After Cape Town, we had stops in Port Elizabeth, East London, Durban & Richards Bay.
PORT ELIZABETH found Clyde, Will & Pat hiring a cab again. Since we did not have a tour booked, we decided to go to the Kragga Kamma Game Park. We are lucky and find a great driver again. The boys wanted beer so we stopped at a liquor store and we pickup up cold beer. Our driver got ice and put it in a cooler and we drank beer as we sailed along the road to the game park. We had lunch at the game park – and then drove through and saw many animals. They look like they are in the wild, but you know it is a fenced in area. Calling it a Game Park is a bit of a stretch. There was a rhino with a baby right by the side of the road. We stopped to look and the rhino tried to charge us.
I have never seen anyone put a car in reverse so quickly and I just wish I could have seen the look on Clyde’s face in the front seat. Fun time again with my two buddies.
EAST LONDON – No tour here today either, so several gals took the shuttle from the ship to a shopping mall which was very nice. They even had an ice skating rink.
DURBAN – No tour booked for today either, so Sherry & I took the shuttle bus to the Marine Park and then walked along the beach in the surf into town so I could find the old Edward Hotel where I stayed many many years ago. It had changed. The lovely old colonial building had been transformed into a modern looks-like-all-the-other-buildings by the beach. But we had a nice lunch and headed back to the ship.
RICHARDS BAY – I took a tour here to Shakaland, the location where the motion picture Shaka Zulu was filmed. After filming the company left all the sets in tact and the people of the area decided to use this village to teach about the days of King Shaka, King of the Zulus. Shakaland is like a “living museum” and we learned about the customs, rituals, music and everyday life in a Zulu village. Zulu, by the way, means heaven.