Monday, 23 June 2014
Saturday, 21 June 2014
After our ship adventure, we decided to do a bit of coastal exploration before going on to a very long trip that would have taken us through Swaziland, through the Kruger Park to Pafuri and then parallel with the Botswana border. Then, our plan was to enter Botswana and visit the Tuli area to see what is there that may interest Bushdrifters.From the Tuli area, we planned to go to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and spend a week or so there before moving up to the Bwabwata National Park just over the border in Namibia and from there along the Okavango River to Ruacana and from there on to Epupa Falls. We would then go through Kaokoland and Damaraland in Namibia down south to Palmwag and the through Etosha and Grootfontein to the eastern parts of Namibia to explore the Bushmanland areas before finally going to the Kgalagadi.All these plans had to be put on the future list because our third partner in the Website business died unexpectedly while in Sodwana Bay and we had to go home to Pretoria for the funeral and to get our business plans in order, so that we can go on the road again.The tour we made after the ship is described below.
The lagoon is real beautiful with tame seabirds and canoes that can be used for exploring the wildlife around the lagoon right up to the beach. There is also angling opportunities for those who like to catch a fish for the pan.
|Camping sites are on grass with most sites having very good shade. Clean ablutions and good security makes this a good choice for longer stays.|
From St Lucia, we went to Cape Vidal for a day and enjoyed the natural scenery so much that we decided to go a second day. In the picture above, you see one of the many pools with hippos in the park.
Here you can see hippos and buffaloes in one of the pools in the park.
Zebras near a pool in the park.
A beautiful Kudu in the Isismangaliso Wetland Park in South Africa.
Friday, 20 June 2014
Thursday, 19 June 2014
Wednesday, 18 June 2014
Tuesday, 10 June 2014
For us, used to the Kalahari after four months in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park's remote camps, to embark on a luxury trip on a mighty big vessel sailing that big, blue, huge dam with the restless water, was quite an experience. Something totally different and not very Africa-like.
But, after a while we adapted and started enjoying everything the ship's crew threw at us. From grand accommodation, to very tasty meals, to grand shows and wonderful cocktails in a number of bars and lounges with friendly waitresses making sure you do not run dry.
Being a camper, sometimes I sensed some people consider us campers to be the poor set on the nature travelling scene and I wondered what they would think if they could see us operating on this golden ship for a change.
Durban Harbor from the MSC Opera.
Still in Durban Harbor getting acquainted with our cabin and the view.
Checking out the ship's offerings. A mighty vehicle built for comfort and opulence.
The pools area where all kinds of fun entertainment is offered with passengers joining in the fun and games.
One of the eating places on the ship. Here you can eat and drink day and night, free and nonstop.
Next day, we went to Mozambique Island near Maputu Harbor for a picnic offered by MSC on the Island where they have built some great facilities for such a day outing of fun and games. At first, the sea was a bit choppy, but later on things improved and we were transported to the island with little rubber ducks like the approaching one you can see on this picture. Quite a choppy ride, but great fun.
Some of the locals set up stalls on the island selling all kinds of trinkets and some potent rum and tasty 3M Beer. Rubber ducks constantly travelled between the ship and the island, carrying people to and from the ship. A real colourful affair with lots of jokes and fun among the passengers.
Passengers sitting on the decks under umbrellas enjoying some of the great food and the company of fellow passengers and some locals.
Staff dishing up for hungry passengers. All the food was prepared on the ship, except the braai meat and transported with rubber ducks to the island - a major operation.
There was even a melon artist among the staff, dishing out some of the sweetest watermelon I ever tasted. A very welcome treat in the hot weather.
Arriving back at the ship. For us it was quite fun to be on a half-empty ship until the others arrived.
Back in Durban Harbor! The trip is over and we planned to explore the bush along the coast from Port Edward right up to Kosi Bay