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Amina - Spirit of Adventure Traditional Geocache

Hidden : 09/01/2011
Difficulty:
2.5 out of 5
Terrain:
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:

A chance to experience one of the many journeys by one of Africa's greatest present-day explorers.


 


 

Amina - Sprit of Adventure

Amina - Sprit of Adventure

 

 

Dhows

Probably the oldest work boats still in existence are the lateen-rigged Arab Dhows of the East coast of Africa. The largest of these traditional sailing vessels still widely in use is the ‘Jahazi’ which measures up to 30 meters long and carries up to 100 passengers. Large billowing Jahazi sails are a characteristic sight at Zanzibar and other traditional ports.
 
The design of the modern ‘Jahazi’ is pretty much identical to that of similar seafaring vessels used in medieval times.
 
Rising from a bed of wood shavings the 15 meter 35 ton Amina, had been handcrafted by local fundi’s from Chole, a small island just south of Mafia situated below the spice island of Zanzibar of Africa’s coast on Jinj. For many years she was used as a cement trading vessel between the islands.
 
When acquired by Kingsley, she was in pretty bad shape and his team (with a Swahili crew) sailed her south on the KasKazi trade wind to Pemba in Mozambique’s far north Cabo Delgado Province where the team refitted her for the year long One Net One Life Malaria prevention Journey.
 

Amina- Spirit of Adventure

 
The "Amina - Spirit of Adventure" is the dhow used by Kingsley Holgate during his African Rainbow Expedition - part of the  "One Net One Life" malaria prevention campaign along the coast of Africa from Mozambique to the Somali border.
 
The story of how the dhow came to Ballito is an interesting one. After the malaria prevention journey was completed, the dhow was moored on the beaches of Northern Mozambique. But it could not remain there for ever. With the idea of making the dhow a tourist attraction, Kingsley asked local cacher Janputte if he would assist in dismantling the dhow, and putting all the pieces in a shipping container so that it could be brought to Durban.
 
Janputte and his brother-in-law journeyed to northern Mozambique, where, with the help of local Swahili tradesmen the dhow was reduced to planks (all numbered and coded) in eleven days!   At this stage, the dhow was destined for Pretoria. But problems arose, so the shipping container languished in Durban for a year, before a suitable place was found.
 
Once the decision was made to display the dhow in Ballito, another local Ballito resident, Richard Chapman (again assisted by Swahili tradesmen) re-assembled the dhow in double quick time, and it is now permanently on display at the restaurant and may be visited by all those interested.
 
If you wish, you may even enjoy an authentic Mozambican dish (accompanied by Mozambican beverages) on the deck of the dhow.
 

The Cache

This cache has been placed with permission of the owners of the premises. They will not assist you to find the cache. No purchase is necessary to find the cache.
 
The cache is only available during the opening hours of the restaurant.
 
You are looking for a bison tube.
 
Park at the lower level (sea side) of the premises.
 
Maintenance of the cache will be carried out by a local geocacher.
 

 

 

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Srapr Cbyr

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)