Les and Harvey Monkman

Ontario - Canada

30 September 2010

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I met the Monkman brothers at the Mandela Rhodes hotel and we set off on our tour for the day.


With Les being and academic our first stop was at the University of Cape Town where we drove around on the campus and attained a feeling of what campus life is like in Cape Town


We moved onto the Afrikaans language monument in Paarl where we went through the history of South Africa, visited the Afrikaans monument and also had lunch at the Volksmond restaurant


We stopped in at the Potbelly Pantry on our way to Kayamandi where I introduced Harvey and Les to biltong and droewors  (dry sausage)


Spending time with Lily listening to her life story


We visited the Ikamva Lethu center where we were entertained by the Ikamva Kids dancing


After our visit to he Ikamva Lethu Center we drove around Kayamandi looking at the various houses in the township. We also spent a lot of time in Zone J visiting a church as well as meeting many children and numerous owners of shacks

On leaving Kayamandi we took a short drive through the town of Stellenbosch before returning back to Cape Town.


Les and Harvey just were the greatest. Better upstanding citizens than the two of them just dont exist. I had such a great time with these Canadian brothers that I clean forget to take more pictures while we were on tour, hence the lack of pictures from our journey.  All in all I feel I gained much from both Les and Harvey as I hope they gained from me. In summary this was a great journey with 2 wonderful gentlemen.


A huge thank you for your generous donation to the people of Kayamandi

Received 8 October 2010


Hi Selwyn,

Many thanks for the message, warm words and photos. Like so many other of your visitors, Harvey counts the visit to Kayamandi as the highlight of our short visit to your country. Thank you again from both of us for a terrific day and for the genuine pleasure of meeting you. 

Best, Les.

P.S. Having been mildly sceptical of claims for a "safari experience" comparable to Kruger being available along the Garden Route, I'm now less so. Arathusa Lodge where we stayed in Sabi Sands is good in all kinds of ways but to the extent that such lodges satisfy tourist appetites for the "big five," through ranger radio communication with each other, they move dangerously close to what will be available further south or even in top-level North American game parks. Next time, with more time, I think I would opt for trying to go on our own into Kruger itself, knowing that I would see fewer articles but feeling more connected to a distinct environment. Even though the fences are now down, the private lodges, at least in Sabi Sands, seem to me to be not only very expensive but also paradoxical victims of their insistent success in making sightings almost too accessible.