Lanzerac, Stellenbosch, South Africa, Sunday, 20 September


The good news this morning was that Frank and Mansur had successfully extricated the bus from the mud and were ready for another day. We all had a leisurely morning around the area before we gathered at noon for the day's activities. We drove through the lovely Stellenbosch area to the Moreson Winery. We enjoyed a delicious lunch at the outdoor restaurant followed by a winery tour and tasting.
It was all excellent. Next was some "retail therapy" at the town of Stellenbosch, where we could also see the imposing Dutch Reform Church which dominates ( what else? ) Chuch St.
Next stop was Spier, where we visited the Cheetah Outreach Program and met a couple of cheetahs up close and personal.
They are an endangered species and the program involves training dogs to protect herd animals by scaring off the cheetahs, so farmers won't destroy the cheetahs.
We had another wine-tasting at the Spier Wine Estate, before moving into the Moyo Restaurant for a very African dinner. We ate in a large tent and chose from a vast array of food, laid out on a 25 metre-long buffet. It was very outdoorsy and we wrapped in blankets under patio heaters.
There was a short entertainment of African music.
We all had our faces painted with tribal markings, which actually didn't show up well on our pale faces.
Then back to prepare for a very early morning departure ( 4am up depart 5am ).
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