When I arrived on Madagascar’s shores in April of 2017, it was like I had stepped back into a place completely removed from the rest of the world. Madagascar is an island off the coast of mainland Africa, yet most species here exist nowhere else on earth, from friendly ringtail lemurs to the brilliantly colored chameleons. Its isolation has created a unique and extraordinary biodiversity unmatched anywhere else in the world, so I was eager to explore this strange island. One of the wonderful aspects about my role as WT’s Africa Specialist is getting to experience places like this.
Our Trip Leader, Vy Raharinosy, greeted me on arrival and off we went for a two-week odyssey around Madagascar. We hiked in lush rainforest, saw sunset and sunrise in the Avenue of the Baobabs, planted trees in Andasibe, watched lemurs jumping between trees above us, and met many local people who passionately showed us their innovative solutions to help preserve their beautiful country. Madagascar is not an easy place—it is like adventure travel of 20 years ago—rough roads, difficult to get to, simple accommodations—but the rewards are endless. I understand now why seasoned travelers often return—they can’t get enough the first time. I know I’ll be back! Here is a small snapshot of my amazing journey.
The wildlife, the people, and, of course, the amazing “Vyman,” made this trip absolutely unforgettable. It was a wonderful experience and such an honor to see this corner of the world. I’ll be back!