There will be silence from the Mallory on Travel social media channels for the next five days, as I board the RMS St Helena, travelling to the island of the same name with the St Helena Tourism Board.
I’m sure some with be grateful for the break, but I do hope you enjoy following my adventures once I arrive at this little known destination. It’s probably one many of you are not aware of this small island in the middle of the Atlantic, and I certainly look forward to exploring it.
The itinerary looks exciting, and the trip can be followed using the #discoversthelena hashtag on Twitter and Instagram.
Tuesday 11th March, Arrive ST HELENA from Cape Town.
I will be greeted by Matt Joshua, Merrill Joshua, and Cathy Alberts from St Helena Tourism at the wharf when you have cleared immigration.
10.00 Coffee at the St Helena Coffee Shop and run through your itinerary.
10.30 Meet tourism staff, and check emails.
14.30 Magma Way Historical Town Walk with Basil George (meet at the Cenotaph, Seafront) with Tea and biscuits at Consulate Hotel
7.00 pm Dinner at the Orange Tree Oriental Restaurant.
Wednesday 12th March
9:30 am Aaron will collect you from the Wellington for Aaron’s 4×4 Adventure Tour, this is an all-day tour offering the opportunity to visit less explored parts of the island. Aaron will drop me back at the Wellington Hotel after the tour.
7.00 pm Join some of the people who work in the private sector for dinner at the Wellington House Hotel, a packed lunch picnic will be the order of the day for cuisine.
Thursday 13th March
Free day to explore at my leisure, who knows what trouble I will get my self into left on my own.
Friday 14th March
Tour Guide Larry Johnson will be your driver for the day.
10.00 am Meet with Michel Martineau the French Consulate for a Napoleonic Tour
11.00 am Tour of Longwood House.
12 noon Visit Napoleon’s Tomb, at Sanes Valley.
8.00 am – 12 noon Sport Fishing, with Sub Tropic Adventures, meeting at the landing steps at the Wharf , a short walk from the hotel)
1.00 pm Visit the world’s most remote distillery for a tasting session of the famous Tungi (Prickly Pear)
2.00 pm Visit the Boer Cemetery, St Pauls Cathedral, High Knoll Fort and Princes Lodge.
Prince’s Lodge is a fine house which is home to the Castell Collection – the world’s largest collection of paintings , prints, engravings and maps of St Helena
2.00 pm Meet with Martin Joshua, Manager of SHAPE, which aims to provide training and work related experience for disabled people of working age, with the intention of them leading independent and fulfilling lives
6.00 pm Dinner at 2 on Main a hospitality training Restaurant staffed by young St Helenian students.
This will be hosted by Merrill Joshua and his wife, Training and up skilling Manager, Enterprise St Helena (ESH)); local journalist Richard Wallis and his wife Helen (a teacher on the island). Matt Joshua and Michel Martineau
4.00 pm Sundowners at Donny’s Club
Donny’s club is where all locals meet to chat and have fun on a Friday afternoon after work.
This would be a good time for you to experience the Island’s culture and diversity first hand. (Drinks on own account)
6.00 pm Enjoy a barbeque at the Consulate Hotel.
Restaurant Suggestions in Jamestown:
Anne’s Place, BBQ style food.
La Concorde Café & Courtyard, Consulate Hotel
Orange Tree Oriental Restaurant, offers an extensive range of oriental food.
St Helena Coffee Shop, Leisure Park, – great for lunch.
Saturday 15th March
8:30 am Aaron will collect you at from your accommodation.
9.00 am -11.30am Guided walk to Lots Wife Ponds, Accompanied by Aaron Legg, from Aaron’s Adventure Tours.
1.00 pm Fish Fry at Colin’s Bar, joined by ESH Staff.
Enjoy a light snack at Wellington House Hotel or a restaurant of choice:
Orange Tree Oriental
Apparently good, preferably waterproof footwear, and a waterproof jacket will be needed, and it is fairly steep in places and that people who suffer from vertigo sometimes get a bit shaky up there.
Sunday 16th March
Hensil Peters will be your driver for the day
10.00 am Airport Site Tour at Basil Reed Office Longwood.
12 noon – 2.00 pm Home Hosting with Mrs Pasty Flagg.
Enjoy a traditional St Helenian Lunch at its best whilst conversing with saints Basil and Barbara George on the island’s culture.
5.00pm Early Evening Meal at Wellington House.
7.00 – 8.30 pm Moonlight Stroll, starting from white Gate to Cassons.
Monday 17th March
08.00 Sunrise radio show with SAMS, live interview
10.00 A day with St Helena National Trust visiting conservation sites around the island, including Millennium Forest and Wirebird sites.
Packed lunch will be provided
2:00 pm Meet St Helena Museum Curator, visiting the archives if of interest.
An evening at my own leisure.
10:00 Plantation Tour, meeting Jonathan the Tortoise, with Joe the Vet, this could be the most exciting interview on the whole trip!
2.00 pm Ruperts Bay and the slave connection – Basil George
6:00pm – Wash up with tourism team – Cathy/Matt – venue tbc.
Wednesday 19th March 2014 Sunrise SMAS
Dependent on the RMS’s departure time, the hotel will transfer your cabin baggage to the Wharf. The morning is then free until embarkation time. Melissa Fowler will co-ordinate with you regarding this, as exact timings will be confirmed closer to the date.
Depart St Helena, for Cape Town.