Paul and Marina Williams
Terry and Pat Simmons
Cornwall - UK

J "Life begins at 55 tour" J

22 November 2004


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I met this fun-filled foursome at the Cape Town airport and after cracking a bottle of bubbly we headed off to Cape Vaccas. While driving along the N2 it soon became very apparent to me that this group were going to be a great foursome to guide through the Western Cape.


We stopped in Swellendam where we went to the Koornlands Restaurant for lunch

Terry and Paul outside the front door of Koornlands with the Union Jack in the background.


Marina, Paul, Terry and Pat enjoying a good lunch.


Dessert is served. JJJ


Now what is the name of that bird?   JJJ


Pat standing next to a sign that led to a really funny moment while we were in Swellendam



Dinner at Cape Vaccas.

After a long flight, long drive and quite a bit of strong beverages J everybody retired to bed at 10pm

Day 2

Chill out day at Cape Vaccas


Lunch on the patio at the Cape Vaccas cottage


Terry says "Now Pat I suppose you know what I am going to do with this bone?"

I'm going to try and eat it!  JJJ


Enjoying the Cape Vaccas Beach
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I saw Paul running around in the bush in the nude just before I took this photo. JJJ


The foursome starting their beach walk at Cape Vaccas


Enjoying the Indian Ocean.


On the beach.


Before dinner at CV


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In the evening we had a wonderful fish dinner at CV prepared for us by Katriena 


Day 3

Travel to Knysna via Botlierkop and on the Outeniqua Choe Choe


Before leaving CV we took this group photo with Pieter and Katrien

Terry and Marina  just before we left CV


Having fun at Botlierskop Game Reserve.  Sexy legs hey! JJ


Eating breadrolls at Botlierskop


Preparing for a quad bike safari with the ranger/guide viz. Johan 


Pat giving it stick around the corners.  JJJ


Terry coming up behind Pat


And they're off on a safari........


Some Eland seen on Botlierskop


Enjoying the buffet at Botlierskop


Pat taking a break after our visit to Botleirskop


On the Outeniqua Choe Choe




After the Choe Choe ride we went on a small shopping spree in Knysna.


Fun photo of Pat, Paul and myself


Marina having a great time shopping


Marina and Pat at the Knysna Heads


The foursome at the Knysna Heads


We returned home after our visit to the Heads where we enjoyed some Amarula on the Overmeer balcony.

Dinner at Le Loerie


Enjoying our regular evening ritual of drinking a mampoer (moonshine) on the balcony of Overmeer guesthouse


Day 4

Brenton, Belvedere, Wilderness and Knysna tour

We started our day with an early morning walk on the Brenton on Sea to Buffalo Beach. The foursome walked the 7km that can be seen on the picture journey in 65 minutes.
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The foursome after conquering JJ the Brenton on Sea walk


At Dolphin Point in the Wilderness


The girls at Dolphin Point

After our visit to Dolphin Point we paid a visit to the Map of Africa


Enjoying the woodwork at Botha and Barnard Furniture manufacturers


Shopping at the bead factory at Scarab in Sedgefield



Paul says to Terry "How am I going to send this to my other girlfriend back home without Marina knowing about it"  JJ while Pat, Marina and Dianne from Scarab share their own fun story


Having a wonderful picnic at Groenvlei Beach


The foursome at the Little Round Church at Belvedere


We met Rene Booth at her home on Belvedere (She had just arrived back from Australia)


Marina enjoying Cappuccino at the Bell Tavern at Belvedere Manor JJ


In the evening we had dinner at Serendipity in the Wilderness where the foursome were introduced to Musselcracker fish


Drinks at Serendipity got a bit tough at times as Terry's expression shows. JJ


The ladies enjoying Irish coffees at Serendipity


After dinner coffee at Serendipity


Day 5

Travel to Port Elizabeth


We started our day by visiting Tsala near to Plettenberg Bay

Paul takes the role of the Makulu (King) at Tsala. JJ


Having fun shopping in the soap shop near Plettenberg Bay

The next three fun photos were taken at the lookout point at Plettenberg Bay


Shopping at the Old Nick craft village near Plettenberg Bay


Enjoying watching the weaving machines at the craft village

"Girlie talk" on the Natures Valley Beach  JJ

Having fun on Natures Valley Beach

We bumped into a big troop of baboon at the troop of Natures Valley

Marina with Natures Valley in the background


Paul at the Bloukrans bridge. The arrow shows Paul reaction when I told him that he had to bungee jump off the bridge JJ


Terry's reaction to the tour this far!  JJ

We moved on to the Tsitsikamma National Park where the following photos were taken on the treetop canopy tour

Being briefed by Stanford who was one of the foursomes Treetop guides


Marina being setup for the canopy tour by Ricky the foursomes other Treetop guide

Fingers up and ready to go!

Theyer off!








Seems like they lost Terry along the way  JJ

and then he showed up again!  JJ


A rare sighting of a Knysna Loerie while doing the Treetop tour.


The whole squad on the treetop safari including Stanford and the young French couple who joined the ride.

After the Treetop adventure we stopped in at the Stormsriver Bridge for  late afternoon coffee and cake

Seems like the foursome liked the cakes. JJJJJJ


Hat shopping at the Stormsriver Bridge with Megan being our assistant


We went to the Ranch Restaurant for dinner and ended our evening at Lemon Tree Lane with our normal ritual of mampoer

Day 6

Addo and Schotia


We saw many elephants on the Addo Park


Pat, Terry and Elliot, our Eyethu guide viewing elephants on the Addo Park

Paul and Terry JJ photographing elephants at Addo.

We had a light picnic lunch at Zuurkops on Addo where the views were spectacular


After our 3 hour drive on Addo we moved on to Schotia Game Farm for a great game drive.


Terry views a giraffe on Schotia 


Having a drink in between game drives in the lapa at Schotia


The girls in their safari truck with Johnny, our game ranger, driving the vehicle.


Paul approaches a rhino on Schotia. (On the land Rover - Did you really think he was that brave JJ)


We then went on a very exciting lion encounter with the 8 lions on Schotia really keeping ius on our toes as can be seen from the below photos

Dinner at Schotia in the lapa

Day 7

Travel to Oudshoorn


Unfortunately I accidentally wiped some of my pictures of this day off my disc 



Sunset at Rooderandt


Dinner in the main room of Rooderandt Guest House