Posts Tagged "Africa"

Suez Canal

April 3, 2015, found us at the South mouth of the Suez Canal with a view of Suez City. We were to start our transit of the canal at 11:00am but did not get underway until 4 in the afternoon, so we were anchored with other ships waiting to line up to join the northbound convoy. The canal goes from sea to sea without any locks that divides the African Continent and the Sinai Peninsula, which is mostly barren desert. It is walled with a great military presence and many military outposts, with guard towers, can be seen along the shores. We passed some green areas on the African side that were...

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Walvis Bay, Namibia

The morning of April 4, 2014 found is docked in Walvis Bay, Namibia, on the edge of the Namib Desert on the coast of southern Africa. We took a Land Rover tour into the desert to see some of the creatures that reside there. On our way out we passed many small single family homes on the outskirts of Walvis Bay, situated between the desert and the ocean. We traveled in a convoy of 6 vehicles which made stops when the guide spotted a creature or trail. Our first sighting was a sidewinder that lives among the few plants that are there. Next we came across a Chameleon trail that led over the...

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Cape Town, South Africa (Day 2)

On April 2. 2014, we woke to see the table cloth, clouds covering and flowing over the top, on Table Mountain. Today we went up on Table Mountain to get the views of Cape Town from above the city. We got our tickets to the cable car which held about 50 people at a time and the floor rotates as you ascend the mountain. The total ride last 4 minutes and the scenery on the way up was outstanding. Once on top the temperature and wind made it very cold but the views were well worth the trip. While there we had sunshine, fog, in and out clouds and even a rainbow. The mountain is home to the Rock...

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Cape Town, South Africa (Day 1)

We arrived at the southern tip of Africa on April 1, 2014, and docked in Cape Town. Today we decided to go to see the Cape of Good Hope on the southern tip of Africa. We started out in Cape Town passing a lighthouse as we proceeded down the west coast. On the way we passed through small towns and villages including some of the “informal housing” areas. We drove along cliffs that hugged the coast and in and out of many bays. We finally reached Cape Point where we took a funicular to the lighthouse which had a magnificent view of the Cape of Good Hope. After leaving the cape, we...

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Durban to Cape Town

On our 3 days at sea from Durban to Cape Town we had special guests on board, the Nobel Prize winner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Soweto Gospel Choir. During this period we were invited to a Special Speaking Engagement to here the Archbishop speak. There was also a show in the Queen’s Lounge presented by the Soweto Gospel Choir one of the evenings, which was proceeded by a special dinner in the restaurant to commemorate the occasion. The thumbnail pictures below represent this stop on our trip. Click on any of them to see actual picture. Desmond Tutu Talk Desmond Tutu Talk Desmond...

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