Go treasure hunting at Msikaba

Africa far and wide

In the blackness of the hull, over 300 slaves cling to each other in fear as the old Portuguese cargo ship seems to climb and fall off mountains of water. Above, the passengers hide helplessly in their leaky compartment, mothers urging their terrified children not to worry, while praying their last prayer. The crew, malnourished and weak, fight the wind with their sails, still dreaming of a homecoming. But in a moment of devastating clarity, the nose of the ship points towards the lit sky, then back down and towards a mass of rocky land.

Msikaba fisherman

Eastern Cape Birdlife

A small island off Msikaba, only accessible during low tide, is the final resting place of the Sao Bento sailing ship, sunk 463 years ago in April 1554. That night, around 322 survivors clambered upon the battered shore, sinking their hands into the sand of a foreign and wild land. A few days later, they…

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