Andasibe – How to Plan Your Perfect Weekend Getaway

If you’re visiting Madagascar for the first time, mystical Andasibe will inevitably pop-up on your itinerary. A stone’s throw from both Antananarivo and Tamatave, Andasibe is the gateway to Madagascar’s lush montane-forest and your best opportunity to see (and hear!) the haunting indri-indri, Madagascar’s largest lemur! The area hosts a great many parks and activities,  and with accommodation to suit all budgets, it’s a great weekend destination for any traveler! Need help planning your perfect weekend getaway? Here is the perfect  itinerary to get you started!  read more

Bulangula beach at sunset wild coast south africa

30 reasons why South Africa’s Wild Coast is the best place in Africa to be a backpacker (and maybe in the world!)

The Wild Coast is like no other South African destination. Far from the chaos of the cities, and still undiscovered by package tourism, it’s a place where backpackers mingle with Xhosa villagers and new-age hippies, far out of reach from the rest of the world. Here highways are replaced by dirt tracks and vehicles give way to roaming livestock. Undulating psychedelic green hills, spattered with quintessential mud huts, meet miles of untouched coastline under enormous skies.

A visit to Ranomafana National Park

Ranomafana is like a breath for fresh air. Just 30km off the RN7 between Abositra and Fianaransoa, it seems to be a world away from the dusty highlands and a welcome stop after a day on the road. As you wind your way towards the park you’ll feel a noticeable drop in temperature as the world around you becomes ever more shrouded in forest and mist. The sound of rushing water and the occasional glimpse of passing  waterfalls provide your first tantalizing taste of what to expect from this extraordinary park. read more

The need to knows of Andasibe

Mystical Andasibe is the gateway to Madagascar’s lush montane-forest and the spot to see (and hear!) the indri-indri, Madagascar’s largest lemur! Easily accessibly from Tana and Tamatave, the area hosts a great many parks, reserves and activities. And with accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets, it’s a great weekend destination for any traveler! Here is a quick summary of everything you’ll want to know when planning your trip. For the perfect itinerary suggestion click here. read more

Saint-Denis Reunion Island

Doing Reunion on a budget

One of the things that makes Reunion so magnificent is the fusion of French culture and island life. The old colonial buildings and sidewalk cafes are reminiscent of Paris, but the palm laden beaches and tropical climate will get you cruising to the island vibes. Being part of France, Reunion offers all the western comforts that are often hard to come by in remote island destinations. Roads are good, buses are on time, safety is of little concern and you don’t need to worry about hockers or beggars on the beach. The catch? Along with western conveniences, come western price tags. Reunion uses euros and you’ll find the cost of living aligns better with France than with surrounding Indian Ocean islands. That said, it doesn’t have to break the bank. Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your euros. read more

Botanical Gardens Saint-Denis Reunion Island

Making the Most of Reunion’s French Capital: 24 Hours in Saint-Denis

If you’re visiting Reunion Island, you’ll likely spend a night in Saint-Denis. Nestled between mountains, sky and sea, Saint-Denis is the entry point for most overseas visitors and Reunion’s largest city. Surprisingly this little French capital often gets overlooked by travelers