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 
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Sunset at Rooderandt

 

Dinner in the main room of Rooderandt Guest House

 


 

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