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Today, 50 years ago, Thabo Mbeki, Pallo Jordan,
Essop and Aziz Pahad and other ANC Youth League members in London exile wished
a noisy farewell to two of their number as they set off on the River Thames in a
5 metre kayak bound for Dar es Salaam.
Having accepted the challenge and wanting to return to southern Africa, to the
“frontline states”, I decided – with blind optimism – to make Dar es Salaam the
destination in our glass fibre kayak, Amandla.
So began a haphazard, often chaotic and
frequently hilarious journey that saw us eventually reach Dar es Salaam 13
years, two continents and two children later.
Nearly 52 years after the challenge was first issued, the two of us, with
members of our family, today met up with Kent Warmington at the riverside site
of Amandla’s farewell in 1967. Kent had made contact a couple of years
ago via the internet and Barbara and I finally met him for the first time in
more than half a century, at the weekend.
We didn’t initially take the challenge seriously until, in 1966, Kent not only
tracked, but returned my favourite bush hat that had been stolen by another
Canadian. He had followed the hat and its wearer right across Europe to
Afghanistan. He got it back and returned it, so I felt we owed it to him to at
least attempt the challenge that quickly expanded to include Dar es Salaam.
In many ways, it was a crazy time, but it was full of hope. Despite all
the turmoil and troubles in the world there was a widespread feeling that
anything was possible; that the world could only become a better place.
Over the years, there have been numerous friends and colleagues who have urged
me to write at least about that chaotic and often hilarious journey that took
us down the river Thames and around the coast; to tell of blundering into a
nudist colony while lost in fog, of making a frequently idyllic and sometimes
frightening way through the waterways and rivers of France, to the
Mediterranean; of the trials and travails of a hopelessly ill-prepared kayaking
When, a couple of years ago, Kent Warmington surfaced via the internet, we thought
again about the venture. But we made no commitment to research and write
until last year. It was then that John and Erica Platter, the two
journalists who make up the acclaimed travel, cookery and wine writing team,
encouraged us to think seriously about detailing our experiences.
I, in particular, had been bothered about the fallibility of memory. But
then we remembered all the postcards we had sent while on our journey.
They were in an album Barbara’s father had made. For the first time, we
took the cards out, read the minute writing on the backs, and discovered we had
brief, but fairly detailed information about where, when and how we were doing
all those years ago.
Kent Warmington – “I’m a bit of a hoarder” – also helped since he had kept
correspondence dating back 50 years and more. There were also audio tapes
in a format that could no longer be played, but which, remarkably, were able to
be transcribed to disk. These provided the factual scaffolding for a book A Hat, A Kayak and Dreams of Dar that
will be published in South Africa in October by Face2Face, the company that
last year published Fordsburg Fighter, my telling of MK volunteer Amin Cajee’s
A query by John Platter: “How do you cook when travelling in a kayak?” has also
been answered, with Barbara providing a section of essentially one-pot “canoe
cuisine” recipes. And so we are now in London both to mark the “golden
anniversary” of the start of Amandla’s voyage and to negotiate possible
publication abroad of the story of a hat, a kayak and our ultimately tortuous
journey from this city to Dar es Salaam.
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