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2 Jun

Follow that hat

Yesterday we did a final dress rehearsal of the first of our Cape Town City Walks and had nine participants.  In spite of too little sleep, Dean was in fine form and everyone seems to have enjoyed the tour immensely.     We received valuable feedback whicWrite Like Freddy = Great Commissions, Conversions, Epc & Aff Supporth has allowed us to improve an excellent tour and make it even better.     Please let us know when you would like to accompany on of our Sex & Slaves in The City Tours. Write Like...

26 Feb

THE MALTESE CONNECTION

There’s a first time for everything. In decades of guiding I have never had guests from Malta – until this week. I am currently escorting the Zammit (extended) family around Cape Town. Yesterday we travelled along The Atlantic Seaboard, over Chapman’s Peak . . .. . . to The Cape Point Nature Reserve. We were extremely lucky with wonderful weather and I think everyone enjoyed it (even Amanda who was not feeling 100% healthy).We stopped above Smitswinkelbaai to enjoy the views across False Bay and learn a little about this...

25 Feb

The ultimate day

There is ongoing debate as to whether day 4 or day 5 of The Mountains in The Sea is the more breathtaking. It’s a tough call. Have a look at this photo taken on day 5, and formulate your own opinion. We started the trail above “Patience Bay” with views onto - and memories of - yesterday’s descent. In spite of the (very easy) ascent Ken still had a smile, and so did everyone else. Perhaps the smiles had something to do with the views that greeted us at every...

22 Feb

Stunning….continued

My apologies for the long hiatus in the blog of the epic trail of Ken, Linda, Gordon and Judy. I have been away training San (bushman) youngsters aspiring to become guides. Yes – the irony of a white man of Eastern European ancestry training bushmen how to track animals is not lost on me. This is simply another indictment on our species . . . but the story of the training is material for a separate posting. So, back to the epic walk. You will recall that everyone had been...

12 Feb

S stunning

What a day! I’m not sure how I can limit this posting to just a few pictures . . . so I may have to do two postings for the one walk. It was just too much fun and too beautiful to fit into one short post.Kili was determined to look handsome and so assumed a pose on every prominent rock. The ascent from Simonstown was much easier than everyone had been led to believe. And once at the top, the views improved all day. Here the Atlantic Ocean and...

11 Feb

A rainy day

Cape Town is known for it’s unpredictable and changing weather and we certainly experienced it today. Yesterday we walked in 30C weather (86F for those of you still stuck in the 19th century) with cloudless skies. We (most of us) were awoken at 04h30 by a very loud electric storm. By the time we started walking across the gorgeous Noordhoek Beach, the rain had abated but the weather was cool.We continued to the wreck of the Kakopo and beyond. Ken was so happy that he threw all his collected feathers...

10 Feb

Wish you were here

Contrary to weather forecasts, Tuesday was very hot. And the walk was extremely long. It didn’t take long before we were looking down onto Hout Bay and the Sentinel.We ate lunch in a shady spot with exquisite views onto the Bay as well as onto Chapman’s Peak in the cloud.We walked on with dramatic cliffs behind us. At the Col Gordon and Judy decided to descend, with Anele and Kyla showing them the way. The rest of us continued up Chapman’s Peak. Just before the top...

10 Feb

Table Mountain in the mist

I was unable to guide Monday’s walk up Table Mountain. In spite of misty weather fine views were enjoyed and Ann MacGregor pointedout some very special flowers, including our provincial flower The Red Disa. As is apparent from the photograph this flower is an orchid species. They also saw the incongruously delicate Gladiolus carneus – "the painted lady". Everyone in the party did very well and enjoyed a grand meal at Buitenverwachting that evening....

1 Feb

I must go down to the sea again

No – it’s not the famous one by John Masefield. . . I was thinking more about Spike Milligan’s immortal lines:"I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky; I left my shoes and socks there - I wonder if they're dry?"Which are in fact more appropriate lines for our stroll on Buffels Bay Beach at the Spring high-tide on Friday! In all honesty, though, on this fifth and last day of walking I did think of paraphrasing the bard:Once more onto...