Dario and Alva Sodero

Calgary - Canada

11 February 2008

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I met Dario and Alva at the George airport and it was like meeting old friends as we had been is such wonderful email correspondence before their African adventure. We travelled to Cape Vaccas where on arrival Katrien and Pieter had organised a wonderful home cooked  fish dinner for us. We had a great evening just sitting around the dinner table in the Cape Vasccas cottage talking and enjoying Katrien,s great cuisine.


Day 2

Cape Vaccas - Travel to Knysna


On an early morning  beach walk with the Cape Vaccas cottage in the background


Building an inukshuk on Cape Vaccas


Cape Vaccas, South Africa meets Calgary, Canada. JJ


The final proud Canadian product.


With Pieter, Katrien and Chadwin before leaving Cape Vaccas



Dario and Alva enjoying the Wilderness beaches


At the Map of Africa outside of the Wilderness


At the Scarab "elephant dung to paper" factory


Having fun under the Scarab Beetle outside of Sedgefield


Outside of Firefly where we had a fabulous curry dinner with Dell and her staff

Day 3

Aljes; Treetops; Bloukrans; The Heads; Zest


At Plettenberg Bay


Enjoying lunch at Alje's


Boela takes as serious interest in the food on the table  JJ


With Alje outside of his forest home


Getting ready to go Canopy Treetop flying


Flying through the trees



At the Bloukrans Bridge


Having fun at the Heads in Knysna


Enjoying Don Pedros at Zest restaurant

Day 4

Travel to Cathbert


Breakfast at Overmeer


Thinking about bungi jumping from the Gouritz River Bridge. JJ


Alva enjoying Bobotie at Le Belle Alliance in Swellendam


Alva checks on the birds spotted list at Le Belle Alliance in Swellendam


The Soderos contemplate Swellendam property prices.


We arrive at Cathbert Country Inn at 17h00 after a wonderful scenic 6 hour drive, settled in and met for dinner in the Cathbert lounge at 19h30


Celebrating Valentines day at Cathbert Country House

Day 5

Winelands and Kayamandi

We started our day with a visit to the Afrikaans Language Monument


Dario admiring some king proteas at the Afrikaans Language Monument


Enjoying a wine tasting at Seidelberg winefarm


Having fun on Seidelberg wine farm


We stopped in at the Lucky Store where we had fishcakes for lunch.


After lunch at the Lucky Store we moved on to the township of  Kayamandi

Dario having fun with some of the kids in Kayamandi


Enjoying the ballroom dancers performance at the Ikamva Lethu Centre




Walking with Lily through Kayamandi



Listening to Lily's life story in her Kayamandi home


Dario and some of the kids of Kayamandi


Having dinner at Les Bon Vivant in Franschhoek



Day 6

Travel to Cape Town

We drove from Cathbert to Cape Town where once Dario and Alva had settled in to the next place of stay viz. Davids I took them to the Cape Town waterfront where they left to visit Robben Island. In the evening Dario and Alva had dinner at Marios restaurant in Green Point.

Day 7

Cape Peninsula


We started out our day with an ascent of Table Mountain where the next photos were taken






We stopped in to visit Just Nuisance in Simonstown


Buying local craft in the Simonstown 


Next stop was a rather windy penguin colony at Boulders Beach




We arrived at Cape Point to find that the funicular was not working so Dario and Alva ascended the point by foot


At the Cape of Good Hope



We stopped in at "The Statues" near Scarborough




Dario and Alva above Noordhoek beach


Dario enjoying Chapmans Peak


Alva meditates on Chapmans Peak JJ


Dario says "goodbye cruel world" on Chapmans Peak JJ


Dario conquers Chapmans peak JJ


We travelled on to the Atlantic Sea board and made our way to Gold Restaurant in the city centre


Alva being face painted by Henriette at the Gold restaurant


Alva all painted up. JJ


Please click on the above picture to see the dancing that took place at Gold Restaurant
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Please click on the above picture to hear Dario and Alva's opinion about their garden Route/Cape Town journey
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Travelling with Dario and Alva was a true blessing. They were such a wonderful and happy couple to have with me in my vehicle. Much information was shared by us all and the meaning of rocks to me has now changed forever after having been in Dario's company. What an amazing experience this was for me. The three of us had so many wonderful experiences together that this really wIll be a most memorable tour which will be quite difficult to duplicate.




A huge thank you for your generous for the education of a child in Kayamandi