Mo-zam-bik — ‘where adventurers’ journeys start and end’

2010-07-31 00:00

MO-ZAM-BIK, a new restaurant endorsed by Kingsley Holgate, launched this week in Ballito to celebrate the age-old tradition of East Coast Swahili sailing.

The exhibit of the dhow (a traditional Arab sailing boat) called Amina is the form in which the restaurant is presented, and Holgate told Weekend Witness it can be “a place where adventurers can start and end their journey”.

Holgate’s latest adventure saw him and his team on an expedition called African Rainbow, sailing the east coast of Africa aboard the dhow Amina, Spirit of Adventure on a year-long humanitarian trade wind journey from Pemba, Mozambique, to the Somali border and back to Ilha de Mozambique.

Hand-built dhows, such as the one Holgate was on, eventually transported tens of thousands of slaves to Zanzibar to be sold in early Mozambican maritime history.

In a humanist turnabout the Amina, Spirit of Adventure, together with a convoy of Land Rovers, saw to the distribution of life-saving mosquito nets, as well as educating pregnant mothers and children on malaria.

Holgate said the dismantled Amina is a unique example of a typical Jahazi class trading dhow as used for centuries on the Mozambican coast and on the seas of Zinji.

“The Mozambican crew who took the old girl apart has now lovingly restored Amina and she has been incorporated into the Mo-zam-bik Restaurant, situated in Ballito on the north coast.”

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