The more, the fer­rier

go! - - Upfront Letters -

With ref­er­ence to the ar­ti­cle about Lake Tan­ganyika in go! #135: In 2013, my brother-in-law Cobus Ros­souw and I sailed on the MV Liemba from Kasanga to Kigoma in Tan­za­nia. The Liemba is ap­par­ently the oldest op­er­a­tional pas­sen­ger and cargo ferry in the world. It turned 100 in 2013. We wanted to share the ex­pe­ri­ence with friends, so we trav­elled to the lake again this year. How­ever, when we ar­rived in the town of Mpu­lungu in Zam­bia, at the south­ern end of the lake, we dis­cov­ered the ferry would only ar­rive in a week’s time. We de­cided to cross the bor­der into Tan­za­nia and make our way to Kigoma by road, then sail north-to-south in­stead of the other way around. In Kigoma, cap­tain Ti­tus Mnyanyi in­vited us to stay aboard the ferry for the two days it still had to re­main in the har­bour. What a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence to travel on this his­tor­i­cal ves­sel. BAREND LA GRANGE, Rood­e­poort

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