Category Archives: Africa

Shakaland Village

Sunday, January 14, 2018 We docked this morning in Richards Bay, South Africa, and had signed up for an excursion to Shakaland Cultural Village. It’s part of a set for the mini-series, “Shaka Zulu,” which was filmed in the mid-1980’s. … Continue reading

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Where’s My Maitai!?

Saturday, January 13, 2018 We decided we were thirsty for maitais, but when we asked for them, we were told the couldn’t be served while we were in port in Durban. We asked several people why this was, even searched … Continue reading

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South African Birds of Prey

According to my smart phone, today is Thursday, January 11, 2018 We’re sailing to Durban today, will dock tomorrow morning. The day is warm and sunny, also windy. We tried to walk on the Promenade Deck, but were blown so … Continue reading

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The Friendly City of South Africa

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 We arrived at Port Elizabeth this morning. The town was named, not for British royalty, but for the wife Sir Rufane Donkin, a governor of the port in the early 1800’s. Elizabeth had died in 1818 … Continue reading

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The Ostrich Capital of the World

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 Our ship docked in Mossel Bay, the bay of mussels, this morning. The name dates back to 1595 or 1601, depending on which story you believe. Mossel Bay is part of the Garden Route, of South … Continue reading

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Mother City of South Africa

Saturday, January 5, 2018 This was a long travel day. Again, there were three legs to our flight. First, we returned to the small airport at Xakanaxa where we boarded a 12 passenger plane that took us to Maun. Mark … Continue reading

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Kasane Heat

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 There was a beautiful full moon over the channel at Xakanaxa this morning. After breakfast, we were taken to the airport for transport to Maun where we will reconnect with the South Africa DC-3 South Africa … Continue reading

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