Doug and Diane Mills
John and Janet Abell 
Barrie and June Sanderson.

Yorkshire - UK

3 November 2008

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I met this Yorkshire sextet at Sunny Cove Manor in Fish Hoek and we set out on our Garden Route adventure.


At Peregrine farm stall near Grabouw where we amongst others bought some wonderful apple juice.



Barry, John and Doug enjoying dinner at Zest in Knysna


Man look at those steaks!  J


Janet thinks "oh I should have ordered the sole"  J




Janet and June enjoying don pedros


Doug thinks "man these South Africans make great cocktail desserts. J


Day 2



We started or day with an early morning 6 km walk on the Brenton on Sea beach

Finishing the walk


Washing of all the sand after the walk


How to was your feet in three easy lessons by Janet Abell JJ




How to have your husband buy you a diamond ring in one easy lesson by Diane Mills J



Breakfast at Overmeer


Diane tries out one of Overmeer decorative hats


At the Heads


Group photos at the Knysna Heads




At the Little Round Church on the Belvedere Estate

In the graveyard of the church



Outside on of the beautiful houses on the Belvedrere Estate.


Lunch at the Bell Tavern at the Belvedere Manor 

Doug undoing his belt to take in more  J


Doing handprint pages at Scarab Paper factory

Dinner at Firefly with Dell

Cocktails at Firefly

Day 3

Drive to Port Elizabeth


We started our day by leaving Knysna and moving on to Plettenberg Bay


At the Plettenberg Bay's lookout point 
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With a local trader at Plettenberg Bay buying wire key rings


Listening to the pre-lecture given by Welcome at Tsitsikamma Treetop Canopy tours


Kitting up for the treetop adventure




"The Yorkshire pilotesses"  JJ


Beware of Yorkshire Flyers  JJ 

Selwyn says  
"A brilliant photo that truly captures the fantastic "never say die" fun spirit of this wonderful group of friends"




Ready to go.


Off to fly in the forests


Flying through the trees












Enjoying dinner at Whickerwoods in Prot Elizabeth


Great group photo at Whickerwoods

After taking this picture 4 times for all to have on their cameras the local caretaker, who took the photos, told us that he was starting to enjoy  himself as were a rather raucus group to photograph. JJ

Day 4

Safari - Addo and Schotia


We started our day with a wonderful early morning breakfast in the Lemon Tree Lane garden whereafter all prepared themselves to go on safari at Addo and Schotia.


In the safari vehicle outside of Lemon Tree Lane in Port Elizabeth


Safari pictures taken on Addo and Schotia














Peter (Ranger for the day) with some Giraffes in the background






Tea time on Schotia


The devil you know....J




Barbecue time on Schotia


Day 5

Travel to Cape Vaccas


Before leaving Lemon Tree Lane


Enjoying a cheese lunch at Alje's




Boela the Rhodesian ridgeback joins the table. J


June in the wonderful natural gardens surrounding Alkje's home


Pictures taken at the Bloukrans Bridge where we watched the bungi jumpers do the highest bungee jump in the world.







ndinner with Pieter and Katrien at Cape Vaccas


Enjoying Port and Stilton cheese around the fireplace at Cape Vaccas before going to bed


Day 6

Leave Cape Vaccas for Cathbert



With Katrien at Cape Vaccas



At CV with Katriena before leaving for Franschhoek 
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At the Gouritz Bridge where Barry pulled out after threatening to do the bungi jump. JJ



The pace of the journey was starting to tell.....JJ


Dinner at Cathbert Country House



Port before bed.

Day 7

Muratie and Kayamandi


Pictures taken at Muratie winefarm where we visited for a winetasting







We stopped in at the Mugg and Bean in Stellenbosch where we went through the history of South Africa before moving on to Kayamandi


Pictures taken at Lily's house where we had a traditional lunch








Pictures taken while having fun with the kids in the Ikamva Lethu Centre








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Walking around and exploring Zone J









Dinner at Les Bon Vivant in Franschhoek










Day 8

Back to Fish Hoek  L


Breakfast at Cathbert Country House



Unfortunately all goof things come to an end. After leaving Cathbert Country House we travelled back to Sunny Cove Manner where


The photographs on this webpage bears testimony to the fact that this was an absolutely fantastic tour with quite an amazing group of wonderful people.  This sextet from YorksHire were a fun a minute group and made for an absolutely delight to tour with at all times. The ability that they had to simply go with the flow when on tour made this whole journey through the Garden Route and Cape Town a brilliant experience, not only for the six of them but also for me.  The fun while travelling together just never stopped and we all enjoyed ourselves and learnt a lot at all times. This really was a great tour for me to do with six very happy, friendly folk who wanted to enjoy as much of the Garden Route and as possible.

This tour I will never forget as it was so so so good.




Received 17 November 2008


To our dear friend Selwyn

Just arrived back in the UK after 3 fabulous weeks in beautiful South Africa. Yes, its pouring with rain here and cold!!! 
Thanks for your very touching email - tears all round. We had a good last week in Fish Hoek, but all we could talk about was the tour. After the couple of bad weather days we managed to get in to Cape Town and did Table Mountain en route on the Open top red bus. The sun shone all day and everyone enjoyed the experience. Also we got to Kirstenbosch - what a place. So beautiful and peaceful.

Back to our week with you - Where do we begin. From start to finish we had so much fun, saw so many sights and ate and drank so much good, scrumptious food and wine. Phew - diets start straight away. We have all tried to pick one highlight of the week, but there were so many. Flying through trees, Overmeer, Cathbert, Lemon Tree Lane, wonderful CV, Addo, Schotia, Zest, Firefly, etc and of course Kayamandi - brave courageous determined Lili and the wonderful dancing kids. We left a bit of our hearts there and we all will keep them in ours.

Selwyn you were a star. So knowledgable, witty, and entertaining. We have got to get the wizard to get in touch with our grandchildren. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for a memorable tour and long will the memories remain. Keep the flag flying for SA you are doing a grand job.

Best wishes to you and your family, God willing we may get back one day. THANKS A MILLION !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Diane, Doug, Janet, John, June and Barrie XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX