With an early start, I left the tarmac just as the sun was beginning to rise over the ocean. I turned the aircraft over the city of Durban to fly north over the Dolphin Coast. Whilst looking at Google Earth for images from the ground, I was flying over some truly wonderful white sands and clear waters.
My flight plan was originally going to take me directly to the island of Madagascar which was over a 3 hour journey away. Having done many smaller flights and managing my fuel well I wasn’t 100% sure that I would be able to make the whole journey in one go. I thought about making a stop of for refuelling further up the African coast line at Maputo. However that wouldn’t have saved much in the way of distance to travel, so I climbed gradually to over 12,000 feet and cut back on the fuel mixture to prolong my air time.
As I descended very slowly at only 200 feet per minute the island of Madagascar came in to view. Everything I have seen of Madagascar has made it wonderfully beautiful. I am really looking forward to seeing what this island has to offer.
The landing came sooner than I thought with my arrival and the airport being on the west coast. I will have to explore this place from the air after I take off again.
3 Great Videos of a traveller to Madagascar:
The Madagascar Journals. Ep1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWIX53sD5O8
The Madagascar Journals. Ep2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUbqNvVsoSA
The Madagascar Journals. Ep3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlP_gwJiPOg