Rick, Alex and Fran at Denver airport, about to leave.  Martin joined them in South Africa a week or so later.

Rick tucking into breakfast at Des Amis guest house in Pretoria.

Rick and Alex at the Blyde River Canyon, on their way to Elephant Plains Game Lodge.

The swimming pool at Elephant Plains – still warm enough to use in the middle of winter.

An elephant at the eponymous Elephant Plains.

Cape buffalo at a watering hole, Elephant Plains

Leopard and her cub, Elephant Plains.  Rick and Alex had no idea how lucky they were to see this.

Black rhinoceros, Elephant Plains.

Giraffe grazing on an acacia tree, Elephant Plains

Fran, Martin, Alex and Rick reunited at Martin's sister Hannah's house in Johannesburg

Martin at the Melville Turret bed & breakfast in Jo'burg

Rick, Alex, Olive and Jö (Martin's niece and borther-in-law) exploring the Sterkfontein Caves

Martin's aunt Anna, Fran and Alex at The Cradle, a restaurant near Sterkfontein Caves

Fran on the terrace at The Cradle.

Alex and Fran at the house that we rented at Bot River, near Hermanus

Alex and Martin at the house at Bot River

Alex, Fran and Rick with David and Christine (Martin's dad and mom) at their home in Villiersdorp

A very windy day at the Franschoek Pass.  From the left:  Olive, Hannah, J
ö, Bram (in front), Rick, Alex, Fran, Christine and David.

Olive, Rick and Alex in the garden at La Petite Ferme, a very nice restaurant in Franschhoek.

Alex, Olive, Bram and Rick at the old harbour, Hermanus.

Christine, Rick and Alex at the Harbour Café, Hermanus.

Bram and Alex in the ocean at Hermanus (still the middle of winter).

Olive deep in contemplation on the beach at Hermanus.

Rick topping out on Arrow Final, a climb that he did with Martin on Table Mountain

Rick on top of Table Mountain, with Lion's Head and Cape Town down below.

The view south from the top of Table Mountain, looking towards the Twelve Apostles.

Rick at the lower cableway  station, with Table Mountain behind him.

Rick and Alex at the lookout on Chapman's Peak Drive

Rick, Fran's brother Guy and his son Jacques hiking at Constantia Nek, with Hout Bay below.

Christine, Bram, David,
Jö and Martin at Cape Town airport, just before Martin's return to Denver.

Alex and Fran at the Robberg Peninsula, near Plettenberg Bay.

Parking attendants, Grahamstown.  Fran, Alex and Rick were there with Fran's sister and her family for the Grahamstown Arts Festival.

Alex, her cousin Katie, and the egg-man in Gramhamstown

Alex with her cousins Nicole and Laura at Cape St. Francis

At  St. Francis Bay:  Berna (Guy's wife), Guy, Lindsay (Fran's sister), Lindsay's husband Robin, and Fran.

At  St. Francis Bay:  Alex and Rick with their cousins Carole, Nicole, Laura, Katie and Jacques.

At  St. Francis Bay:  Nicole, Laura, Alex, Carole and Katie.

Redstone Hills near Oudtshoorn, where Fran, Rick and Alex stayed on their way back to Cape Town.

Fran (and Alex in the background) on the ferry to Robben Island

The classic view of Table Mountain from the Robben Isalnd ferry.