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!
Packing for India can be daunting especially if it’s your first visit. Before our first Indian adventure, I sifted through handfuls of online packing-lists, telling you first to pack light then listing just about everything under the sun. So what do you ACTUALLY need for India?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cilaos is one of Reunion’s famous cirques, a majestic natural amphitheater carved out of the crater of an ancient volcano. This striking jungle-clad interior is what Reunion is renowned for and what really makes this island truly unique.
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
Located in the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, 175 kms beyond Madagascar, little Reunion Island offers irresistible coast line and crystal clear waters to those lucky enough to visit.