Jim and Beth Unger

Madison - Georgia - USA

14 December 2003

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I met Jim and Beth at the George airport on the 14th and after getting to know each other we made our way Knysna and Overmeer Guesthouse where we were about to stay for the next 3 nights.  Jim and Beth were quite tired after their long ride to Africa so on arrival at Overmeer and after a short break we visited the lake Pleasant restaurant for an early dinner


Day 2
15 December 2003

 

We started our day by visiting the Knysna Heads where I took the above photo.

After our visit to the Knysna Heads we were joined by Ludwig and Riette, the owners of Overmeer guesthouse who would be accompanying us for the rest of our tour on the day.

 

Riette, Ludwig, Beth and Jim at the Belvedere Church

After our visit to the Belvedere Church we stopped in at Renay and Lionel Booth for tea, scones and delicious koeksisters. After our delightful tea with the Booths Renay took us on a walking tour of the Belvedere coastline and promenade.

Enjoying tea and conversation under the vines at the Booth's home on Belvedere

 

Renay, Jim, Beth and Lionel on the banks of the lagoon at Belvedere

 

In front of the Booth home.

After our visit to Belvedere we moved on to Botlierskop where Jim, Beth, Riette and Ludwig went on a quad bike safari. All was going well up to the point where Beth accidentally fell off her quad bike and hurt her arm as well as grazed her face. Beth showed amazing courage as we took her to the Mossel Bay Medical clinic to be attended to and within an hour she was right as rain and back on Botlierskop for a great dinner. After this event Beth showed her true grit as she did not let any pain get in her way of enjoying her tour

Steve McQueen beware - Jim's on the quad bike prowl! J

 

There off!  J

Dinner at Botlierskop with Ludwig and Riette


Day 2
16 December

 

We started our day with a visit to Plettenberg Bay.
Please use your arrow l\keys to view this panoramic photo.

 

At Natures Valley Beth decided to "test" the temperatures of the Indian Ocean. JJ

 

Jim and Beth with Natures Valley in the background

 

The Ungers at the BIG YELLOWWOOD tree in the Tsitsikamma Forest.

 

Jim at the information board next to the big tree - 800 years old!

 

On our way back to Knysna we stopped in for tea/lunch at the Plettenberg Hotel 

On returning to Knysna we had a short break and then went to la Loerie for a great dinner.


Day 3
17 December

 

Before leaving Overmeer we took this picture from the guesthouse with the Knysna Heads in the background.

 

We stopped in at the Aloe Factory on our way back to Franschhoek. Here we see Beth tasting aloe juice.

 

Jim and Beth in front of the imposing Dutch Reformed Church in Swellendam

 

On our arrival at Cathbert we took a break and then had a wonderful dinner at the guesthouse prepared by chef extraordinaire  Ann Morley.


Day 4
18 December

 

We had this picture taken before leaving Cathbert.

 

Beth at the side of the "basket man" at Tokara restaurant

 

The Ungers on the balcony of Tokara with the Stellenbosch valley in the background.

 

On our way to Rust en Vrede I took this photo of Beth at the Mooiberg strawberry farm.

 

Beth and Jim in front of the Rust en Vrede winefarm manor house.

We travelled on to Stellenbosch and did a short tour of the town. We also had a light lunch at a pavement cafe in Stellenbosch. After these events ewe moved on to Kayamandi where the following photos were taken.

 

Having fun with the choir at the Ikamva Lethu centre

Beth and Unati from the Bani Bagoto choir (Children of peace) dancing the day away. JJ

 

After our visit to Kayamandi we went for dinner to the restaurant Moyo. What an experience this truly was. The following pictures show how much Jim and Beth enjoyed the fabulous evening at Moyo's

 

Jim being face decorated. JJ

 

How about a dot right there!  JJ

 

Beth enjoys the music from the Mbira player.

We left Moyo rather late and made our way back to Avanti in Cape Town where Jim and Beth would enjoy and overnight stay.


Day 5
19 December

 

We packed up at Avanti and started a Cape Peninsula Tour. I took this photo of the Ungers at Muizenberg.

 

Jim and Beth at the Olympia Cafe Theater after having alight meal at the Money Tree Restaurant.

 

Jim reliving his war years in Simonstown. JJ

 

The Ungers at the penguin colony at Boulders Beach

 

The Ungers at Cape Point

 

In the funicular leaving Cape Point.

 

Beth and Jim with Lions Head, Table Mountain and Camps Bay in the background

 

Atop of Table Mountain

 

Sunset on Table Mountain

 

Beth imitates the Statue of Liberty. JJ

 

After our visit to Table Mountain we stopped in at the Africa Cafe for dinner. Here we see Beth and Jim having fun with the singing staff at the Cafe

 

Dinner at the Africa Cafe.

 

After our visit to the Africa Cafe I took the Jim and Beth to the Royal Princess cruise liner on which they would be continuing their journey to Antarctica.


This was such a wonderful tour that it is hard to find words to describe it. It certainly was a relaxing journey through the Garden Route, Cape Winelands and Cape Town as we never pushed to see "more" and did all our touring very qualitatively. Jim and Beth were wonderful people and what fabulous travelers they turned out to be. Their company was most enjoyable and their sense of appreciation as to what Cape Town and South Africa could offer them was absolutely amazing. Our parting ways at the cruise liner was very hard for me but then thats the penalty that a tourguide who becomes a good friend of his visitors has to pay. L  Come back Jim and Beth!

 

WHAT A FABULOUS TOUR

THANKS A TON JIM AND BETH!


 Received 24 December 2003

We are still raving about our wonderful adventure with you and all of the accompanying accommodations and venues. We've seen Denise, Jack and Inez often and today spent the afternoon oo-ing and aah-ing at Tristan da Cunha and the islands nearby on an absolutely perfect day.

My friends in the States have already responded to your pictures on the website- they are in awe of all of the beauty in S. Africa. 

My scars and bruises have almost vanished; stitches are being removed tomorrow. 

We can't thank you enough for the wonderful visit and we do have some ideas for gifts for Kayamandi. We will share them with you when we return to the States.

In the meantime, we wish you and Bette a very happy and blessed New Year! Have a lovely time with your friends at the Christmas dinner!

Thanks and love, 

Jim and Beth

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