David and Mandy Rowe
London - UK

Jeannette and David Lawrence
Sydney - Australia

14 November 2006

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I met this foursome at Ezard House and as Mandy and I had been through many emails before they arrived in Cape Town we  were pretty well set in our plans and set out on a Cape Peninsula Tour

 

David, Jeanette, Mandy and David at Maidens Cove with Camps Bay in the background

 

We stopped in for a fish lunch at Kalkies in the Kalk Bay harbour

 

Mandy and David at the penguin colony

 

The Laurences enjoying the penguin colony

 

The two Davids and Mandy with the Cape of Good Hope in the background

 

Mandy at Cape Point

 

The Rowe's at Cape Point

 

 

David enjoying Cape Point

 

Standing on Cape Point with Diaz Beach and the Cape of Good Hope in the background

 

David decides that Chapmans Peak is a good place to say "goodbye cruel world" JJ

 

David copies his friend on Chapmans Peak  JJ

 

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Jeanette and David on Chapmans Peak

 

2 friends on Chapmans Peak

 

The foursome enjoying Chapmans Peak

 

Mandy celebrates her 60th with the staff of the Africa Cafe

 

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Making a very serious JJ wish before cutting the cake.

 

Shopping in the Africa Cafe shop


 

Day 2

City tour and Township visit

 

Jeanette enjoying the kings seat at Tribal Trends while Mandy and David were shopping. JJ

 

Mandy in her element at Tribal Trends

 

Waiting fro the Rowe's to finish their shopping

 

We did a city tour and then went for a curry lunch to Zoerienas before departing for Kayamandi in Stellenbosch

 

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Listening to Lily telling us her life story in her home

 

Outside Lilly's house

 

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Having fun with the kids in Kayamandi

 

Viewing a church service in Zone J


The two Davids, Mandy and Jeanette were a very easy foursome to travel with. Overall they were wonderful folk to have in my vehicle with me while on tour. All four of them showed great interest as to what was happening in South Africa as well as what was happening around them as we travelled. It truly was a great experience to tour this wonderful foursome on both our days together. For me it also was great to see how well 4 friends got on together and I honestly believe that this was one of the most important reasons as to why our tour was such a successful one

Thank you David, Mandy, David and Jeanette


Received  20 November 2006

 

Dear Selwyn,

We arrived home in London last night safe and sound still trying to get our head around all that we have experienced these last 18 days in Africa.

I will never forget this birthday. Starting with 10 days on safari in Zambia and 6 days in Cape Town and the Winelands - awsome!   Ezard House was a dream place to stay. Touring the Cape Peninsula with incredible scenery at every turn - wow! Celebrating my birthday at Africa Cafe was great fun! Touring the city of Cape Town and learning some of the history that we did not know well - very interesting. Moving on to our visit to Kayamandi - fantastic! I was so taken when the children sang the birthday song to me at Kayamandi - truly moving. Dancing and drumming with the children was also great fun and I thank you for capturing it on camera - our family will get a hoot out of it for sure! But in general, meeting the people and hearing the stories, especially Lilly's, was heart filling and for that we are so grateful to have had that experience to take home with us and share with friends and family.

The next day David and I went to Robben Island. The Lawrences needed to rest so didn't go. It was just as well. The boat ride over and back caused a bit of sea sickness for some. We found the visit to be very interesting, and we were impressed with our guide who had been a political prisoner in the 1980's but seemed to hold no bitterness about his time spent there and only looked forward to the future.

On the 4th day we drove on to the Winelands and at your suggestion we stopped at Ernie Els Winery in Stellenbosch for a delicious light lunch and stayed 3 hours - what a beautiful location! We then drove on to Franschhoek where we stayed for 2 nights at the Franschhoek Country House and Villas. It turned out to be a fine place to stay - great location. That night we had a nice dinner at Quartier Francais. The next day, at your suggestion, we took the 2-hour tour at Cabriere Estate and enjoyed that very much. Tak, the son, gave the tour due to his father having been in a recent car accident. He was great fun - now we know more about cracking the bottle with a sabre! We were also able to have lunch there and what a lunch it was - absolutely delicious! On our way back to the hotel the gang dropped me off in the village to do a spot of shopping and then we met up later at Le Bon Vivant for an early dinner. Selwyn - what a find! Like you said, this place is a real gem. We had an incredible dinner but we were also impressed with the artistry and presentation that went into each and every dish that went out of the kitchen. We were seated right next to the kitchen window and watched the chef work his magic - fun to watch. Pierre, the chef, is a real star and his time is coming fast - we complemented him before we left. The place was filled so I think people are starting to find this restaurant - thanks so much for the suggestion.

Selwyn, thank you SO MUCH, again, for an incredible two-day tour of beautiful Cape Town and the inspiring community of Kayamandi. We still can't believe how many places we covered, the facts and history that was shared, the wonderful suggestions you made for our time in the Winelands, and all that fun in two days - quite amazing! You are a one-of-a-kind tour guide who obviously loves what you do - we feel so lucky to have found you! Our first trip to Cape Town was made all the more memorable by your desire and passion to show us your proud city.

Stay well and happy travels,

Mandy (and David Rowe)

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