Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
Join Date: May 2006
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Something that I has not been discussed on Sailnet is the fact that extended cruising gives one the opportunity to do some exciting land travels. We left Ainia at the Zululand Yacht Club in Port Richards, South Africa and I am writing this from Kruger National Park. Haven't seen lions or leopards yet (couple more days to go) but incredible numbers of elephants, buffalo, rhinos, giraffe, etc. Saw two black rhino which are very rare in Kruger so that was certainly exciting.
Earlier in our circumnavigation we toured in Australia and New Zealand and spent more than a month backpacking in Ecuador and Peru. All you need is a secure place to leave the boat, a Lonely Planet guide, and off you go. Travel in Ecuador/Peru was very cheap, a bit more pricey in South Africa especially in the national parks where even the ordinary accomodation is very nice. NZ and Oz were a bit more expensive but if you look you can travel cheaply, for example in Oz we rented a simple camper van and it was something like $35 a day.
Anyone else done interesting land travel while cruising?
After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.