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May 22 2008

Madagascar – island of extremes

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Angie and I just completed a remarkable safari to Madagascar as participants in Wildlife Worldwide’s 5th annual Festival of Wildlife, bringing together wildlife photographers, artists and journalists and guests for a week of workshops, lectures and game walks. Highlights of the Festival were visits to Andasibe-Mantadia National Park where we enjoyed close encounters with lemurs and the incredible vocal chorus of the indri, followed by three days enjoying the rocky coastline and sandy beaches around Anjajavy in the company of fish eagles and sacred giant baobabs. We then departed on an extension with nine of the Festival participants – many of them old friends from previous journeys – to a number of key locations around Madagascar to give us a better understanding of the incredible diversity of landscapes and wildlife that the country has to offer visitors.

This was our first visit to Madagascar, an island nation the size of France lying 200 miles off the east coast of Africa. Continue Reading »

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Apr 18 2008

Madagascar and Indaba

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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