who were prepared to try anything that I suggested to them.

Joan and Peter were always very trusting of me and I truly appreciated this throughout our travels together.  Oh they were such wonderful people to show around the Garden Route and Cape Town . Their gentlemanliness was of an order that was of the highest I could wish for. Joan has to be one of the most positive people I have toured with while Peter most certainly rates as one of the most knowledgeable "foodies" I have encountered as a tourguide.

All in all an incredibly memorable time was had by all and it was really very, very hard to say goodbye to this wonderful couple at an African Villa on the night we parted company.

THANKS A TON FOR MAKING YOUR TRAVELS WITH ME SO MEMORABLE PETER AND JOAN.

Thank you so very much for your generous contribution to the people of Kayamandi


Received 07 December 2007

Dear Selwyn,

Last night we arrived at our friends, Kay & Richard, in Auckland NZ 
and thanks to them I am finally able to go though all the 
accumulated email. Thank you for your two messages. We too fell in love with South Africa as well as Zambia.

Yes, the SA scenery was beautiful, but the most lasting impression 
will be our contact with the people of SA - blacks and whites alike. 
The visit to Kayamandi was very special - I'll never forget the joy 
that one box of green apples would bring to the kids in the township . 
. . nor the dance program. Thank you for bringing us there. And for 
taking us zip lining. (Should have done the bungy jump, too J)

We had a very easy departure from Capetown, our shuttle driver 
beckoned a porter who immediately took charge and hustled us through check-in as well as the diplomatic security line, thanks to Joanie's cane.

It never occurred to us to to check our mail again once we got into 
the lounge. We were content to stay put until our flight was called.

Please give our best to Bette (the chemist J) and be well,

Sincerely,

Joanie and Peter

PS: There is a market in Adelaide that beats all other markets I have 
ever seen. If you ever go to Adelaide, be sure to visit their Central 
Market there, it is truly awesome I think it's closed Mondays and 
Wednesdays)

*


International Travel News -- October 2008