DURBAN TO LONDON

VIA THE EAST COAST OF AFRICA BY SHIP

This is where my travel career started – Boarded Lloyd Trestino’s Cruise Ship, the “Africa.” Our ports of call included stops in:

Beira (Mozambique)

Mombasa

Mogadishu

Aden (Horn of Africa)

Red Sea

Suez Canal

Cairo

Port Said

Venice

During the three week voyage, we unknowingly found out, that we would be the last vessel to travel through the Suez Canal before it closed in 1966. All shipping would then be directed south, rounding the southern most tip of Africa. 

On arriving in Venice, a fair number of us chose to take the train to London. On our arrival in London, all roads lead to “Earls Court”, affectionately known to all as “Kangaroo Valley” with so many Aussies living there, prior to heading off to Europe, for their travels. Some referred to it as “Springbok Valley” due to the number of South African’s residing there.

We arrived at the famous ”Overseas Visitors Club”. This is where all young travelers would meet up to get connected! I was fortunate to bump into an old school pal of mine, who was very well connected around Earls Court, and  put me in touch with Continental Coach Tours of London Ltd. I immediately went and enrolled in their Company’s Tour Guide Training program.