First steps in East Africa
30.03.2013 - 30.03.2013 85 °F
Our first port on the mainland of Africa was Maputo, the capital city of Mozambique. As in Madagascar, the people here are very very poor. Crumbling buildings and sidewalks, litter everywhere are evidence of the ineffectual leadership and the corruption that have plagued this country for many years. A highlight of our tour of Maputo was the Central Market where we bought cashews (a Mozambique specialty) which were absolutely delicious - the best we have ever tasted.
Easter Day began with a sunrise service on the deck as we sailed into Richards Bay, South Africa. We will never forget singing Jesus Christ is Risen Today as the sun rose over the Indian Ocean. When we returned to our cabin after the service, we were delighted to find an Easter basket left by the ship with chocolate eggs and a bunny. After breakfast, we set off on a day long safari to a wildlife preserve in nearby KwaZulu-Natal, a gamekeeper in a range rover drove us through the bush to see elephants, giraffes, zebras, hippos, rhinos, wildebeests, and may other animals in their natural habitat. It was an incredible experience. All in all, this was one of the best Easters ever!