Larry and Peggy Maxwell

Liverpool - UK

10 March 2008

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11 March 2008

Larry and Peggy went to Schotia Game farm and Addo Game Park with Malcolm from Schotia as their ranger

I met with Larry  and Peggy the night before after they arrived back at Lemon Tree lane Guesthouse and we became instant friends.


12 March

Lemon Tree Lane - Drive to Knysna


Larry and Peggy enjoying lunch at Alje's


The wonderful lunch spread at Alje's


At the Bloukrans Bridge


Larry and Peggy with Plettenberg Bay in the background


We arrived in Knysna at 17h30, checked into Overmeer, took  a short break and went  to Firefly Restaurant for a wonderful dinner

13 March

Knysna; Drive to CV


We stared our day with Larry and Peggy taking an early morning walk 7Km walk on Brenton on Sea Beach


Peggy and Larry completing 


The Maxwell's enjoy their last views of the lagoon from Overmeer guesthouse


Larry at The Heads in Knysna; Peggy stood clear of the edges of the 90 Meter sheer cliff face. JJ 


At the round church on the Belvedere Estate


After our visit to the Belvedere state we stopped in at Scarab to see how paper was made from Elephant dung,  Botha and Barnard to see local wood products and furniture and the Map of Africa near the Wilderness. We enjoyed lunch at a fish restaurant chain viz. the Ocean Basket in Mossel Bay. We also stopped in at local supermarket to see and compare foods and prices relative to Liverpool. We then made our way to CV where we had a wonderful fish dinner prepare for us by Katrien and Pieter.


14 March

CV; Knysna; Drive to Oudtshoorn


Larry enjoying the great sea view at Cape Vaccas


A last picture at Cape Vaccas before moving on to Oudtshoorn


Watching an ostrich being born at Safari ostrich farm


Peggy takes to becoming an ostrich jockey JJ


Watching an ostrich race with Brian from Safari Ostrich farm


Having dinner with Wolfgang at Montana

15 March

Prince Albert and Swartberge



Larry and Peggy enjoying the Montana gardens



Sampling wines at Cango wines in Oudtshoorn


Having fun on the golf course at Prince Albert


We had a wonderful lunch at Cafe Albert in Prince Albert


Buying mohair at Prince of Tides in Prince Albert



Atop of the Swartberge



Enjoying dinner at Jemimas


16 March

Oudtshoorn to Cathbert Country House

After a long day of driving on the R62 we arrived at Cathbert took a rest and went off to Les Bon Vivant in Franschhoek for dinner where in the above photo we see Larry tucking into his starter.


Peggy contemplating whether she should break the wonderful plate setting of her main course created by Pierre Hendriks  J


17 March

History, Muratie, Stellenbosch and Kayamandi


We started our day by visiting the Afrikaans Language Monument in Paarl.


Enjoying a wine tasting at Muratie winefarm


With Lily in her home next to her famous stove



Having fun watching the kids in the Ikamva Lethu Centre doing ballroom dancing



Larry and Peggy with ll the kids in the Masakahne dance group


Enjoying time with the kids in Zone J who had swopped their trash for apples


We ended our day with a great dinner on the balcony of Cathbert Country House


18 March

Cathbert to Cape Town

We started out our day with a wonderful breakfast at Cathbert Country House.


We arrived in cape Town and immediately took the opportunity of ascending Table Mountain where as can be seen from the above picture Larry and Peggy enjoyed doing the Table Mountain shuffle. JJ 


In the evening Larry and Peggy went for dinner to Gold Restaurant


19 March

Cape Peninsula


With Just Nuisance in Simonstown


At the penguin colony on Boulders Beach


At the most south western point of Africa - The Cape of Good Hope


Please click o the above picture taken at Cape Point to watch Larry doing sabrage
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Enjoying our last meal together at the Africa Cafe

The photographs on this webpage bears testimony to the fact that this was an exceptional and wonderful tour.  Larry and Peggy were an absolute delight to tour with at all times. The ability that the Maxwell's had to simply go with the flow when on tour made this whole journey through the Garden Route and Cape Town an absolutely fabulous experience, not only for the two of them but also for me.  The fun while travelling never stopped and we all had great fun and learnt a lot at all times. This really was a great tour for me to do with two very happy, friendly folk who wanted to enjoy as much of the Garden Route and Cape Town as possible. Thanks to Peter Summerfield and Rob Llewellyn for introducing me to these great people Overall I feel that we achieved this goal with great success.



Received 1 April 2008

Thank you for your email but it is us that should be thanking you for such a 
brilliant time.

We had a good trip back home to the cold and wet. Despite the problems in 
cape town we really enjoyed our stay there. Cathbert was the perfect way to 
relax and complete the holiday. Robert and Ann are wonderful hosts.
Thank you for sorting out the repayment in Cape Town. We talked to Robert and 
the 900 rand will cover everything we owe.

The Auberge Burgundy in Hermanus was perfect and the owners very friendly. 
on our final day we very slowly drove up the coast towards Cape town. It 
really is a beautiful coast.

So that just leaves us to thank you for a perfect holiday. Peggy aready has the photos developed and is showing them around. We felt completely at ease right from the start and your knowledge and enthusiasm for South Africa helped us to see not only the beauty of the country but also the many hurdles yet to be faced. We wish you well.

We promise to keep in touch and hopefully will meet again

Best wishes
Larry and Peggy

Just to let you know what we got up to after we last spoke. In Cathbert we 
went on the walking tour of Stellenbosch which was so informative and the 
guide excellent, also that day I persuaded Larry to visit the Graham Beck 
Winery just to convince myself that the Viognier was delicious and it was but 
so also was the Pheasants Run Sauvignon Blanc a feast to the palate.

We drove over the Franschhoek pass with magnificent views before dropping down into the orchards and going on to Hermanus. The Auberge was great and as Larry said the owners helpful. they recommended that we did not eat at the Burgundy restaurant as it was not dependable but recommended the Fisherman's Cottage where we ate brilliant seafood with pleasant fellow diners. We walked the cliff path there and marvelled at the scenery before wending our way back. the guide books said that the route was as spectacular as Chapmans peek I didn't think so but would have been very impressed if we had not been over Chapmans peek. We finally ended up in Gordons Bay where we 
had a very late lunch then sat on the beach watching the sunset over False Bay before driving to the airport. The car hire delivery and collection went to plan and now we are home and back to earth with a bump.

Many of our friends had been watching our adventures on your web site and were very envious. My grandson wanted to know why we did'nt bring him back an ostrich!!!

While were sipping a glass of wine before lunch on the lawns of the La Petit Ferme we sent a text to our son to say Happy Easter and what we were doing with the temperature at 32. The reply we got was " We hate you, it is snowing and miserable here" So we were in the right place.

Very many thanks again for a perfect holiday