Rachel Maylor

New York - USA

21 April 2010

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I met Rachel on the night of the April 20 where we planned what we would be doing tourwise fro the following 3 days. 

On the morning of the 21st I fetched Rachel at the Cape Grace Hotel whereafter we set off on a Cape Peninsula tour


Going on the water-taxi between Kalk Bay and Simonstown with Karl Werksman


With Just Nuisance in Simonstown


At the penguin colony on Boulders Beach


At Cape Point with the Cape of Good Hope in the background


Coming down from the old lighthouse at Cape Point


On Cape Point


Yup we definitely made it to the 34 degree south latitude


We also made it to the most south western point of Africa


We spotted the ostrich in the picture on the Cape of Good Hope nature reserve




We started out our day with a visit to the Afrikaans Language monument where amongst others we went through the history of South Africa


 As Rachel was participating in a Warwick wine and food evening at the Cape Grace that evening we simply had to stop at Warwick winefarm


Spending time with Lily in Kayamandi who told Rachel her life story.


After our visit to Lily we moved on to the Ikamva Lethu centre where we watched the dancers going through their paces.


Please click here to watch Rachel and Loyanda doing a drumming session at the Ikamva lethu Centre
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We started our day by going to the Gardeners Cottage for Breakfast. We followed breakfast with a walk around the Montebello Craft centre


Rachel enjoying one of the carved seats at the woodcarvers site in the Montebello centre


We took the unusual route of travelling over the very scenic  Sir Lowrys Pass and onto Grabouw before we crossed the magnificent Franschhoek mountains and arriving in Franschhoek.


Enjoying a wine tasting at Haute Chabriere winefarm in Franschhoek


We travelled back to Stellenbosch via Helshoogte and revisited Zone J in Kayamandi where Rachel got to experience what shack life is about in South Africa



Having fun with the kids in Zone J.


After our visit to Kayamandi we returned to Cape Town where we unfortunately had to say goodbye to each at the Cape Grace Hotel

Travelling with Rachel was an absolute delight. We had much fun together and we shared so much that our journey together became a learning curve for both of us. It was fascinating to see how quickly Rachel picked up on all that we did and this certainly made my function as her tourguide so much easier. All in all a wonderful ride for me and I hope for Rachel too.