Zanzibar Trip Report by Kate

Posted on February 5, 2016 by - Trip Reports

Zanzibar is a tropical island so it’s warm throughout the year averaging 26-28c. It is generally very humid and the hottest months are November-December, even though November has some ‘short’ rains. The main rainy period (so considered the ‘low season’) is April to June when I visited. Though it was always warm, we did have some cloudy days and we did have rain. If you are just coming to relax and enjoy the ocean, then I would not let this put you off. However if you are real sun-lovers wanting to soak up the rays on the beach then you may want to avoid this time…

 

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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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