Voyage 7107

Cape Town to Dakar

 

 

Day 1 - March 25, 2011 - Cape Town

It was a beautiful sail away with bright blue skies, puffy white clouds and the magnificent Table Mountain as the backdrop.

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Day 2 - March 26, 2011 - At sea

Since early morning hours our ornithologist on board, Will Wagstaff, spent hours on the outer deck looking for birds. By midday he already observed 10 different bird species.

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Day 3 - March 27, 2011 - Lüderitz, Namibia

As we departed the harbor, a South African fur seal was sighted and then a couple of bottle-nose dolphins followed the ship around, riding the bow wake for quite a while.

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Day 4 - March 28, 2011 - Walvis Bay, Namibia

Juan Carlos Restrepo, our geologist, explained that the large hill-like dunes were probably a million years in the making and had formed over a ridge that initially trapped the windblown sand.

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Day 5 - March 29, 2011 - Walvis Bay, Namibia

Two African White Pelicans came to have a look and to take advantage of the free fish.

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Day 6 - March 30, 2011 - At sea en route to Luanda, Angola

As I entered The Restaurant this morning the first thing I noticed was the incredible calmness of the sea. There was not a ripple in the water and the surface of it had an almost oily appearance.

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Day 7 - March 31, 2011 - At sea

This time our onboard anthropologist Olga Stavrakis gave a presentation on “African Enigma: Food and Famine in the Sub-Saharan Africa”.

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Day 8 - April 1, 2011 - Luanda, Angola

The damage from the many years of war is very obvious, but so are the signs of recovery and healing, with a surge of construction.


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Day 9 - April 2, 2011 - At sea

Far from quiet, our sea day ended up with the raucous fun of a first-ever guest-involved Zodiac Paddling Regatta. 


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Day 10 - April 3, 2011 - At sea en route to Sao Tome

This afternoon’s main event was the Equator crossing party where all those who have not crossed the equator on a ship (the “pollywogs”) were taken through the initiation process.


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Day 11 - April 4, 2011 - Sao Tomé Island, Sao Tomé & Principe

It was a beautiful display of the power of nature and a sample of what the tropics can be like.


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Day 12 - April 5, 2011 - Bom Bom Island & Principe, Sao Tome & Principe

The Resort is absolutely stunning with well-groomed gardens of tropical plants, gorgeous villas looking over the ocean, meandering paths through the rainforest, and many small sheltered beaches fringed by volcanic rock outcrops.


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Day 13 - April 6, 2011 - At sea

In the evening, a Venetian Society Cocktail Party took place in The Theatre, followed by a delicious dinner in The Restaurant.


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Day 14 - April 7, 2011 - Cotonou, Benin

Water traffic increased as we approached the village which is a picturesque gem. The houses are all on stilts over the lake.


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Day 15 - April 8, 2011 - Lome, Benin

The last stop of the day was not much further down the road at a small Ewa school, a short walk from the road.


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Day 16 - April 9, 2011 - Lomé, Togo

Voodoo is often maligned or misunderstood as evil, yet its principles have commonalities with many native groups such as that all elements and creatures of nature – rocks, trees, animals – have spirits.


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Day 17 - April 10, 2011 -  Takoradi, Ghana 

 

At Elmina Castle, it was sobering to hear the treatments that the slaves received and to see the living conditions under which they had to suffer.

 


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Day 18 - April 11, 2011 - At sea – en route to Freetown, Sierra Leone

The next event was hilarious – it was a cook-off called “Ready, Steady, Cook.


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Day 19 - April 12, 2011 - At sea

Robin Aiello, Marine Biologist, announced that there were some Long Snouted Spinner Dolphins off the starboard bow.


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Day 20 - April 13, 2011 - Aberdeen (Freetown), Sierra Leone

Most of the chimps ignored us; others climbed the trees in their compound to get a better look and some threw a rock in our general direction to remind us it was their patch.


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Day 21 - April 14, 2011 - At sea en route to Banjul, The Gambia

The trip is sadly coming to an end and at 7 pm it was the moment nobody was waiting for. It was time for the Captain’s Farewell Cocktail and gala dinner.


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Day 22 - April 15, 2011 -  Banjul and Albreda, The Gambia 

 

From the beginning on until the end of our cruise in the mangroves, one could observe a rich bird fauna. As we floated along, the list got longer and longer.

 


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