Wayne and Mary Scott

Kent - England

4 March 2006

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I met Wayne and Mary at the Cape Town airport and after looking at maps showing where we were about to travel we started out on our Garden Route tour. We first stopped in at the Peregrine Farmstall in Elgin where we bought some biltong, dry sausage (droewors) and fresh apple juice. Thereafter we continued travelling towards Mossel Bay and passed the towns of Grabouw, Riviersonderend, Swellendam, Heidelberg, Riversdale and Albertinia. Of these towns we spent a short while in Swellendam and also stopped in at the Aloe factory near Albertinia.



Biance, from the Aloe Factory, explaining how the Aloe Ferox plant is used to make all the companies products.



In the garden outside the Aloe Factory


Mary and Wayne seemingly deciding that Aloe Juice was not something that they enjoyed. JJ


We stopped at the Gouritz River bridge to watch the bungy jumpers diving off the bridge.


We arrived at Cape Vaccas at 15h00. It was quite windy however the weather did not deter us from sitting down for a good lunch in the cottage whereafter Wayne and Mary took some rest.


The cottage by the sea where Mary and Wayne were staying

In the evening we had a wonderful fireside dinner of local fish cooked for us by Katrina from Cape Vaccas



Day 2  -   5 March

Cape Vaccas


Mary and Wayne started off with a 09h00 breakfast and spent the morning resting and enjoying Cape Vaccas. At 13h00 I joined them for a cheese lunch at the cottage


Wayne and Mary enjoying lunch in the cottage.



Mary and Wayne in front of their cottage at Cape Vaccas
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Happy picture taken outside the Cape Vaccas cottage


Walking on the Cape Vaccas Beach


Enjoying a great chicken dinner besides a fire in the Cape Vaccas cottage


Day 3  -   6 March

Botlierskop and Knysna


We started out early and bade Pieter and Katrien from Cape Vaccas farewell


We visited Botlierskop Game Farm where the game ranger Arne' took Wayne and Mary on a quad bike game drive


The biking Scotts JJ


Viewing Cape Mountain zebra


Lots and lots of antelope


Mary quad biking her way through the game farm


Viewing wildebeest on the game farm


Close encounter of a giraffe kind. JJ


We had lunch on Botlierskop and then started travelling towards Knysna



We stopped in at the Botha and Barnard furniture factory showroom so as to see all the local furniture that was being manufactured in the Knysna region


At Sedgefield we visited the Scarab factory where we saw how paper was made from elephant dung


After booking in to Overmeer guesthouse we took a 2 hour break and then visited La Loerie restaurant for a splendid dinner.

Day 4  -  7 March

Brenton on Sea, Belvidere and Knysna


We started our day with Mary and Wayne (couple on the beach in the above picture) walking the 6 Km beach walk from Brenton on Sea to Buffalo Bay


Enjoying the waters of the Indian Ocean


Enjoying Brenton on Sea



Ending the walk


Breakfast at Overmeer


Mary and Wayne with Nemo, the Labrador at Overmeer guesthouse


At the little Round Church on the Belvidere Estate


Meeting up with Lionel and Renay Booth at their Belvidere Estate home. 
We had tea with the Booths before going on a walk on the Belvidere Estate.


Pictures of the ladies on our walk



Lionel and Wayne striding out on the Belvidere Estate bridge


The happy foursome on the bridge at Belvidere


Posing for a picture in the gardens of the Belvidere Manor Estate




Mary enjoying her first ever oyster (covered in cheese) JJ at the Knysna Oyster factory


Enjoying a Don Pedro at the Knysna Oyster factory

At "The Heads" in Knysna 




Wayne and Mary at The Knysna Heads


We had a fabulous dinner at Firefly which was hosted by Dell, the wonderful owner of this great little restaurant.



Day 5  -  8 March

Treetops, Stormsriver, Travel to Port Elizabeth


We started our day by visiting Plettenberg Bay where the above photo was taken.


Mary and Wayne on Natures Valley Beach



Listening to Nicholas (guide) at the pre treetop flying instruction period


Suiting up for the ride



Team Scott before going on the Treetop flight!   JJ


At the start of the first gorge to fly over


Mary flying with ease


Wayne the happy flyer


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Please click here to see a video of Wayne flyng through the trees
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Great photo taken while on the treetop safari



Dinner at Wickerwoods



Day 6  -  9 March

Addo and Schotia safari

On this day the Scotts joined Justin of Schotia Game Farm to go on a safari at Addo Elephant Park and Schotia Game farm The following pictures were taken on the day


Wayne and Mary all set to go on safari


The below pictures are of some of the animals seen on safari 

The Cape Buffalo - Member of the Big 5




Wild ostrich




Dung beetles


Elephants  - Members of the Big 5

Lots, lots and lots more elephants  JJ




Hog deer - Specially imported from Vietnam






Hartman Zebra


Red Hartebeest




Rhino - Member of the big 5






Lions - Members of the Big 5


The King of the jungle.


After having dinner around the campfire at Schotia Mary and Wayne returned back to Lemon Tree Lane at 22h00 



Day 8  -  10 March

Port Elizabeth to The Wilderness



Wayne and Ray in the wonderful gardens of Lemon Tree Lane


Wayne and Mary outside their room at Lemon Tree Lane


On our way back to Cape Town we stopped at the Bloukrans Bridge to watch the bungy jumpers doing the highest bungy jump in the world.

The Bloukrans Bridge


Wayne and Mary at the Bloukrans Bridge


At the Bloukrans bridge bungy registration area.

Did Wayne and Mary jump? JJJJJJJJ



We stopped in at Old Nick near Plettenberg Bay for lunch and shopping.

We drove though Knysna and Sedgefield and arrived at The Dunes in the Wilderness at 16h00. After checking in we enjoyed the last 3 hours of sun by just sitting and watch the wonderful sea vista outside of our rooms


Mary enjoying sunset at The Dunes


Dinner at Serendipity


Day 9  -  11 March

The Wilderness to Cathbert Country House (Franschhoek)



Wayne and Mary starting off their morning with an early morning walk on the Wilderness Beach below our guesthouse


Returning from the walk

We enjoyed a lovely breakfast at The Dunes and then set off on our 450 Km journey back to Franscchoek. We travelled past Mossel Bay, Albertnia, Riversdale, Heidelberg and Swellendam. At Swellendam we turned off to Ashton and then followed the R62 through to Robertson where we stopped in for lunch at  Bourbon Street.  After lunch we moved on to Worcester and the Huguenot Tunnel. Once arriving in Paarl we travelled to Cathbert Country house where we rested until dinner at Cathbert where Ann and Rob Morley  presented us with a fabulous meal.


Wayne and Mary having dinner at Cathbert Country Inn


The dessert at Cathbert Country Inn


Mary is visited by the local cat at Cathbert - After seeing the above desert one can understand why the kitty visited us. JJ



Day 10  -  12 March

Afrikaans Language Monument and Kayamandi



We started our day at the Afrikaans Language monument where I took the above picture 


Mary in the Afrikaans Language Monument gardens



Being dwarfed by the monument! JJ



Taking in the view from the monument grounds


Enjoying the gardens at the monument



We moved on to Kayamandi and joined Lily at her home for a light traditional Xhosa lunch



With Lily in front of her home in Kayamandi



We visited Nosandile and Johannes in their shack home and took this picture of all who popped in while we were visiting the couple.



Having fun with the kids in Kayamandi


We travelled back to Cathbert where we took a break before going to Bon Vivant restaurant in Franschhoek where the below pictures were taken.





Day 11  -  13 March

The Winelands



Breakfast at Cathbert


We visited Middelvlei winefarm here I took the above picture of Wayne and Mary in the wood maturation cellar on the farm.


Wayne measuring his handprints with those of Ernie Els on the Ernie Els Winefarm



Watch out Ernie here I come! JJ



Teeing off in an imaginary manner on the winefarm. JJ


Enjoying the magnificent scenery on the winefarm
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Enjoying a winetasting at Rust en Vrede winefarm


Having fun in the gardens at Rust en Vrede.


After our visit to Rust en Vrede we took a short driving tour of Stellenbosch  and the returned to Cathbert where we enjoyed a wonderful ostrich dinner prepared for us by Anne Morley


Day 12  -  14 March

Drive to Cape Town

We spent the morning at Cathbert tsking in some wonderful sun and at about 11h30 we travelled to Cape Town. We arrived at Craigrownie Guesthouse at 12h30.  Selwyn left Mary and Wayne for the rest of the day

In the afternoon Mary and Wayne visited the Cape Town Waterfront and had a fish dinner at Baia restaurant.


Day 13  -  15 March

Cape Peninsula tour


We started our tour with a visit to Maidens Cove where I took the above picture of Mary and Wayne with the 12 Apostles and Camps Bay in the background


Atop of Table Mountian


Doing the Table Mountain shuffle  JJ


In the cablecar with Lions Head in the background


We met these local ladies at Kalkies restaurant in Kalk Bay


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At the penguin colony on Boulders Beach


This picture was taken at Cape Point with some heavy mist over the point


This picture was taken at cape Point 3 minutes after the above picture.

Whoever said that Cape Point does not attract mist?  JJJJ


Walking down from the old lighthouse at Cape Point


Yes we made it to the most south western point of Africa!


Wayne enjoying some private time at the Cape of Good Hope


Mary photographing Wayne at the Cape of Good Hope.


Reversing the previous picture. JJ


Click here to see Wayne performing sabrage on Chapmans Peak
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Click here to see Wayne and Mary's thoughts about their SA holiday
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We ended our wonderful journey with a fabulous evening at the Africa Cafe

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A final tour picture of all 3 of us at the Africa Cafe

120 photographs and videos on this webpage bears testimony to the fact that this was an exceptional and wonderful tour.  Wayne and Mary were an absolute delight to tour with at all times. Wayne's incredible ability to communicate with all those around him and Mary's being the "silent rudder" that kept Wayne J as well as the tour on course made this whole journey through the Garden Route and Cape Town an absolutely fabulous experience, not only for the two of them but also for me.  The fun while travelling never stopped and everybody had great fun at all times. This really was a great tour for me to do with two very happy, friendly, upstanding citizens who wanted to enjoy as much of the Garden Route and Cape Town as possible. Overall I feel that we achieved this goal with great success.



Received 25 March 2006

Hi Selwyn,

Just a little email to TRY to express our thanks to you for a really
wonderful holiday, the experience of travelling around with you for both
Mary and I was just fantastic, and we both thought you really tuned into our
preferences quickly and made everything so easy for us to enjoy the trip.
So all we can really say is THANK YOU very much Selwyn.

Nicholas I believe has e-mailed you separately re the downloading
information which fingers crossed work for you. Nicholas will be around
until next Monday if you have any questions after that he begins HIS trip
around the world and will be away until mid June.

The flight back was smooth and Nicholas was there to meet us, and as a
surprise for us Lianne came running thru the crowds and shouted 'surprise'
,she came from Uni at Portsmouth to meet us too so as you can imagine we
chatted all the way home (about one hour)from Heathrow.

I have just read my monthly wine update from 'The Wine society' I was
telling you about, and my eyes rested on this month's article about The
society's Pinotage 2003 blended at L'avenir Estate in Stellenbosch by the
wine maker Francois Naude. How coincidental was that? 

Mary asks also that could you keep the photo's a bit longer on your drive as
the CD you gave us does not work on our computer we think this is because
you use DVD+ and we use DVD- we will get it sorted.. But may take a week or
two.. Hope that does not inconvenience you too much? (We are sure Lianne's
Mac can read them and we can burn a new one) 

Well thatís for now Selwyn, will be in touch soon, good luck on your next
tour tomorrow and don't eat peanuts from the bar hahhahahaha

All the best Wayne & of course my rudder (Mary)