A question was raised in another thread regarding ports in Africa. Yes, many midshipmen have traveled to Africa during their sea year. I personally went to the west coast; however, many also go to the east coast. I haven't heard of many people going to South Africa. Oh, almost forgot I went to Egypt as a 3rd Mate as well. Anyway, west coast is fairly poor and most are considered third world countries. I was on a break bulk ship (awesome experience by the way) which went to Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, Ghana, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, and two others I can't think of right now. All are pretty poor, but I had the chance to get off in all of the ports. Sierra Leone was probably the "scariest" given that there was really no electricity and driving to dinner one night consisted of driving past several manned machine gun positions. I believe those who travel to the east coast get the chance to go on Safaris on a fairly regular basis. Those who go to Egypt generally get to go to the pyramids. Overall it's a great opportunity and I highly recommend one trip there in a lifetime.