The world’s largest floating book fair, Logos Hope, will make its first visit to South Africa in March.
The ship carries more than 5 000 book titles and over 500 000 volumes, and is operated by 400 crew members from 60 different countries.
The Logos Hope began its tour of Africa in November, in Seychelles, and is currently docked in Maputo, Mozambique.
The ship will arrive in Durban on 16 March – during the Time of the Writer Festival – before travelling up to Richards Bay. From there it will move on to Walvis Bay, Namibia, in mid-July.
Upcoming Ports and opening dates:
- Durban: 17 March – 3 April 2016
- Richards Bay: 5 May – 17 May 2016
- East London: 20 May – 30 May 2016
- Port Elizabeth: 9 June – 19 June 2016
Note: Because of administrative reasons, the ship will no longer visit Cape Town
The Logos Hope’s on-board book fair offers a range of genres, including science, cookbooks, fiction and Christian literature, as well as children’s books and academic texts. The Welcome Area introduces the new vessel with a short movie and interactive display, while the International Café sells ice cream, drinks and snacks. Visitors are also able to explore the Visitor Experience Deck.
Entrance is R5. Children under 12 years old enter for free, but must be accompanied by an adult.
The Logos Hope’s smaller sister ship, Doulos, visited South Africa in 2005, stopping at two ports and welcoming 80 000 visitors. It has since been decommissioned.
Both ships are operated by the German-based Christian non-profit charitable organisation Gute Bücher für Alle (GBA Ships) or “Good Books for all” in English. Since 1970, the organisation has welcomed over 45 million visitors in over 160 countries and territories around the world.