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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
International Travel News -- October 2008