Day 10 – Coffee Bay to Port St Johns – 18th September


We got up reasonably early and took a walk down to the beach for the customary photos before setting off about 10.00 for the drive to Port St Johns. Although cloudy, the weather wasn’t too bad and the drive there went through some pretty good scenery especially the closer we got to our destination. It took a bit longer to get there than it should do due to major road works in a few places but we were in no real hurry so was ok.

Port St John’s is at the end of a river estuary which flows into the Indian Ocean with some lovely views though not much of an accessible beach. The town is not great so pretty much like most of them in this section of the trip but as ever, has a lot of B&Bs / guest houses catering for us travellers. Our B&B wasn’t great…

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A couple of days in Cape Town

Some more news from Brian


When we arrived in South Africa, Elsa and I intended to visit Cape Town on quite a few occasions. However, due to there being a lot to do in the Stellenbosch area, we had only got round to going once previously to meet up with some friends who were over from London. So last week, we booked a hotel and went into town to spend Monday and Tuesday there.

On previous holidays in South Africa, we have visited most of the sights and places in the Cape Town area, so we decided to just focus on the rejuvenated Kloof Street. Long Street and surrounding area.

Long Street is in the centre of Cape Town and is basically a collection of bars, nightclubs, restaurants and shops. Apparently at night, this is the place for young people and clubbing – but with me being neither young or a clubber, we decided to just…

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Food and music

Another of Brian’s posts, with lots of nice pictures of the family!


This week we have visited a few restaurants and also had a picnic at wine estate which had music from a local band playing cover songs.

On Wednesday we visited a restaurant called Rust en Vrede for lunch. It is on the slopes of the Helderberg mountains and is rated in the top 10 of all South African restaurants and is also where Nelson Mandela had his Nobel Prize lunch – but he probably had a slightly different menu from us as we had the lunch time special! It was a good meal in a very nice setting so was well worth the visit. My only gripe is a common one at the wine farm restaurants – they don’t sell lager as they only sell their own wine, which makes sense from a commercial viewpoint but doesn’t help non-wine drinkers like me. Therefore we had to stop at a bar / restaurant at the…

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Babylonstoren in Drakenstein Valley and Country Guest House Concert

Another lovely post from Brian!


Since my last post, Elsa and I have been relaxing a bit more (if that is possible when you’re not working!) now that we are more into a general routine. However, we have still been out and about to visit Babylonstoren and attend a concert at the Country Guest House by some well known local musicians.

We went to Babylonstoren last Tuesday, the 17th March, which given all the greenery of the vegetable gardens, orchards and the surrounding vineyards was pretty apt for St Patrick’s Day (though there wasn’t any Guinness or leprechauns in sight!). This farm is one of the oldest in the Cape area and is situated in the Drakenstein Valley. As well as the very impressive fruit and vegetable gardens, it also has a renowned restaurant and hotel. We visited in mid afternoon so didn’t use the restaurant but made use of the cafe, which is situated…

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The last couple of weeks

Brian’s latest update!


Here is a quick update on what we’ve been up to for the last couple of weeks. Sadly, I had to go back to the UK for my brothers funeral for a week or so, but Elsa kept up with the visits to vineyards and restaurants in my absence – although this was as much to assess places and food for her blog, (go to if you want to see what she thinks of them), as to just enjoy the day/night out.

The day before I left for the UK, I went to watch our nephew, Gerald, play for his school cricket team in a T20 match. The level, compared to what I remember from when I was at school, was quite good although cricket is one of the core sports here whereas cricket isn’t taken as seriously at schoolboy level in the UK.

I left for the UK on…

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