Plettenburg Bay - Kranshoek,
16th to 17th October 2007

My time in Plett was really special.

Plett is a very safe district - unlike the cities like Johannesburg and Durban - people still treat it like part of the "old South Africa" and it is a favoured destination for travellers.

The four star Ocean Watch guest house was up to its unusually high standard - unlike my Bloemfontein experience - and the memorable moments with the Griquas at Kranshoek were too many to count.

Image right: One of the Griqua elders gets a copy of "Children of the Mist"

It was lovely to meet up with prominent Griqua leader Cecil le Fleur and Paramount Chief Alan le Fleur and the festivities that they put on on the night of my book launch were exceptionally good. The Griqua choir, the singing of the Griqua National Anthem by the entire community and the handing out of individual books to the community's elders was the highlight of this amazing trip.

In my spare time I visited Knysna and was again bewitched by the region's beauty and the enormous chasm between rich and poor - best demonstrated by the housing slums on the outskirts of Knysna and the affluent homes at the Twin Heads.

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16th If you go to Grahamstown you have to see the Observatory Museum - the Camera Obscura (c1880) works perfectly and is a sight to behold - involving the famous naturalist Dr Atherstone (I now own part of his collection); book signing at Reditts Book store  and the beautiful scenery on the road to Plett

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17th A memorable trip through the beautiful Knysna; the book launch at Kranshoek - Scott talking to Paramount Chief Alan le Fleur

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