Virginia and Erin Sewell

Washington State - USA

16 November 2003

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Erin had been in Cape Town for 6 months studying at UCT so I had met her quite a while before Virginia arrived in Cape Town on the 14th of November.  I met Virginia , Erin and James (Erin's boyfriend) at James's parents house in Constantia on the 16th and we set off on a Peninsula tour. We started off by travelling past Muizenberg via Boyes Drive and thereafter we went on to Yokohama House, St. James Beach and Kalk Bay.

Erin, James and Virginia are flanked by Gadija and Joan from the Money Tree Cafe where we visited when we were in Kalk Bay

We stopped in at the Olympia Theatre and then made our way to Fish Hoek.


Virginia, James and Erin above Fish Hoek beach

As we approached Simonstown it started to rain slightly however we decided to visit the penguin colony at Boulders Beach as can be seen from the next 2 photos.



We decided to have some lunch on leaving the penguin colony hoping that the cloudy wet weather would subdue and visited Bon Appetit where the above two pictures were taken.


As can be seen the weather cleared up and we had a wonderful visit to Cape Point


Erin and James having fun at Ape Point  oops Cape Point  JJ


After our visit to Cape Point we stopped in at "The Statues"


Erin, Virginia and James bargaining with Douglas about some potential purchases.


These were the statues that Virginia and Erin purchased at "The Statues"

After our visit to the Statues we made our way to Scarborough and Misty Cliffs. We then made our way back to Constantia where Virginia, Erin and James prepared themselves to go to a barbecue (Braai) at a friends house in Rondebosch.

Day 2

Table Mountain, City and Cathbert Country House.

We started our day by ascending Table Mountain

Erin does the Titanic on Table Mountain.


Doing the Table Mountain shuffle JJ


Virginia, Erin and James atop of Table Mountain


We visited the African Music Centre and while Virgin9inia tried out a djemba drum James and Erin had fun


We stopped in at the Mount Nelson and took this picture in the gardens of the hotel

Virginia decided to cover both sides while at the hotel. JJ


We travelled on to Cathbert Country House after our city tour and had dinner at the guesthouse in the evening

Day 3

Winelands and Kayamandi


We started our day with a visit to Rust en Vrede winefarm where we went through a winetasting and enjoyed the scenery on the farm

We did a tour of Stellenbosch and stopped in at De Wjjnhuis for lunch

We paid a visit to Kayamandi where the following pictures were taken

Virginia, James and Erin listen to Mzwake telling them about the Water Church in Kayamandi

The kids of Kayamandi

We moved on to the Ikamva Lethu Center where we joined the choir Bani Bagoto as the following pictures show.


We travelled back to Cathbert, took a short break and the moved on to Klein Olifantshoek for a great dinner.

That evening James and Erin stayed over at Le Ballon Rouge in Franschhoek 

Day 4

Travel to Cape Vaccas


James and Erin just before we left Cathbert Country House.


Virginia, Erin and James at Cathbert.


We said our goodbyes to James and moved on to Franschhoek where we visited the Corkscrew antique shop


Erin and Virginia with the scenic Franschhoek Valley behind them.

We travelled on to Albertinia and eventually the Gouritz River Bridge where Virginia and Erin decided to do a tandem bungy jump off the bridge.


The Gouritz bridge - Erin and Virginia did the swing jump that took them under this bridge.


The height of the jump! - Yup thats Erin and Virginia at the bottom after their jump.

We travelled on to Cape Vaccas where we stayed for the night


The fireplace in the Cape Vaccas cottage before we sat down for a dinner cooked by Katriena for us.

Virginia and Erin in the Cape Vaccas cottage - Sorry about the blurring of this photo but we tried to capture the warm feel of the cottage by using no flash when taking the photo.



Day 5

Cape Vaccas to Oudtshoorn

We enjoyed the morning at Cape Vaccas and then travelled on to Rooderandt Guesthouse in Oudtshoorn. In the evening we had dinner at Rooderandt. Here we see Virginia, Pieter Fourie and Erin in the dining room



Rooderandt had its own begging dog.  JJ


Day 6

Oudtshoorn, Swartberg, Meiringspoort



Pieter Fourie, Erin, Mallet Fourie and Virginia enjoying the early morning scenery at Rooderandt.
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We travelled on to the Rust en Vrede Waterfall where the following pictures were taken


We moved on the Swarberg Pass and took the next 2 pictures were taken


We stopped in for lunch at Oom Sampie se Plaasstal in Prince Albert

A fun picture in Prince Albert.

Shopping for Angora wool at the Prince of Africa shop in Prince Albert


On our way through Meiringspoort we stopped at the Waterfall where amongst others Erin decided to brave the cold waters as the next pictures show..


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We travelled on to Knysna and after arriving at our place of stay for the next three nights viz. Edenderry we went for a great meal to La Loerie restaurant


Day 7

World Cup rugby, Knysna and quadbiking at Botlierskop

We started our day by Erin and I watching the World Cup rugby final at Harry B's while Virginia did some shopping in the Knysna village. After this we went to Isle de Pain for lunch before moving on to Botlierskop. At Botlierskop Erin and Virginia went on a quad bike game drive before we settled down to a great buffet dinner art the game lodge.  


Hentie our ranger at Botlierskop showing Virginia and Erin how to ride a quad bike.


Whoo hee!

Practicing through the trees. 


The biking safari gets underway.  


Close encounters of a rhino kind. JJ


A great photo taken by Virginia of the giraffes on Botlierskop.


Muddy but happy faces after the quad bike ride

Dinner at Botlierskop was a blast especially when we met up with a whole group of golfers who were in George to watch the Presidents Cup golf tournament.


Sunset at Botlierskop

Drinks at dinner.

Fun at Botleirskop


This  was a wonderful day.


Day 8

Knysna and Belvedere


Breakfast at Edenderry


Virginia posing with Beauty in the Knysna Main Road.


Erin buying some curios from Ibis at the Knysna street market


Should I or should'nt  I?  JJ


We joined Renay and Lionel Booth for tea at their Belvedere Estate home.

Renay, Virginia and Erin on Belvedere

Renay, Virginia, Erin and Lionel looking up Washington State on a map of the USA


We travelled to the Knysna Heads where the above picture was taken


We had dinner at Tsala in the evening. 
Apologies for the blurry photograph

Day 9

Natures Valley, Tree Top safari and Port Elizabeth


We stopped in at Plettenberg Bay on our way down to the Storms River.


Taken in Plettenberg Bay. JJJJJ


Erin enjoying herself at a shop in the Old Nick centre in Plettenberg Bay


Erin and Virginia on Nature's Valley Beach.
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On arrival at the Stormriver Erin and Virginia went on the Treetop Canopy safari.

Erin & Virginia with their Treetop safari guides Goodman and Ricky


On arrival in Prot Elizabeth we went to our place of stay at Lemon Tree Lane and then went for dinner to the restaurant Old Austria

Virginia could not resist having this fun picture taken on our way back to Lemon Tree Lane after dinner.

Day 10

Addo and Schotia safari

We started out our day on the Addo Game Park. We enlisted the services of a "pick up guide" at the game park viz. Headman who showed us many interesting animals and facts on the game farm 

Virginia with one of the elephants on the game park in the background.


Photographing elephants on Addo.


After our drive on Addo we went on to Schotia where we had a great night game drive seeing many animal as well as the lions on Schotia.

Our ranger on Schotia, Warren teaches Erin and Virginia how to spit Blesbok dung.

The dung spitting competition begins. JJ


We had dinner at Schotia where I took this picture of Virginia and Erin in from of the marimba band in the lapa.


Day 11

Departure to Chobe


Virginia, myself and Erin before we said goodbye at the Port Elizabeth airport.

This was a great mother and daughter group top tour with. They were both wonderful people who individually brought so much to our tour so as to make it the success that it was. Wherever we travelled we had a great time together and good fun was had by all at all times. I enjoyed the tour enormously as Virginia and Erin were so easy and interesting to travel with and I can but only hope that they felt similarly to me.