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Archive for April, 2012

Western Coast of Africa: Liberia, Sierra Leone, The Gambia and Senegal

                    Moving in a northerly direction, we’ve visited four countries in a row:  Liberia and Sierra Leone, then one transit day followed by The Gambia and Senegal.  Things are feeling different the further north we go.  The music is taking on a northern African feel along with a subtle change in […]

Western Coast of Africa: Ghana

              Looking back over this trip, I’ve been struck by how this is a voyage involving windows:  waking early morning as we pulled into Walvis Bay in Namibia and looking out my porthole and the breaking dawn over the harbor.  Hearing an announcement that Principe was off of our starboard side, and viewing that […]

Western Coast of Africa: Benin & Togo

              This adventure continues at a rapid pace: today we were in Togo; yesterday it was the Western Coast of Africa country of Benin.  Both were incredible visual opportunities, with the abundance of visits to great places we were provided. Benin, once known as Dahomey, is on the Gulf of Guinea, and our stop […]

Western Coast of Africa, Cameroon

worker at tea plantation, moving tea leaves on drier   Anchoring off of the coast of Cameroon, which in my opinion is one of the coolest names of a country.  One of the most diverse countries in Africa, it is called “Africa in miniature” for it’s geological and biological diversity. Our first stop was in […]

West Coast of Africa: São Tomé & Príncipe

São Tomé & Príncipe Two wonderful days on the islands (and country) of São Tomé and Príncipe.  Located off of the northwestern coast of Gabon, it’s the second smallest nation in Africa.  Part of an extinct volcanic range, the larger island of Sao Tome sits just north of the equator and was our first stop. […]

West Coast of Africa, Angola, Congo and Gabon

Two days one night in Angola.  Our first day and initial port was Lobito where we cleared customs and made our foray into this rarely visited (not for oil workers, but true for travelers) country.  After almost 30 years of civil war, this country is working on rebuilding so much infrastructure.  Roads, buildings, railways, the […]