Mila’s photo blog from her walking safari in Zambia

Posted on September 25, 2015 by - Trip Reports, Walking

“Wilderness is not a luxury. It is a necessity of the human spirit” Edward Abbey

Mila (Milandi) recently came back from a walking safari in Zambia. Where she visited both the Lower Zambezi and South Luangwa National Park as a guest with Norman Carr Safaris. Milandi’s a budding photographer so she felt it was best to illustrate the trip, not with words, but her own photos…

Mila's Zambia walking trip Lower Zambezi 1

The Lower Zambezi National Park lies on the north bank of the Zambezi River in south eastern Zambia. Until 1983 when the area was declared a national park the area was the private game reserve of Zambia’s president. This has resulted in the park being protected from the ravages of mass tourism and remains one of the few pristine wilderness areas left in Africa.

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My Madagascar Safari – is it right for you?

Posted on August 25, 2015 by - Trip Reports

I have just returned from a 3 week research trip in Madagascar. And my overwhelming enthusiasm is tinged with mixed emotions. . .

There are so many positive things to say about Madagascar – the stunning scenery, unique wildlife, glorious beaches, friendly people, delicious seafood, beautiful walks through rainforests and National Parks, and world class diving and snorkelling. But there are also some negatives. . . Mainly around two main points – its capital city Antananarivo, and its airline Air Madagascar which has a monopoly on internal flights.

Yet again I am reminded of how different Madagascar is from our other destinations. The concept of ‘Africa time’ hardly exists in most of our destinations in terms of our client’s holiday experience. The flights depart on time, the road transfers are waiting, the activities happen as planned. As I have said elsewhere, this cannot be guaranteed in Madagascar. So you need to have a more open mind about travel if you add Madagascar to your bucket list…

I planned my three week trip to co-incide with the end of my daughter’s volunteer work in Nosy Be, but I also landed right in the middle of an Air Madagascar strike. This led to me seeing far more of the country’s roads than I had originally planned!!!

Let’s first focus on the positives…

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