Estuary Taxi

Mbongan’s Taxi works across the Pomene Estuary in Mozambique just North of the Tropic of Capricorn. You can call him for a pick-up on his cell advertised on the side of his dhow. Dugongs, flamingo’s, green pigeons and a large variety of mangroves grace this amazing place. He doesn’t charge extra for wild-life interactions although there is not much chance that he will slow down either. Time is money.

Contact Mbongan on: 848-108208 (Moz)

Pomene, Mozambique Trip – June 2011

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Life Tapestry

The Keiskamma Trust is a relatively small  project producing big things in a remote area of the Eastern Cape. The beautiful artwork created here ends up all over the world brightening up living spaces in places as far away as Canada. An HIV Clinic and a Resource Centre are among the projects that fall under the trust umbrella but on this particular sunny morning the craft projects grabbed our attention. In South Africa The Keiskamma Trust is famous for the magnificent 20 Metre Keiskamma Tapestry that hangs in the Parliament Buildings in Cape Town. This well travelled tapestry created by over 100 women from the Hamburg and Berlin area of the Eastern Cape toured South Africa  before coming to rest in the Mother City, and is actually an embroidery not a tapestry created in the Bayeux Tapestry Tradition. The Bayeux Tapestry (also an embroidery called a tapestry) is much older ( about 500 years older) stemming from the middle ages and depicts historic scenes leading up to the Norman Invasion of England and the Battle of Hastings. This famous piece of art now hangs in its own special museum in Bayeux, Normandy. Keeping to tradition the Keiskamma Tapestry provides a colourful, picturesque and detailed account of the history of the Eastern Cape. The women of the project are from local soil, the environment is beautiful and the atmosphere is peaceful. A formula that seems to work well to create artwork that inspires and soothes the soul.

For more on the Keiskamma Trust and the Keiskamma Tapestry look here:

Treescape

Treescape

The California Redwoods are known for their incredible size and amazing root systems which grow broad rather than deep. Entangling and entwining together, they create a stronghold against the elements. These Bright Eastern Cape Beauties seem to be engaging in a similar activity only above ground rather than below.

Giant Eastern Cape Milkwoods – Chintsa East August 2011

The Unstressed Surf School

 

On a warm winter morning the kids of the ‘Unstressed Surf School’ of Chintsa East donned wetsuits, grabbed boards and without looking back ran full steam ahead into the waves. The friday before, a shark attack had rocked the community.  We know that we share the ocean with all of its amazing creatures and that hits are rare, however our reason does not always master our fear. These bright kids chose reason…driven by the stoke.

Heading for the water
                            

A Sunday morning on Chintsa East Beach – August 2011 

Check out the Unstressed Surf School here:

River Crossing

The Chintsa Lagoon has been closed for sometime now but with recent heavy rainfall it flushed itself out into the sea.  At the moment it is tidal, with a trickle running at low-tide and a river flowing at high. This  causes complications for folk using the beach as a short cut home after a long day’s work. A few years back when it was flowing with strength we helped mothers with babies on their backs, wade across, watched labourers strip down to their undies and take on the flow, cloths held high above their heads and saw couples of all ages piggy-back each other. In the flurry cell phones were dropped and keys consumed by the sea. Amid all of this children on boogie boards dodged the river pedestrians, taking advantage of the current, as it pushed them along. These brightly clad women heading home in the early evening had timed the tidal flow well.  Although I suspect  that they have had many other rivers to cross in their time.

Chintsa East Beach, early evening on a Saturday in July 2011