Africa

Cape Of Good Hope

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Luck Duck Sheila visited the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa close to Cape town on a sunny, clear day. Many people visited the place too and the sign with the name at the entrance of the Cape Park was a very busy souvenir background and Sheila had to share it.

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Sheila also went up on the famous and iconic “Table Mountain” with the revoling Gondola Cableway where she had to spend some time in the queue to get in and enjoyed a wonderful ride along the spectacular coastline in southwestern South Africa.

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Kruger National Park

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Luck Duck Sheila went to South Africa to one of the most famous national parks world wide, the “Kruger National Park” which covers an area of about 20.000 square kilometers in the Limpopo Province with the Limpopo river. Sheila applied to join the club of “The Big Five”, Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo, Lion and Leopard. Sheila learned that Leopards are hard to be found so she could not accomplish her application but she saw the other four species. The Kruger Park was nominated by the UNESCO  as International Man and Biosphere Reserve.

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Naaga Al Foukani

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Instead of going on a tour to popular Abu Simbel starting from Assuan, Luck Duck Sheila chose a more individual and cheaper treat. She went to the western side of the Nil on a small pirogue/feluke operated by the locals and went up to the Assuan Necropolis hill. It was visible from Assuan  close to Naaga Al Foukani and caught my attention. There is a temple up on the hill. There were several caves or cave temples below it which host some antique egyptian graves. No entrance fee was required. (as I read 2013 now they charge entrance fees) It was quite windy up there, so Sheila had to take care of my backpack. We saw some camels too at the bottom of the hill which probably can be rented for transport on organised tours to Simeon Monastery (6’th Cnetrury) but we walked all the way up the hill. The view down on the Nil and Assuan Dam is nice and impressive.

al-Quasir

Before going on another diving crusade along the cost of southern Egypt including a visit of famous Elphinstone Reef Luck Duck Sheila spent some days in a hotel in al-Quasir Egypt. The room service seemed to have liked her, as I returened from a dive at the beach/house-reef I found her like this.

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The Elphinstone Reef can be a quite challanging dive site because of the strong currents and the depths of the dives there which tend to go beyond the depths of normal recreational dives in the hope to see some really big fish. Since 2007 4 divers are missed  after they drifted away in the strong current already back on the survace. Only one out of the group could save himselve by swimming to a 15 km remote beach.

Bird Island

As Luck Duck Sheila uses to say: There is always an even smaler Island to go to. Make sure you zoom into the map, there is something. So she also went to “Bird Island” which ist home to about a million of nesting Noddy Sea Swallows and tropical birds as well. Not to forget the good old Esmeralda (said to be the biggest, heaviest and oldest turtle). And Sheila learned, it’s a male turtle. Before landing with the 4 passanger plane with only one pilot / without Co-Pilot (regular service by Air Seychelles) Sheila had to check twice for turtles on the sandy runway and for turtle holes as well. Sheila took good care for me after I got a sun stroke while searching for egg laying turles which was a blessing. I didn’t notice too much of the almost crash landing of the 12 passangers plane due to wind shear back in Victoria. Must have been quite a site as other passengers in the airport who watched the event told us in the airport.

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There is only a small resort on the island with comfortable, one appartement Bungalows with openings in the roof with open Ventilation and no glass in the Windows, only venitian blinds. birds kept flying beween the upper and lower part of the roof waking you up in the morning. The owner takes good care for the nature there, one of the geatest places on earth by Sheilas assessment.

While fighting my way through my old pictures to find Duck photos from Spain and West-Afrika I after about 10 years came across one more picture of Sheila on Bird. What a joy.

Due to the flat beach behind the reef there are not to many swimming possibilities but you will have a beach for your own and the cuisine is excellent. There is a small farm on the island to provide for the basics. They also got some livestock their too, like chicken. It seems to be a good base for sport fishing too as we saw sport fishers with really fancy equipment.

La Digue

As Luck Duck Sheila uses to say: There is always a smaler Island to go to. So she went to La Digue Island, set of many movies.

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Here She enjoyes the comfort of some drift wood at Grand Anse La Digue. She didn’t go swimming there because the waters here a very dangerous. There are casualties almost every year.

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Here she sits on her most favoured rock on world famous beach Anse Source D’Argent looking for turles paddling in the water. Unfortunately the beach has become a bit too popular, over the years the corals close to the beach have suffered.

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Egypt 1995

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Luck Duck Sheila in Egypt 1995 at the Thomas Reef by Sharm el Sheikh

Sheila used a break from her duties on the diving boat on the Sinai for a trip to Kairo, Egyt to enjoy the beauty of the Pyramids.

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Sheila also experienced an earthquake 1995 in Sharm El Sheik, Egypt. The water tower by the pool was tottering significantly and the floor of the pool broke so the water was leaking completely out of the pool and the pool went dry and was not fixed til the end of the vacation.

Mauritius Islands

 
Luck Duck Sheila on Mauritius Island 2005. She even saw and heard a jumping Hump Back Whale from the beach

 

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Luck Duck Sheila on Mauritius Island 2005

Luck Duck Sheila on Mauritius Island 2005 watching fish in the glass bottom boat

Luck Duck Sheila on Mauritius Island 2005 watching fish in the glass bottom boat

Luck Duck Sheila on Mauritius Island 2005

Luck Duck Sheila on Mauritius Island 2005

She enjoyed the beach an pool service.

Luck Duck Sheila on Mauritius 2003 in hotel:Les Pavillons; set of a popular TV movie shown every year on austrian and german TV around christmas; “Christmas under Palm trees”. A really nice hotel, distance from room door to the ocean:15 meter

Sheila on Mauritius Islands 2003, left on top of the wall

Sheila on Mauritius Islands 2003, left on top of the wall

Seychelles Praslin 2002

After her first trip to the Seychelles Islands to the main Ialand Mahe Luck Duck Sheila learned, that the fine white sand would get into her feathers so she dicided, to take a air mattress the next times. She of course had to blow it up. As Sheila says there is always an even smaller island to go to she went to Praslin Island the next time.

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Unfortunately there were deadly shark attacks in 2011 which I regret, I never told her, so keep it convidential.

Luck Duck Sheila on the Seychelles Islands 2002 at worlds best beach Anse Latio after taking a dip.

I never told her about the shark incidents 2011, so keep it convidential. If you look down on Pralin beach these days from the google satelite, you will find out, that they have set up ugly protection nets against the sharks. Something Sheila deeply regrets.

 

Mount Kilimanjaro

The ducks all reached the top! Very well done!

Kilimanjaro, Uhuru Peak

The duck nurse tested oxygen levels on all humans twice daily.

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And also took care of feeding the humans.

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It got pretty foggy down at 4000 meters in the afternoon.

The ducks really enjoyed the trip up, and somewhat resisted going down again.

Kilimanjaro backdrop

Parc National des Volcans

The park guards didn’t allow the gorillas to play with ducks, but the kids outside loved them!

Kids in the gorilla park

Zanzibar

The ducks went diving in Zanzibar!

Duck diving Zanzibar

Duck diving Zanzibar

Hotel Rwanda

The Hôtel des Mille Collines is a large hotel in Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda. It became famous as the building in which more than a thousand people took refuge during the Rwandan Genocide of 1994. The story of the hotel and its manager at that time, Paul Rusesabagina, was used as the basis of the film Hotel Rwanda.

Bujumbura International Airport

Bujumbura is the capital city and main port of Burundi and ships most of the country’s chief export, coffee, as well as cotton, skins, and tin ore. It is located on the northeastern shore of Lake Tanganyika.

Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, (IATA: NBO, ICAO: HKJK) formerly called Embakasi Airport and Nairobi International Airport, is Kenya’s largest aviation facility, and the busiest airport in Eastern Africa. It is the 6th busiest airport in Africa. The airport is named after the first Kenyan prime minister and president Jomo Kenyatta.

Kigali Airport

Mafia Island

Mafia Island is part of the Tanzanian Spice Islands, together with Zanzibar and Pemba. As one of the six districts of the Pwani Region, Mafia Island is governed from the mainland, not from the semi-autonomous region of Zanzibar, of which it has never been considered to be a part.

The name “Mafia” derives from the Arabic morfiyeh, meaning “group” or “archipelago”, or from the Swahili mahali pa afya, meaning “a healthy dwelling-place”.

Duck on Mafia Island beach

Duck inside banda

Ras Mbisi duck profile

Mount Hanang

Mount Hanang is the fourth highest mountain in Tanzania. It is 3417 meters high, but still much lower than Kilimanjaro, which is the next mountain this rubber duck is heading for 🙂

Haydom hills

Nuri pyramids

Meroe pyramids

Nuri pyramids

Naga – Temple of Amun

Temple of Amun

Lion temple

Temple of Amun

Lion temple

Sheep near Naga water well

Sheep near Naga water well

Jebel Barkal table mountain

Jebel Barkal

Jebel Barkal

Sudanese boys in Karima

Sudanese boys in Karima

Khartoum

United Nations square, the main square in the center of Khartoum proper.

With flamingos on safari



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