A visit to Africa and some Indian Ocean islands, October 1980.

Malawi, Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa, then Mauritius, Reunion and the Seychelles.

On 3rd -4th Octobe we flew Saudia to Jeddah, Kenyan Airlines to Nairobi and Air Malawi to Blantyre, Malawi ....

Mount Soche hotel Blantyre
We started at the Mount Soche hotel in Blantyre.
Dumbo driving school
In Blantyre - not the best name for a driving school!
Club Makokola Lake Malawi
We hired a car and drove to the Zomba Plateau and from there to Lake Malawi, where we stayed at Club Makokola on the lake....
Club Makokola mosquito nets
...and took advantage of their copious mosquito nets!

On the 9th we flew on Air Malawi to Salisbury (renamed Harare in 1982) the capital of Zimbabwe and stayed 4 nights ....

Cecil Square Salisbury
In the immaculately-maintained Cecil Square, subsequently renamed African Unity Square.
Barbour Coffee Shop Salisbury
In Barbour's Coffee Shop on First Street, Salisbury.
Devils Cataract Victoria Falls
On the 11th we flew to Victoria Falls and back on Air Rhodesia. We visited the falls and had a tour to the Zimbabwe river.
Victoria Falls
About to burst into song at Victoria Falls!
Victoria Falls Hotel
And we stopped for tea at the historic Victoria Falls hotel.
Ice cream in Bulawayo
On the 13th -14th we got the overnight train to Bulawayo and looked round Bulawayo town, stopping for ice cream.

We got the train on to Gaberone, Botswana where we stayed one night in the Holiday Inn.
On the 16th rather than continue on the train, we accepted the offer of a much quicker lift with Humphrey in his Citroen to Johannesburg, South Africa ....


Santarama Miniland Johannesburg
We visited 'Santarama Miniland' model village and the 'Dromedaris' tall ship.
Johannesburg trolleybus
We found that apartheid works both ways when we tried to go for a ride on a blacks-only full-sized trolleybus and the driver was very reluctant to let us on board. He eventually let us get on but everyone seemed embarassed so we got off a couple of stops later. The trolleybus system closed in 1986 and apartheid was scrapped in 1990.
Johannesburg Lion Park  
We visited Johannesburg Lion Park where some of the residents didn't seem to like us being there ....
Johannesburg Lion Park
.... but others were much more relaxed about it.


On the 20th we flew to Mauritius on South African Airways and stayed 5 nights at Auberge Ile de France ....

Auberge Ile de France Mauritius
View from Augerge Ile de France.
Place de Armes Port Louis Mauritius
Mahe de Labourdonnais presiding over Place d'Armes in Port Louis.
Washday at Arsenal Mauritius
We hired a car and drove round the island, visiting Grand Baie, Arsenal and Fort Adelaide. It was washday in the river near Arsenal!
Arsenal Mauritius
Ox cart near Arsenal.
Saint Denis Reunion
On the 25th we flew to Reunion island on an Air Mauritius ‘Otter’ and stayed one night. Hired a car and visited the Salazie volcanic crater and the fort at Saint Denis.
Casuarina Beach hotel Seychelles
We flew back to Mauritius, stayed one night and flew to the Seychelles on British Airways on the 27th.  Stayed for 6 nights at Casuarina Beach hotel near the airport on Mahe island.
Seychelles Mini moke
We went for a mini-moke drive round Mahe island. View across Victoria to St Anne island.
Clock tower Victoria Seychelles
The clock tower and main street in Victoria.
Praslin Valee de Mai  
We got the ferry to Praslin island and went on the Vallée de Mai nature trail.
La Digue Seychelles
And we also visited La Digue island.

On the 2nd of November we flew to Bahrain on BA and back to Riyadh on Saudia.



To see our other travels, click here ...... globe