Norris and Lynn Sturgeon
Ann & Steve Swannack
Stephanie Swannack

Washington State and Idaho - USA

4 October 2009

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I met this great group of 5 Americans at Davids Guesthouse and after a short while we were all set to start touring Cape Town. We decided to do a Peninsula tour on our first day and set out on this journey


Norris, Lynn, Ann, Steve and Stephanie atop of Muizenberg


The group took the Watertaxi with Karl Werksman on board from Kalk Bay to Simonstown






At the penguin colony on Boulders Beach







At Cape Point with the Cape of Good Hope in the background


At Cape Point


At the Cape of Good Hope



Collecting rocks on the beach at the Cape of Good Hope







The whole group plus myself outside Davids Guesthouse


Shopping at the Teabag factory



Stephanie decides on saying "Goodbye cruel world" on Chapmans Peak - She changed her mind after a while JJJ


A funny sign we saw in Hout Bay where the advertiser obviously was not too good at doing varnishing.  JJ


We stopped in for a great lunch at Zoerienas in the Bo-Kaap area


Ann enjoying a hanging chair in the Fire and Ice Hotel


We stpopped in at Muratie winefarm where we tasted and bought some wonderful wines.



Ann looking very comfortable at Muratie


We moved onto Kayamandi where we vsisted the local community.

Enjoying spending time with the dancegroup at the Ikamva Lethu Centre






We spent time with Lily in her home where she told us her life story





We visted Zone J where amonst others we joined the community of the St Pauls Church in a church service



Stephanie handing out apples on our fruit for trash project in Zone J.


We ended our journey with a wonderful meal at De Volkskombuis (The public kitchen)
Our meal consisted of Bobotie (Traditional Cape Malay mincemeat and sweet curry dish), Waterblommetjie Bredie (Waterflower stew) and Chicken Pie.

The Sturgeons and Swannacks were two fabulous families to travel with. Everybody in the group had so much to bring to the tour that it simply had to work. We had wonderful experiences together be it from seeing spectacular scenery to singing in a township church. All in all I can but only hope that a fabulous experience was had by all; I certainly know that my time with these two wonderful families certainly represented two memorable days that are going to be hard to forget.



and a BIG THANK YOU from the people of Kayamandi for your very kind generosity

Received 13 October 2009



What a great experience! We are putting together the photos and videos from 5 different cameras. Ann and Steve are planning a presentation to their church and I am sure our visit to Kaymandi will be a highlight.

I am making a list of special menu items we had for my chef. I was
consistently amazed at the quality of the food, service and presentations we experienced.

You made such a difference in our trip to South Africa. We never would have been able to see as much on our own, much less find such interesting places to shop and dine.

Thank you so much!




Received 14 September 2010



As we approach the one year anniversary of our trip to South Africa, I
wanted to thank you again for your wonderful hospitality!

We all had such a great time, due in no small part to your help in Cape
Town. I am still trying to duplicate the meal we had at the Malay
restaurant. It is hard to find the chutney's and even the proper spices.
Of course, it may have been the friends and location that made it so

Steve did a presentation to his church on our visit to Kayamandi. That
truly was the highlight of our time in South Africa. People like yourself
make traveling such an eye opening experience.

Thanks again.

Norris Sturgeon