East London, South Africa – Thursday 8th January 2015

East London lies on the Buffalo River and is often known as the Buffalo City. Its natural history museum is home to the only Dodo egg in existence and also displays a Coelacanth fish caught by a local fisherman in 1938 previously this fish had only been known in fossil form but is now on show here stuffed, 1.6 metres long with all its teeth.

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We decided not to go ashore today so just enjoyed our time on deck and had the pool to ourselves for a few hours before all the tours returned. At 15:30 we joined a wine tasting in The Colonnade with wines from the South African Spier Wine Farm. The winemaker Jacques Erasmus told us several interesting facts about the production of these wines and that surprisingly 60% of their white wine is exported to Denmark. We tasted five white and one red…and no…we didn’t spit any of them out!!

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Techie bits…here they are:
Time: 18:30
Location: 33 south, 28 east
Speed: 10 knots
Temp: 24c 75f
Distance from East London: 1.8 nms
Distance to Durban: 257 nms
Humidity: 78%
Sunrise: 05:08
Sunset: 19:20