WA 5 tour
(Western Australian 5)

Jean  & Peter McSkimming
Dot Wishart         Joy Blyth
Jean Johnson

Perth - Australia

31 May 2004

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I met the WA5's at their guesthouse in Green Point, Cape Rose and after becoming acquainted we started out on our Garden Route adventure.

 

Dot, ,Peter, Jean, Joy and JJ experiencing the wind and great views from Sir Lowry's pass.

 

We stopped i at the Peregrine farmstall near Grabouw where I shout the WA5's the different types of fruits available in the area.

 

The WA5's outside Koornlands restaurant in Swellendam where we stopped in for lunch

 

We visited the Dutch Reformed Church in Swellendam

We arrived at CV where we chilled out for a while before having a wonderful fish dinner that was prepared for us by Katriena. 

The WA5's in front of the fireplace in the CV cottage


Day 3

1 June 2004

 

We started our day by enjoying all that CV had to offer us.
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Dot holding a Cape Angulate tortoise that was found in the nature reserve

The WA5's with Katrien and Pieter at CV

After leaving CV we travelled to the Wilderness where we had a light lunch at the Rod & Reel restaurant

 

The desserts were good. JJ

 

We stopped in at the Map of Africa in the Wilderness

 

We arrived at Overmeer and after a short break made our way to Tsala where we had a great dinner as the below photo shows.

 


Day 4

2 June 2004

 

We started our day at 06h30 with  walk on Brenton on Sea's beach

An early morning photo of Jean and Peter with the Knysna Lagoon in the background

 

The intrepid barefoot walkers prepare for their 7 km hike.

The hiking trail!

The WA5 hikers complete the job!  JJ

 

We returned to Overmeer for breakfast and then made our way up to Belvedere. We tried to find the coins that we had placed on the rail tracks of the Outeniqua Choe Choe earlier that morning however they were nowhere to be found.

 

We visited the Holy Trinity Church in Belvedere.

 

After our little tour of Belvedere we stopped in at Lionel and Renay Booth for tea and a walking tour of Belvedere.

JJ's tries to woo a local little bird....

and succeeds in doing so. JJ

 

Jean., Renay. Lionel. Peter and Dot try and find locations in Perth via a map 

 

Jean tells a "big fish" story. JJ

Dot tells a "bigger fish" story. JJ

 

The next pictures show our hike through the Belvedere forest

 

 

Admiring the pictures in the Belvedere Manor.

 

 

We travelled into Knysna where we visited a bank and while doing so Dot and JJ relaxed in the bank foyer.

Shopping time in Knysna.

 

The WA5's at the Knysna Heads at sunset.

 

Moonlight pictures at the Knysna Heads

 

We travelled to JJ's in the Knysna Waterfront where we had a great meal

 


Day 5

3 June 2004

 

We started our day by travelling to Plettenberg Bay where I took the above panoramic photo of the WA5 in front of the wonderful bay.
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We had fun on the Natures Valley Beach

 

 

Dot takes a breather in Natures Valley

 

While crossing the Black River we took the below wonderfully scenic photos in the area

 

 

Natures Valley as seen from the top of the valley

 

We travelled to the Storms River Mouth where we had a wonderful picnic.

 

Siesta time. JJ

Starting the long journey to cross the Storms River sway bridge

The WA5's contemplate bungi jumping off the Bloukrans Bridge. JJ

 

On returning to Knysna we had a great dinner at the Oyster Tavern.


Day 6

4 June 2004

 

We started our day by packing up and leaving Overmeer where I took this panoramic photograph
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We stopped in at the Scarab factory to what how paper was made from elephant dung

Watching the printing process at Scarab

Shopping at Scarab

We stopped at the Aloe factory in Albertinia where the WA5's had a chance to sample aloe snuff.

We crossed through the Tradouw pass to Barrydale as can be seen from the WA5's at the top of the pass

Clarkes of the Karoo proved to be a great stopover for lunch in Barrydale

 

We arrived back in Cape Town at just after 18h00. I bid the WA5's farewell temporarily as they had the next day to themselves while I attended a barmitzvah


Day 7

6 June 2004

 

We started our winelands tour with a huge rainbow background over the city as seen from Plattekloof

The WA5's at the Afrikaans Language Monument

 

We stopped in at Muratie and had a winetasting for JJ and Joy amongst the cobwebs JJ

 

The bobotie at De Zoete Inval in Stellenbosch was great

 

We moved on to Kayamandi where \we had a fabulous visit to the township

Talking to Nozandile in her shack home

 

Having fun with the kids in Kayamandi

 

We joined Ban Ba Kgotso (Children of Peace ) for an afternoon of great choral fun.

 

We travelled to Samkelo's house where we met his mom and the rest of his family.

After our visit to Kayamandi we returned home back to Cape Town

 


Day 8

7 June 2004

 

We started out on our Peninsula tour by first stopping at African Fabrics where the WA5 Ladies wanted to purchase some African print fabrics

Shopping can be tough. JJ

 

We stopped to shop on the Kalk Bay Treasure Mile

 

Having a great fish lunch at Kalkies

 

Visiting the fisherman's harbour in Kalk Bay

 

The WA5's meet the African jackass penguins at Boulders Beach

 

Meeting a friend at Cape Point. JJ

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

 

At Cape Point

Sunset on Chapmans Peak - Where Jean??

Up on the hillside. JJ

 

Grand finale of a day in the form of a great meal at The Africa Cafe


Day 9

8 June 2004

 

I collected the WA5's at Cape Rose Guesthouse and we dis\d a short tour of the city. We returned to Cape Rose to pick up luggage and made our way to the Cape Town airport , where after a VAT clearance excer5size we bade each other farewell as the WA5's took off for Johannesburg on their way back home to Perth.



The WA5's were a fantastic group to travel with. This group never knew what it meant to say no. They were game for all (except bungi jumping) JJ. The WA5's were one of the most giving groups I have ever taken out. Right up to the last minute before they were boarding their plane they were still taking their last bits of extra clothing off and passing it in to me to hand over to the people of Kayamandi. I was so touched by there humanly generous actions at all times. The group was a wonderful, friendly, smiling quintet who, as I already said, were prepared to try anything that I suggested to them. They were always very trusting of me and I truly appreciated this throughout our travels together.  Wonderful groups like the WA5's dont come around every day and I loved showing them around the Cape Town and Garden Route region. Their overall gentlemanliness was of an order that was of the highest you could wish for and they were all so positive about everything.   All in all an incredibly memorable time was had by all and it was really extremely hard to say goodbye to this wonderful group of five wonderful people at the Cape Town airport.

THANKS A TON WA5's

AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE

OY! OY! OY!


Received 24 June 2004

 

Hi Selwyn, 

Thank you for your warm welcome to Cape Town. JJ & myself enjoyed every moment so the feelings were very mutual between yourself & us. Yes what a lovely place to live in and we understand fully why people don't want to leave your beautiful country. We must thank you for your generosity in taking us to the airport and sending us on our way. Unfortunately JJ's money was to small to revert into Aussie dollars so had to spend the Rands at Joberg. She had fun. Have looked at the web site. My word you have had a lot of visitors. Your warmth and enthusiasm is overwhelming. Thank you once again.
 
At the moment I am having trouble in finding my browser key will ask my son when he visits however what I have seen up to now is wonderful. I haven't had time to see disc yet as I have been very busy with my daughter over from Tassie etc. Please keep the 
good work up at Kayamandi. 

All our best wishes 

JJ & Joy

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Letter of recommendation written by Jean to a potential Cape Town tourist

Hi Rob

Five West Australians went on a  two week tour to Zimbabwe with Nicholas Duncan from the Save Foundation - a most memorable experience (this too I can recommend) - then we carried on to Capetown to do some sight seeing there.

Nicholas put us onto Selwyn Davidowitz who is a great enthusiast, and who calls his business "I love Cape Town".   We had the most wonderful time.  There were 4 ladies and 1 male (my husband) in our group.   Selwyn's five day tour of the Garden  Route was an extraordinary adventure - surprises all the way, i.e. up early to go walking on a pristine beach and watch the sunrise,  having morning tea in the home of a family in an estate development in Kynsna,  and food, glorious food.   Selwyn has searched out the most interesting food places  i.e. up market candlelit dinners to visiting the fish markets and dining on fresh fish and chips.

We all enjoyed the five day excursion we had booked with Selwyn so much that we enjoyed a rest day, while Selwyn went to a Jewish Barmitzvah, and then we engaged him for our two extra days to show us round the Cape on a peninsula tour and a winelands tour, which included an amazing visit to the Kayamandi township (a native township that he supports).   Here we met some of the leaders, the children and their families - saw into two of the shack homes - and enjoyed an afternoon of great choral fun as they put on a concert for us.

Truly these were memorable moments, and we treasure the pictures that evoke in us such wonderful memories.  You will have a unique trip if you are lucky enough to secure Selwyn as your guide.

Every night he loads onto the www the snapshots he took of your tour during that day, and family can log on and see what you did - an amazing service.  As well he gave to us a disc of all the photos he took.

He is a very honest tour guide.  Our group had 3 teetotallers in it, and so we did not spend the budget he had allocated to wine costs, so he took us all out for a 17 course dinner at the Africa Cafe - what an evening that was.

The cost of his tour may be higher than some - but the service we received, the meals we enjoyed, the excellent accommodation he had organised,  together with his elephantine knowledge of all things South African - he by the way is a retired engineer and business proprietor,  so he is no slug mentally I can assure you.

You will have a fantastic time, but the warning is  -  starve yourself for a week or so before you leave!!!  and enjoy the unusual delicacies South Africa has to offer.

Any other questions I will be happy to answer.   Have a fun filled holiday - Jean