Apr 18 2008

Madagascar and Indaba

Published by at 3:34 am under Madagascar,Travel Club

We are off to Madagascar on Tuesday 22 April to participate in Wildlife Worldwide’s annual Feastival of Wildlife. Having never been to the island before we are very excited about trying our hands at some rather different kinds of photography – macro and flash. We will let you know how we get on. We are leading an extension in Madagascar after the Festival finishes and then fly on to Johburg in South Africa on the 8 May. On the 9 May we fly to Durban for the annual Travel Fair – Indaba – which is being held in Durban from the 10 to 14 May. This will give us the chance to meet with people involved in organising safaris in Southern Africa and to find out more about the camps and lodges in wilderness areas. We have visited Botswana (I lived there from 1975 to 76 – working for Jack Bousfield in Francistown) on many occasions and love Namibia and Zambia too. We hope to lead some exciting trips to these destinations in the years ahead – hence our visit to Indaba.

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2 Responses to “Madagascar and Indaba”

  1. Mark Pon 01 May 2008 at 7:41 am

    Dear Jonathan and Angie.

    Am relieved that things are now, “hopefully”, resolving themselves in Kenya and that a workable solution is being reached.
    Regarding your trip to Durban, I appreciate that at this early stage, (pre-Indaba), it would be too early for you to comment on trips you may one day lead to Zambia or Namibia, but; will you be able to give an approximation of notice of those plans once you have had a chance to sort things out. My wife and I are actively considering both of these destinations for future trips and I thought it would be even more enjoyable if we were lucky enough to join a group you were leading. Ideally, the more notice the better for leave etc. Look forward to catching up with all your news soon.

    P.S – Loved your talk at the Royal Geographical Society in November 2007 – but sadly, the finances will never stretch to an expedition of that magnitude.

  2. Jonathan and Angieon 18 Sep 2008 at 1:51 am

    Hi Mark – good to hear from you – Kenya is back on track but it is going to take longer than people expected for us to regain the one million visitors we had in 2007. We just enjoyed a weeks break at Diani beach on Kenya’s south coast – stayed at Sands at Nomads which was wonderfully relaxing and well worth a visit. But it was all too apparent that tourist numbers have yet to recover. So if you ever dreamed of a trip to Kenya then this could be the time to look for bargains – the product is superb whether at the coast or on safari, so if you want Kenya without the crowds book now.

    Followers of our work – and of our website – will be all too aware that we are a work in progress. Our son David who designed and manages our new website has done a brilliant job at trying to find some coherence to what we are trying to offer you – while at the same time undertake full time studies at the Academy of Art and Graphic Design in San Francisco. Don’t know how he does it!! Anyway – we are really excited about continuing to develop our site and to communicate with you all.

    Next year we are alrady booked on trips to the Arctic and the Antarctic with Exodus Travels – details of the Snow Hill Is/Emperor penguins and Antarctica trip is already up – and the Arctic trip on board the Vavilov runs from 24 June to 5 July 2009.

    We love Zambia – and Botswana and Namibia – and will be visiting again. Just not sure when yet!! We have the new Stars of Big Cat Diary book to write by end of March 2009 for publication in September 2009, a childrens book On Safari to finish, and hopefully another BCD Live to film next Sept/Oct too. We would love to fit in another trip to India in 2009 – possibly in April, and will be back at the Bird Fair in Rutland UK next year on the 21,22, and 23 courtesy of Swarovski Optik UK. We are hoping to give an illustrated talk at the Lichfield Camera Club in 2009 and possibly another at the RGS in London to launch the Stars of Big Cat Diary book. So have a feeling that Zambia and Southen Africa may not get a look in next year sadly.

    But keep checking on the website as things can change at a moments notice!!

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