The splendor of Mount Kilimanjaro was not sufficiently described even by Hemingway.
The weird foliage, the animals usually seen in a zoo, and the red earth made Africa a strange, wondrous exploration.
Of course someone always had the duty! The XO watched the ship while the Captain visited Nairobi and the Treetops Lodge. Section three was on board when thirty children came for ice cream, cake, and cartoon movies. The kids were children of employees of a state Prison near Mombasa. All of them spoke only Swahili, the local language, and none of them weighed over sixty pounds.
Since CLAUD JONES seemed to specialize in the unknown our bosses thought nothing of sending us to Diego Suarez, Malagasv Republic! This small town of 25, 000 is located on the northern tip of the island formerly called Madagascar. It is basically a French military outpost with French Navy, Army, and Foreign Legion units stationed there.
The size of the town and the language barrier presented no obstacles as the men of the Navy ship COMMANDANT BORY and the town’s people were excellent hosts. The local bank hesitated to accept U. S. dollars in exchange for some francs; they finally did — but some crew members found that monopoly money had a better buying power!
Diego Suarez, Malagasy Republic, 31 May - 3 June
Courtesy of the U.S. Navy we were next on our way to fulfill the boyhood dream of going on a "real" African Safari. One First hand account and a lot of scuttlebutt did much to increase the enthusiasm for our visit to the dark Continent. We had six days in June for a visit to Mombasa, Kenya. A city of 180,000, Mombasa is the port city of Kenya and one the leading East African cities. All towns seem a bit similar to the sailor who has been in every bar from Pearl to Port Louis; but the opportunity to go on photo safari set Mombasa apart. The early-morning trips to Tsavo in the ubiquitous mini-bus yielded every bit of the excitement of a real safari.
A camera safari to Tsavo National Park
The Sunshine (I think) bar in Mombassa, Kenya.