West Africa heading south.
01.02.2016 - 13.02.2016
Feb 1 Sao Tome We had a tour to a banana plantation. This was a Monday and it looked like it was national wash the clothes day. Every stream we went past the ladies and kids were in the water washing and laying the clothes on rocks to dry.
Went to a blowhole site on the shore for a taste of coconut water. The blow hole was very small but the coast was beautiful.
Visited the cocoa production ware house to see the bean drying process. This was in the main village which also had a small school.
Then went to the Sao Joao plantation house. After a tour of the site we headed into the house for lunch. The house has been converted to a B&B and is known for its Santomean cuisine. The chef (and owner) prepared local fish, meats and vegetables over wood burning stoves. The lunch was fantastic!!
Feb 3 Luanda, Angola Did not have a tour but took a shuttle into town.
Feb 6 Walvis Bay, Namibia ROGER'S 70TH BIRTHDAY!!!! Roger did an off-road excursion of the Namib desert. I went into town for shopping
Feb 7 Luderitz, Namibia Took a tour of the Kolmanskop Ghost Town. In 1908, a railway worker found a diamond laying on the sand surface and started a diamond rush. The town had hospital, ballroom, casino and bowling alley. The town was abandoned after WW1 when diamond sales plummeted. It was difficult to see much of the town because there was a huge sand storm blowing.
Feb 9-10 Cape Town On the 9th, Did a tour to Table Mtn via Cable Car. Very scenic.
Roger was able to find a geo cache on top of the mountain. Happy guy
Back at the port, we went to the Victoria & Albert Waterfront Shopping Mall. It was very nice. Had a swinging bridge for crossing an inlet. Had dinner at a KFC. Tasted good.
On the 10th we did a tour to Stellabosch college town. A very quiet, pleasant place away from the ship. Had coffee at a street cafe. We then went to Neethlingshof Estate Winery for tastings. Tasted 2 whites and 3 reds. They were OK but not good enough to buy.
Feb 12 Port Elizabeth, S. Africa We had signed up for an Elephant ride but was cancelled. Instead, went to the Addo Elephant Park 4X4 tour. Saw many zebras, wart hogs, 3 kinds of antelope and many elephants.
Feb 13 East London, S. Africa No tour scheduled. Took the shuttle to a large mall for some shopping. This evening and all night, had a major storm with 80K winds, rain and high seas. The captain had to do some route changes to keep us stable which caused a 2 hour delay into Durban.
Durban is the port that starts the safari which will be the next entry.
Linda & Roger