sandy grasso-boyd, photographer

This February and March, six South African Rotarians and their spouses and the Friendship Force of the Cape of Good Hope  hosted us  during our month-long visit to their beautiful country. They showed us the sights in their uniquely different areas; took us to their Rotary meetings; showed us their many service projects; helped us negotiate the airport challenges; wined and dined us; and made us feel like family members in their homes. Joke Young (Somerset West),introduced us to the Cape wineries and showed the spectacular False Bay coast and penguin colony. Roger & Bridget Carthew (Kenton on Sea),were amazing hosts who in addition to hosting us in their home for four days and showing us their lovely area arranged for the four of us to go on five day journey to Sibuya Nature Reserve, Addo Elephant National Park and various other destinations on the Garden Route.  Rosemary and  other  Friendship Force members led us on an extravaganza 7 day tour of sightseeing, camaraderie and dining in Cape Town. This was followed up by several amazing safari adventures in Kruger National Park led by Lukimbi Lodge and Idube Lodge rangers and trackers.After all this,  Fred & Deirdre Kroone and Peter & Greta Dupen (Hillcrest)  showed us the 1000 Hills area near Durban, a spectacular breathtaking area, including visits to their exciting Rotary projects. All our experiences were different and rewarding. A final note: Rotarian  Carolyn Khoury met us at Joberg airport, where we had a 10-hour layover. She  drove us to see "The Cradle of Humanity," stopped for a lovely lunch and Rotarysharing,before ourrflighthome. Many,manythanksto all our new lifetime friends. 

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