London - UK
27 September 2004
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I met Robin at the Cape Town airport and we travelled back to his place of stay viz. Craigrownie Guesthouse in Bantry Bay. After giving Robin a chance to get over his plane flight we met up in the late afternoon and went to the Cape Town waterfront where amongst others we had dinner at Willoughbys restaurant.
On our first touring day we travelled to Hermanus
Robin enjoying the views of False Bay with Rooi Els in the
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We stopped in at OuBoets Biltong shop in Kleinmond where Robin had his first biltong experience
Robin with the Kleinmond beach behind him
The view from Rotary Way in Hermanus
In Hermanus we enjoyed some whale watching as can be seen in the above picture with a whale breaching in the far background
We had a delightful sandwich lunch in Hermanus at Nino's Restaurant
On our way back to Cape Town we stopped at the Peregrine farmstall
Sunset on top of Sir Lowry's pass with Table Mountain a la Queen Victoria on her back in the background. J
On arrival in Cape Town we went for dinner to the Jewel Tavern in the Waterfront
Winelands and Kayamandi
We started our day by visiting the Afrikaans language monument where I pictured Robin with some local ama-shu-shus JJ
Robin in front of the Afrikaans language monument
We stopped in for lunch at Cotage Fromage
On our way to Stellenbosch we stopped in for a quick winetasting at Muratie winefarm
We moved on to Kayamandi where the below pictures and video were taken during our wonderful visit to the township
Click here to watch a video taken in Kayamandi
After our visit to Kayamandi we had dinner at Moyo restaurant
Robin in front of the Money Tree Cafe
Having fun with Able Seaman Just Nuisance
At the penguin colony
At Cape Point with the Cape of Good Hope in the background
Sunset on Chapmans Peak
In the evening we had a wonderful dinner at the Blue Danube
Robben Island and city tour
Robin in front of the Nelson Mandela Gateway before going to Robben Island
While doing our city tour after Robins journey to Robben Island I took this picture of Robin with Table Mountain in the background from the Bo-Kaap area.
Robin in the very colourful Bo-Kaap area
We stopped in at the old city hall where I could not resist taking this picture of Robin on the city hall stage
Robin posing in front of our own half size Big Ben while shopping on the Grand Parade.
We stopped in at the newly created Royal Theater which is only to be opened officially in 2 months time.
Preparing to ascend Table Mountain on the cableway
Su\unset on Table Mountain
A friendly visitor to Table Mountain took this picture of Robin and myself
After our visit to Table Mountain we ended off our journey with a great African feast at the Africa Cafe.
This was such a fantastic which was as such only because Robin was such great company to tour with. I enjoyed every minute of his inquisitive mind as well as wit while on tour. Overall this was a very relaxing journey through the western Cape region however it was a wonderful learning experience for me as well as I think Robin as there was so much that he wanted to know about our great country. Robin's company was most enjoyable and his sense of appreciation as to what Cape Town could offer him in four days was quite incredible too. This was one visitor who it will be very hard to forget after our great Cape Town journey together
THANKS FOR ALL ROBIN!
A very warm welcome to my cork club!
Please click on the picture above to hear what Robin thought about his Cape Town holiday
Received 6 October 2004
Many thanks for your kind e-mail and excellent web site write up. I too
very much enjoyed our tour together and hope we will meet again. What a
good thing we are not touring now. I have returned to Cape Town with
driving rain and high winds. I suspect my departure for St Helena on Friday
may well be delayed but that's travelling for you.
I really liked the Garden Route and Knysna in particular. The Intercape bus
was very efficient and Barry at Overmeer picked me up. A nice guest house
with lovely views but somehow I prefer Craigrownie: hard to say why
although all the staff were extremely friendly at Overmeer. I did hire a
car and did some of the tourist things including the steam train to
Sedgfield and back (direct connection by the way), Featherbed reserve,
Plett, Monkeyland (well worth a trip and an unexpected pleasure) and a bit
of driving round. Very relaxing and the scenery was beautiful. The weather
was pretty good too unlike today - just like England at its worst! Once
again many thanks for everything.
Kind regards Robin