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

 

Warthog

 

Wild ostrich

 

Tortoise

 

Dung beetles

 

Elephants  - Members of the Big 5

Lots, lots and lots more elephants  JJ

 

Impala 

 

Hog deer - Specially imported from Vietnam

 

Wildebeest

 

Blesbok

 

Hartman Zebra

 

Red Hartebeest

 

Giraffe

 

Rhino - Member of the big 5

 

Hippo

 

Springbok

 

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.

 
WHAT A FANTASTIC TOUR.

A HUGE, HUGE, HUGE THANKS
WAYNE AND MARY


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)

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