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Madagascar #8 – Chama, Chama, chameleon … and more

Dear friends, I thought this would be my final blog, but realized that there is just to much to show from our last few wonderful days in Madagascar. After flying back from the south and our visits to Fort Dauphin and Berenty Private Reserve, we had an overnight stay in Antananarivo, and then set off [...]

Madagascar #4 – Landscapes, livelihoods and lemurs

Dear friends, After the two National Parks in the north, and another overnight stay in Antananarivo, we flew to the far south, landing in Port Dauphin after looking down on some lovely country, mountains, rivers and lagoons and a long coastline, the breakers white against the deep blue of the Indian Ocean. From Port Dauphin [...]

2018-04-22T15:43:24+00:00April 22nd, 2018|Animals, Culture, photography, Travel, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Madagascar #1 – On the road to the north

Dear friends, I have spent the last two weeks in Madagascar, the world's fourth-largest island and home to some truly unique flora and fauna. After flying into the capital city, Antananarivo which became the pivot, we flew to the north, then the south and finally drove to the east. In the north, starting out from Diego [...]

Zanzibar #1 – Stonetown

Dear friends, Yep, I'm travelling again.  This time to spend a few days in Zanzibar with a friend and then on to Madagascar to explore the National Parks for a couple of weeks. I flew from Bangkok to Zanzibar via Nairobi and Kilimanjaro which afforded me some magnificent views of Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt Meru rising above [...]

Visiting Patara Elephant Farm

Dear friends, Just a 40-minute drive from my house is one of the best-managed elephant camps of the many, some 60 in fact, in the area around Chiang Mai in the north of Thailand. As part of my own continuing education about the welfare of captive elephants, I spent the morning there, observing, talking with the [...]