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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
THANKS VIRGINIA AND ERIN FOR THE GREAT TIME THAT WE HAD TOGETHER.