We´re stil in Richards Bay, just north of Durban. Will prob sail south towards Cape Town on Sun\Mon when the next weather window opens...
4 of us hired a car & went on Safari in Hluhluwe & Imfolozi Game Parks (now joined as one) only 1.5 hrs from here, 2 days ago. We saw heaps of wildlife and lions finishing a kill with hyena hanging around. Couldn´t find the elephants and Saw a cat very similar 2 the Cheetah called a Serval - that was exciting. Dozens of black & white rhino. It is the oldest Game park in SA & also a nursery for some animals including the original breeding place set up 2 save the Rhino. It was a very long and lovely day out. TG nothing charged our car! They were very lush Game Parks so the animals were looking well fed - I´ve never seen such fat Wildebeest!
We´r staying in Zululand Yacht Club alongside their wall, for free - will move 2 a marina berth soon. Its nice here - even have bath tubs in the shower block, BBQs & a swimming pool, and lots of our friends are here too. We´ve been spending alot of time trying 2 get Freefall in shape again. Had 2 take up all the floorboards 2 clean ever inch of the steel bilges 2 get rid of the saltwater that came in during our last sail. Yes, we had a bit of an incident in the Mozambique Channel - got a rope (genoa sheet) caught in the prop (engine on) during a rough sail-change. The pressure of the rope pulled the engine back on its mounts which created a leak where the shaft enters the boat (boot\bellows). We discovered we were taking on water when we went down below after Axel finally came out of the sea having cut the rope free from the prop; the water was over the floorboard in the saloon so there was urgent bailing done- buckets of water! TG we could fix the leak!
The day we sailed into Richards Bay was pouring rain, crap visability, pretty strong winds & heaps of huge cargo ships around so we were all very glad 2 get safely into harbour. We plus 5 of our friends boats arrived on the same day and the party was huge!
Today, 24th Nov, we´r off to Lesotho to do some hiking & horse trekking in the Drakenburg Mountains. Yippee!
Will be in touch next week!
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