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Postby judgegeoff » 08 Mar 2015 19:15

Thanks for your good wishes. We spent the day at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and had terrific meals. Chris got bombed by a seagull - I told her that it was a sign of good luck - Chris did not share my view! We are meeting up with my brother-in-law, Danny, tomorrow and he will give us a tour of the City. Danny is Swiss and is a Government registered tour guide and is in Cape Town having finished a tour with some German tourists today. Weather is still perfect.
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Postby JollyJill » 08 Mar 2015 19:21

judgegeoff wrote:Thanks for your good wishes. We spent the day at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and had terrific meals. Chris got bombed by a seagull - I told her that it was a sign of good luck - Chris did not share my view! We are meeting up with my brother-in-law, Danny, tomorrow and he will give us a tour of the City. Danny is Swiss and is a Government registered tour guide and is in Cape Town having finished a tour with some German tourists today. Weather is still perfect.


Well they do say it's not you know but who you know Geoff. ;) Lucky you to have a member of the family as a guide. :mrgreen:
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Postby judgegeoff » 08 Mar 2015 19:43

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judgegeoff wrote:Thanks for your good wishes. We spent the day at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and had terrific meals. Chris got bombed by a seagull - I told her that it was a sign of good luck - Chris did not share my view! We are meeting up with my brother-in-law, Danny, tomorrow and he will give us a tour of the City. Danny is Swiss and is a Government registered tour guide and is in Cape Town having finished a tour with some German tourists today. Weather is still perfect.


Well they do say it's not you know but who you know Geoff. ;) Lucky you to have a member of the family as a guide. :mrgreen:

Yes, Danny is now qualified to guide tours in all areas of RSA. He mostly conducts tours of German speaking tourists as he is Swiss German. He gets to stay in some fabulous hotels and game reserves, but the down side is that he away from home for most of the time. He sometimes guides tourists from cruise ships.
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Re: Holiday in South Africa

Postby Camela » 08 Mar 2015 20:52

A cruise from CPT is on our list so will find out if your BIL (I hate these acronyms!) is likely to do any planned excursions.
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Re: Holiday in South Africa

Postby Peka » 09 Mar 2015 21:53

:o glad you made it eventually.... would have been more worrying if the left phalange was missing :!: never mind any anti-collision thingybobs!

Have a great time. :)
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Postby tobysgranny » 11 Mar 2015 10:44

Looks as though you and Chris are enjoying yourselves. Loving your piccies on FB.

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Re: Holiday in South Africa

Postby judgegeoff » 15 Mar 2015 03:52

Camela wrote:A cruise from CPT is on our list so will find out if your BIL (I hate these acronyms!) is likely to do any planned excursions.


Danny is Swiss/German and specialises in taking parties of German speaking tourists on long (3 weeks or so) tours. He loves his job and gets to stay in some fantastic game reserves and resorts etc.

However, he lives in Stormsriver, a lovely little village on the edge of the Tsitsikamma National Marine Park, on the lovely Garden Route. It is a 2 day drive from Cape Town, so it would not be practical for him to do short excursions from there.

However, if you are interested Camela, I could ask him if he knows any guides in the Cape Town area who could tailor make an excursion there for you.

We were just fortunate that Danny had completed a tour in Cape Town whilst we were there and so was able to take us on a very personal tour of that lovely City.
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Re: Holiday in South Africa

Postby sevenseascoaster » 15 Mar 2015 09:57

Lucky to have such a specialist personal guide Geoff :) all sounds lovely, so much to see in South Africa, continue you and Chris to enjoy it.
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Postby judgegeoff » 27 Mar 2015 19:30

Chris and I, ably assisted/hampered by Bedford Bear, are finally on the last day of our South African holiday. We have spent 3 weeks touring the Western and Eastern Cape areas as well as the arid Karoo. We travelled over 2,750km over roads that, embarrassingly, are in much better condition than our UK roads. We have been made most welcome by the friendliest of people, have seen some amazing animals (we visited or stayed in 5 National Parks/Game Reserves) and ate some wonderful food. In short, we have had a truly magical time.

Tomorrow morning we will drop off our hire car at Cape Town Airport and take a taxi to the Port to embark on the "MSC Opera" for the sail back to Venice. En-route we will be calling in at St. Helena, Lanzarote, Cadiz, Valletta, Corfu and Dubrovnik.

Our cameras have recorded all our wonderful experiences and I shall be completing reports and reviews shortly after we return home. And gosh, have we got some things to share with you!!!
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Postby JollyJill » 27 Mar 2015 19:42

judgegeoff wrote:Chris and I, ably assisted/hampered by Bedford Bear, are finally on the last day of our South African holiday. We have spent 3 weeks touring the Western and Eastern Cape areas as well as the arid Karoo. We travelled over 2,750km over roads that, embarrassingly, are in much better condition than our UK roads. We have been made most welcome by the friendliest of people, have seen some amazing animals (we visited or stayed in 5 National Parks/Game Reserves) and ate some wonderful food. In short, we have had a truly magical time.

Tomorrow morning we will drop off our hire car at Cape Town Airport and take a taxi to the Port to embark on the "MSC Opera" for the sail back to Venice. En-route we will be calling in at St. Helena, Lanzarote, Cadiz, Valletta, Corfu and Dubrovnik.

Our cameras have recorded all our wonderful experiences and I shall be completing reports and reviews shortly after we return home. And gosh, have we got some things to share with you!!!

It sounds wonderful Geoff and I can't wait to hear all about it.

Meanwhile, have a great cruise on Opera. :)
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