A journey along the Sudanese coast.

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One of the many inlets along the Sudanese coast

 

We woke up the next morning to see that we were in a great anchorage with plenty of room for all of us. True to his word, Mohammed our agent, was waiting on the dock to be picked up and he duly arrived with all our paperwork and cleared us in in about 30 mins.  He had SIM cards, money for exchange and organised our diesel.  We were then free to go off and explore this small town so Donazita, Mike and us headed into town. We passed many buildings in ruins but this time it was due to neglect not war which seemed very sad. It was seriously hot and most people were inside but when we got to the market we saw stall holders braving the midday heat – along with the various goats, chickens and cats. – continue reading …->

Dijbouti and Eritrea – surprising destinations..

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Massawa

We eventually left the comfort and protection of the Lamu anchorage in a convoy of three boats and turned left to head north towards the a Gulf of Oman. Notoriously the most dangerous stretch of water in the world – sailing up the Somalian coast towards Yemen. Nearly all the yachts transitting the Red Sea come from India in effect bypassing most of the Somalian coastline but we were sailing right alongside the coast for over 1000 miles – the first boats for years to do this run. continue reading…

A major change of plan

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Sunset at the Kilifi Yacht club

When we got back from Rwanda we spent a few days in Nairobi with Will again. Nairobi has hellish traffic and we were due to arrive at 5pm but didn’t actually get in till about 9pm which turned our 23 hour bus trip into a 27hr one! Add to that the hour it took to get to Wills place and we arrived very weary but happy to be upright!  The flat was full of people when we arrived and so it didn’t take long for the party to begin. Six degrees of separation reared its head when we discovered that one of their friends was a mate of my nephew in Buenos Aires so we promptly Facetimed him in Argentina…. the night ended up with drinking games until dawn- all fun and games in Nairobi – continue reading …>

Rwanda – Africa’s success story

 

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We boarded the bus in Nairobi for Rwanda at 5pm and splashed out the grand sum of $44 each for the VIP seats. They were so wide that we couldn’t even sit next to each other but as most of the journey was at night it didn’t matter.  We all had to get out when we reached the Ugandan border but it was pretty painless and we were through within the hour.  We travelled through Uganda, which was much greener than I had expected and arrived at the Rwandan border early in the morning.  We were both stiff but managed to get some sleep on the bus. We headed straight for the hotel for a shower and some lunch followed by a lazy relaxing afternoon by the pool.
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Another fun visit from our girls…

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Lamu waterfront

Our daughters flew into the tiny island of Manda where we were able to pick them up by dinghy!! Just walked up the jetty and met them from the little plane.  I think that will probably be the first and last time we will ever be able to do that…  straight back to Indian Summer where Ian was like a kid in a candy store with all the spare parts they had brought over and I was thrilled to get my supply of licorice. It’s the only thing you just can’t get anywhere and I love it! continue reading …- >

Another year passes…

 

 

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Kilifi Yacht Club

Kilifi has been a lovely stop – a sheltered anchorage on a secure mooring, a delightful little yacht club patronized by locals, a good well stocked town and a great gang of cruisers to play with.  A couple days after we arrived Ian was checking the port fwd cabin bulkhead and found some rot. Hopefully it was to be just a small section but the more he checked the more he found.  Solution? A complete rebuild of both the horizontal and vertical bulkheads in the cabin. He had some plywood and glass – not quite enough but with the Kilifi boatyard 100m away it seemed like the best option was to do it here.
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Heading North…

Tourist offerings on a beach in Zanzibar

We arrived back from Malawi overladen with spare parts, birthday presents, special food goodies from Australia and a couple of souvenirs. Customs had a field day asking what this was and that was and we ended up having to pay $45 import fees which was very reasonable.  Indian Summer was bobbing around in the bay when we get back to Slipway – it’s amazing how much you can miss your boat when you have been away!  We didn’t need much time in Dar, but it was Ian’s 60th  the following week so we celebrated with some cruisers and Jason at Zuane, out favourite restaurant in Dar.  A couple days layer we upped anchor and set sail for Zanzibar on our way to Tanga. 

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Zimbabwe and Malawi

 

 

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Zimbabwean kids

We had spent a few days in Zambia and now wanted to spent a few days on the other side of the falls in Zimbabwe.  All this entailed was a short walk across the bridge, clear immigration and customs and find a taxi on the Zim side.  We didn’t know what to expect from Zimbabwe (which by the way means ‘big stone house’) but were surprised at how different the two countries were.  Zimbabwe is in strife – the currency so devalued that it is worthless, the people seem to have little hope for the future and there are shortages of many basics including bread and petrol.
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Landlocked East Africa – full of surprises…

 

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The Mighty Victoria Falls

Cruising is such a lovely way to travel – you go slowly and get to see local life as you interact with them – the downside is that often you miss out on the interior. Being based at Slipway has been great because we have had the opportunity to explore more of Tanzania and now we were going to visit a couple more African countries and see another wonder -the Victoria Falls. -continue reading …->