Peggy and Steve Morgan

New Jersey - USA

30 October 2005

Returning to SA to enjoy Cape Town once again as well as the Garden Route

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I met Steve and Peggy at Cape Town airport and it turned out to be a wonderful experience to meet these friends of a couple of years ago once again. We went off to Cape Standard where the Morgans would be residing for the next 3 nights.

 


 

Monday - 31 October 2005

I was not touring with Peggy and Steve while they were in Cape Town however we did arrange to go up Table Mountain together, so with the weather playing ball we ascended the mountain in the late morning.

 

Atop of Table Mountain

 

In the city centre at the Old Townhouse where we had a light lunch.


Wednesday - 2 October 2005

Travel from Cape Town to Cape Vaccas

 

We started out travels by driving past Somerset West, Caledon, and Riviersonderend before stopping in at Swellendam

We stopped in at Swellendam where I took the above picture of Peggy in front of the Dutch Reformed Church

 

Enjoying a Don Pedro after having a lovely lunch at Le Belle Alliance in Swellendam

 

Peggy looks rather sceptical as to what she hears about the products at the Aloe Factory in Albertinia while Steve seems to be whispering "do not fall for it" JJ

We arrived at Cape Vaccas at about 16h30 and in the evening we enjoyed a wonderful fish dinner cooked for us by Katrina.


 

Thursday - 3 October 2005

Cape Vaccas - Chill out day

 

The house where Peggy and Steve were staying.

 

A little duiker seen on the road to the cottage

 

Having a cheese lunch at the cottage

 

After dinner drinks at the fireside being enjoyed in the cottage.


Friday - 4 October 2005

Cape Vaccas - Knysna

 

Steven and Peggy with Katrina and Pieter at Cape Vaccas before we left the Nature reserve

 

Peggy found a feline friend at the Old Postbox in Mossel Bay  JJ

 

On Board Diaz's caravel in the Diaz museum in Mossel Bay

 

 

 

Viewing the stained glass windows in the Diaz museum

 

We stopped in at Scarab where we looked around in the shop as well as saw paper being made from elephant dung

 

We had a great lunch at the Knysna Oyster factory where Patrick told us all about how to cultivate oysters.

 

We moved onto the Belvedere Estate where I took this picture of Peggy and Steve at the Little Round Church on the estate.

 

We joined Lionel and Renay Booth in their home on Belvedere for tea and as can be seen from Steve's expression Rene's brandy tart was A1. JJ

 

Peggy having fun with a little Daronga that we saw at Rene and Lionel's home

 

Having fun while on a walk in the Belvedere forest

 

 

Sharing a wonderful dessert at Le Loerie


Saturday - 5 October 2005

Natures Valley; Bloukrans Valley; Treetop safari, The Heads

 

We started our day by travelling to the Saturday morning Oats Craft Market in Sedgefield for Breakfast and so as to enjoy the crafts

 

Enjoying them music of the Cape Minstrels at the martket

 

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We stopped in at Plettenberg Bay where we saw a group of people enjoying Children's Day and joined in our activities with them

 

 

 

Steve and Peggy on the Natures Valley beach

Listening to Sanford's (guide) instruction before the Tree Top safari 

 

Peggy being togged up by Marky the second guide on the safari

 

Steve being prepared for the swinging safari

Ready   set    lets go!

On the truck that took al to the safari start point

 

The whole group who went on the treetop flying expedition

 

Steve and Peggy swinging through the trees

 

Crossing the bridge on the route

 

Peggy Morgan - Treetop flyer extraordinaire. JJ

 

Group pictures while flying through the trees

 

 

 

In the evening we had a wonderful meal with Dell and her daughter Sanchia at Firefly restauarnt


Sunday - 6 October 2005

Brenton; The Heads; Drive to Oudtshoorn;  Mooiplaas

 

We started our day with a walk on Brenton on Sea beach

 

Found on the Brenton on Sea beach  JJJJ

 

Ending the walk.

 

Peggy and Steve at the Knysna Heads

 

 

We drove to Oudtshoorn and stopped in for a wonderful lunch at Karlinkas

 

We travelled to our guesthouse, Mooiplaas, and after a rest we went to Jemimas for a great dinner


Monday - 7 October 2005

Mooiplaas; CP Nel Museum and Swartberge

 

We started our day with Viljee, the co-owner of Mooiplaas taking us on a very informative ostrich farming tour on his farm

 

 

With baby ostrich chicks

 

We stopped in at the CP Nel museum in Oudtshoorn

 

 

We moved on to the Swartberge - Here we see Peggy photographing the magnificent scenery from the mountain

Here we see Steve fooling around. JJ

 

Peggy needed a helping hand to photograph a mountain protea while on the Swartberge so Steve took off his belt and duly obliged. JJ

 

Peggy on the Swartberge

 

 

We has lunch at the Swartberg Hotel in Prince Albert

 

The Morgans meet up with the angora goats at Gays Dairy in Prince Albert

 

Striding out at the Meiringpoort waterfall

 

In the evening we had a superb ostrich steak dinner at Mooiplaas


Tuesday - 8 October 2005

Railway Museum - George
Fly to Durban

 

Breakfast at Mooiplaas

 

The happy couple before leaving Mooiplaas

 

We had some time to spare before we arrived at the George airport and we spent it at the George Railway Museum as can be seen from these pictures.

 

 

After our visit to the Railway Museum we taravelled to the George Airport where we unfortunately had to bid each other fairewell as Steve and Peggy flew off to Durban and I made my way back to Cape Town.


Steve and Peggy were absoluteley wonderful to travel with. They took everything in their stride and as very experienced and savvy travelers they certainly knew what to do and what not to do while we were on tour. Our total tour experience was absolutely magnificent and I would do this tour with this fabulous couple in a heartbeat if I were given the chance to do so again. All in all an awesome time was had by us all and in 8 days we certainly created a Garden Route memoir for life.

 STEVE AND PEGGY,

THANKS FOR BEING SUCH A WONDERFUL COUPLE TO TOUR WITH