In partnership with the Directorate of the Galapagos National Park and Charles Darwin Foundation, Google has now made available Google Maps and Street View coverage of the fantastic bio-diversity region, the Galapagos Islands. For the first time you can now explore the islands via Street View’s high definition imagery in full 360 degrees! Not only can you see the fantastic array of animals on land but Google have also captured imagery underwater so you can see the Galapagos Sea Lions as well!
The Galapagons Islands Street View imagery can be accessed via the link below:
From Islao it was a 4 hour drive to Tulear & then a 1.5 hour, only 25 km, ride along the bumpy sand road to Ifaty. I was very good & did all the hotel inspections on the way to the hotel where I was staying for the night, so by the time I arrived @ la Mira Hotel I just wanted to get in the pool & cool down. Ifaty is a beach area with hotels dotted along the coast line. It was the perfect place to rest after a vey hectic & active trip south. Most of the hotels I visited were very nice. I personally preferred la Mira & Dunes Hotels.
La Mira is owned by an elderly gentleman who had lived in the highlands of Scotland-so we had a lovely chat. The swimming pool was a godsend as a heat wave had hit the area. The food was excellent, especially for me, as this hotel had the most vegetarian options of anywhere I have been.. wonderful.. Not that I struggled anywhere for vegetarian food.. I always had choices. For non vegetarians the food inMadagascaris superb-the sea food especially is excellent. I had 2 nights in Ifaty so a full day off to relax – brilliant, & even if I say so myself was well deserved.. I really appreciated getting into the pool for the sunset..
From Ifaty I went back by road to Tulear to take the speedboat over to Anakao. I only had 1 night at the beautiful Anakao Ocean Lodge Hotel. Anakao is a coastal fishing town with the good hotels located away from the town in secluded beachfront areas. It is necessary to take the speed boat service from Tulear as by road it would take hours. I arrived at Anakao Ocean Lodge during low tide so a hotel Piroque came to cullet us from the speed boat- I have to admit I was a little daunted about the transfer from 1 to the other, but it went ok without any mishap.. When I left the following day it was high tide so the speed boat came in & got me from the beach- phew!! This is a lovely area & a good option for honeymooners, but also because of the mangrove areas it is a good spot for bird watchers.
So I head back to Tana again so I can take the L’Hotel Anjajavy’s flight in the morning. I was on the 9-seat plane & was allowed to sit next to the pilot- I assured the other passengers I would simply observe & I could see the relief on their faces.. J The views as we flew North West, past Majunga, were wonderful. However it was concerning to see the extent of the deforestation. This whole stretch from Tana to Majunga was once all forest & now you are lucky to see some small green patches.
Arriving at Anjajavy airfield the hotel manager, Cedric, was there to give us all a very warm welcome. Cold bottles of water & cool face towels were available. We then got into the 4X4 to head for the hotel, through the Mangrove area. En route it was clear to see how passionate Cedric is about the property. He made stops to explain about their re-forestation programme, which they are heavily investing time & money into.
The private reserve of Anjajavy covers 550 hectares & guests will easily see the 2 species of lemurs they have there- the brown lemur & the dancing Sifaka lemurs. There are also 2 nocturnal lemurs species – the Sportive & Mouse Lemurs. The other wildlife is also wonderful here & it is the ideal place to mix relaxation, luxury & beach with wildlife – plus the hotel has many activities on offer.
There are only 24 bungalows but the hotel has 100 staff & 20 executive staff that speak English. The service at this hotel is excellent & every guest is made to feel so welcome. Nothing is too much trouble for them & the food was amazing.
I went with Cedric & his 2 beautiful daughters on the boat trip to MorombaBay. We saw the mushroom islands & saw the absolutely massive sacred Baobab tree, which is over 1000 years old, how incredible is that?! – but please remember you are not allowed to point at with your fingers!. It was a great trip & I would recommend it to all my clients. On my last night the hotel put on a traditional dance show- with the local people & children taking part, it was wonderful & I was really sad to leave the next morning. Nevertheless, it was a wonderful end to a very busy but rewarding trip.
I had to stay in Tana for 3 nights, which is a drag but has to be done sometimes to fit in with the domestic flights. As I had an afternoon free I headed to the handicraft market- which is where I bought my obligatory pink hat & basket.. this is a shoppers paradise..
I love Madagascar, it is not currently overly commercialised or touristy. The combination of all the amazing wildlife, the flora & Fauna, the wonderful people, excellent food, stunningly beautiful beaches & a whole array of accommodation makes it a very special & unique place to visit. I wonder if I will be allowed to make another trip next year – I do still need to see the Avenue of Baobabs in the West!
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So after a very long day we arrive at Ranomafana & Setam Lodge. All the accommodation in this area is fairly basic, but is comfortable, clean & has private facilities. The real draw to this area is the National Park & the wildlife. On my trek- in reality a walk for me, I saw heaps of lemurs – there are 12 species here & I was lucky enough to see the Golden bamboo Lemur.
When we arrived at the view point where we were expecting to have a stunning view anyway was made all the more fantastic to have about 20 lemurs in the trees really close to us. Some seemed really interested in us & seemed to be studying me! – maybe it was my pink cagoule. The paths here were good & even though its not very flat terrain the steps were in excellent condition. I managed so that means its ok . Apart from my private guide there was also a Pisteur- who goes off ahead of us to locate the lemurs & then through whistle communication tells the guide where we need to head. What a brilliant idea & it works extremely well.
I also did all the hotel / lodge inspections. I personally liked Setam Lodge as it was closer to the National park & seemed to fit in with the natural environment. However if clients want to be in the small town so as to be able to eat in local restaurants then there are other options. There can be availability problems, especially during high season so we also offer accommodation in nearby Fianarantsoa, which is a much larger town.
Next we are heading for Isalo – which was a big highlight of my trip. However en route I stopped at Ambalavao to visit the winery, see the silk being produced & visited the paper factory- which was more interesting that it sounds- honestly! We then carried on so that I could visit Anja Park- which is a local project that helps fund 4 villages. We did arrive quite late so it was a rush to see the Ringtail lemurs before they headed off to bed. But we saw then & some were lying out on the big rock catching the sum- it was wonderful to see. Then we watched then head off around these huge rocks to the places they sleep. It was worth visiting this area but I would suggest that you need a stopover to make the most of it. I stayed at Varangue de Betsileo, which was lovely & had amazing views of the rocky mountains.
Another stop en route to Islao was to the camps located in the Andringitra area. Camp Catta and Tsar Camp. It is quite a journey a long very bad road to these properties, but once
After a very long day I arrive at Islao- well its actually called Ranohira. Islao is the name of the rocky mountain range. The scenery here is stunning & totally different to the national park areas I have visited before. It really is the rocky mountain area of Madagascar. The National Park is massive so 2 nights is definitely needed & even 3 would be better – depending on how much walking / hiking clients want to do. In the area there are some amazing places to stay. I stayed at Setrana Lodge- which have luxury tents, with a brick built bathroom attached. This was a beautiful place to stay & I was very happy.. I also visited the other hotels including Islao Rock Lodge which was stunning & extremely comfortable. The sister hotels Relais de la Reine & Jardin de Roy were also extremely nice. there this is a fabulous place for adventurous clients wanting to go on long hikes, mountain climb etc.
I of course only had the 1 night here but so wished I could have stayed longer.
I had a wonderful trip to Madagascar last year when I visited many of this island’s fascinating areas, having the opportunity to see national parks & inspecting lots of the hotels & lodges. The trip really helped me to plan & book the perfect trip for many of our clients during last year. However, Madagascar is a huge island, so no matter how intense my first trip was, I did not cover even half of the island. Therefore, I headed back again this year- this time for 18 days and learnt even more.
On this trip I went up to Maroantsetra & Masoala National park, then did the southern route by road staying at Ranomafana & Islao- ending this part of the trip at Ifaty & then over by speed boat to Anakao. I was then lucky enough to end the very hectic trip with 3 nights at the absolutely spectacular Anjajavy Hotel.
As I had a long trip, 18 nights which would take a client approx 5 weeks to do, I will break the blogs down into separate parts- so you can have a break!
Masoala National Park is a really special area to visit being one of the countries largest protected region. Getting there is not very easy but definitely worthwhile. The only option – unless you want to be in the episode of the BBC’s “World’s Most Dangerous Roads” – is to fly from Tana or Tamatave to Maroantsetra. The schedule is not great however with direct flights currently only operating twice a week. It is necessary to have at least the first night in Maroantsetra as the sea transfer to Masoala has to be early in the morning- the sea can get very rough- so the earlier the better. I had a particularly rough 2 hour crossing & would not recommend this trip to anyone that gets sea sick. But arriving @ Masoala was well worth the wet ride!! It is a beautiful area & the National park is full of wildlife. 2 or 3 nights would be ideal to stay here, but the length of stay is going to be dictated by the domestic flight schedules in & out.
Clients that ask me about this area are usually hoping that they will get the chance to see the elusive Aye Aye lemur. However, they are extremely difficult to spot – they are nocturnal & Masoala currently does not allow night time walks. En route to Masoala I did visit Nosy Mangabe as it is possible to camp on this island but it cannot be guaranteed to see the Aye Aye- some people have camped for a week & left disappointed.
On my arrival for a 1-night stay in Masoala, I visited many of the lodges that are located on the stunning beach coast. The popular choices are the Tampolo Lodge & the Masoala Forest Lodge. My personal favourite was the newly opened Petite Masoala. It is located next to the park entrance – which is really convenient & they have 6 beautifully designed, very spacious bungalows.
Masoala has a lot to offer with stunning beaches & a huge amount of wildlife – please just do not build your hopes up too high on seeing an Aye Aye..
Then I head back to Maroantsetra for a night before flying back to Tana. I really liked the Relais du Masoala. They have individual bungalows & across the little lakes bridge you can walk to the beach & watch the local fishermen come back from the days fishing & watch the children enjoy swimming in the sea. The hotels food was great & they had a swimming pool.
The Southern Route: This is a really popular choice for clients as it minimises the number of domestic flights required- as you only need 1 to get form Tulear back up to Tana. It certainly helps with not having to work around the domestic flight schedule as we travel all way down by road. Some of the roads are really windy but I have been on worse in Costa Rica. Time being of the essence I only stopped off in Antsirabe to see the hotels we would use but I would recommend that clients break their journey here to Ranomafana. My favourite places would be Café Couleur & for clients interested in plants, they will love Chambres des Voyageurs.
Recently the Daily Mail featured an excellent article about Madagascar featuring stunning photos from expert photographer Paolo Torchio who spent one month travelling the Western region of Madagascar. The article features some of the most amazing sights of Madagascar including the “upside down” looking Baobab Trees and numerous pictures of Madagascar’s iconic Lemurs and Tsingy’s.
Be sure to take a look at these photos on the Daily Mail website using the link below:
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The next morning we had an early flight back to Antananarivo – called Tana for short- for obvious reasons! On arrival we were met by our lovely driver / guide Honoré & headed off on the drive to Andasibe – which is a fabulous area for National parks, wildlife, birds & walking.
After a few hotel / lodge inspections we only just got to Vakona’s private lemur sanctuary island before it closed for the day. This was the first place we visited where the lemurs actually come onto our shoulders to get the banana the guide had given us. It was amazing to be so close to them & they were so gentle. I had a brown lemur on my shoulder & he put his hand (or is it a paw, I don’t know!!) under mine & gently pulled it to his mouth to get the banana. It is probably wrong to be feeding them but it is a great way to get close to them. It was an amazing experience & wonderful to get so close. There was absolutely nothing to worry about.
Next morning we visited the National park & had a very muddy walk but saw the biggest lemurs, theinfamous Indri Indri. I certainly would not want one of these big lemurs on my shoulder! They make a really loud call & we were lucky enough to hear it, but not quick enough to record it.. it sounded so loud & can apparently be heard 1 km away..
Next we continued with Honoré to Manambato where we leave him to take the boat transfer along the lakes & Pangalanes to Ankanin’ny Nofy. This was a really interesting journey, the beach we left from was lovely & the locals were swimming in the warm water. Then we cross the lake to the Pangalanes that link the lakes & were originally built by the French so traders could move cargo & avoid going by the rough sea. They are a lifeline for the villages you see along the way – it was a fascinating journey.
We then had a night @ the Palmarium Lodge. All the lodges in this area are isolated & a boat is needed to get to & from them. We went into the Palmarium reserve & saw many lemurs – they were also around the lodge & going on guests shoulders for some excellent photo opportunities. The food at the hotel was excellent and in the bar they put on a dancing show with the local children & young girls. Guests were encouraged to participate & I danced with a really cute 5 year old & Maisie attempted the dance with the heavy bottle balanced on her head – without success!!
The next morning we are off again, by boat, continuing along the Pangalanes to Tamatave. Honoré is there to meet us as we continue up the coast by car to Mahambo for a night @ the La Piroque Hotel- a lovely boutique hotel on the beach. By going here we avoided having to spend a night in Tamatave & taking a domestic flight the next day. We instead headed north along the really scenic coastal road, stayed 1 night then continued to Soanierana Ivongo. From Ivongo we took the 2 hour local boat / ferry crossing across to the idyllic island of Ile Sainte Marie. This ferry crossing is used by tourists & local people – some carrying a live chicken or 2!!
Ile Sainte Marie was fabulous. We were met off the boat & did some hotel inspections. The island is really clean & there is a sense of pride that the local people have. The beaches are gorgeous & this island is especially busy June to September / early October, when the female humpback Whales come to the shallow sea canal to give birth. The males then arrive to start the mating season & the calves get ready to leave 3 months after they are born. We were not there for this but it sounds like an incredible sight. They can be seen from the shore but there are also half & full day boat trips to get closer. There are many hotels, with the most well know probably being the Princess Bora. We were lucky enough to stay here for 1 night & it was wonderful. we had an executive bungalow right on the stunning beach & we would have loved to stay longer. They have bikes free of charge for guest to use for exploring the island. The spa looked amazing- we had no time to try it out unfortunately . The swimming pool was great & they also have the wooden pier out to a decking area with double size sun loungers & a natural sea swimming pool area. We also really liked Masoandro Lodge & Soanambo Hotel. Masoandro Lodge is ideal for clients wanting to be more within nature & in a quieter hotel. Soanambo Hotel has recently been totally refurbished & is a really comfortable & modern hotel.
We were sad to be leaving this paradise island & could easily have stayed a few more days, but it was not to be.. The transfer from the Princesse Bora Hotel to the nearby airport was an experience as you go by a Zebu drawn cart. Wonderful!
We flew with Air Madagascar from Marseille & back to Paris. The flights were very good & the aircraft was very comfortable- they now have an ex Air France aircraft with individual TV screens, good legroom etc. There are no direct flights to Madagascar & with the French history with the Island, the better connections go via Paris. Air France has the best timetable & offer connections for UK regional airports as well. Air Madagascar only fly 2 -3 times a week but the big advantage in flying with Air Mad is that the domestic flights are half price- so if your trip involves a number of flight transfers it really helps keep the cost down.
We arrived very early in the morning & had a couple of hours to freshen up @ the IC Hotel- which is ideally located 5 minutes from the airport. After breakfast, we then had the 40 minute drive into the city to see some of the hotels. There are some nice ones but the city is not really somewhere to spend any time in, so I preferred the shorter transfer from the airport & the IC Hotel. But if clients do have more time between flights & would like to be in the city then we really liked Hotel Pavillon de L’Emyrne – this was a small 13 room boutique hotel with heaps of character. Other good options are the Palissandre Hotel & Hotel du Louvre – both of which have a swimming pool.
After the hotel inspections, we headed to the airport to take the domestic flight south to Port Dauphin. On arrival our local guide Benoit met us & we left with the driver to travel along the very bumpy road to Berenty Lodge. It was certainly worth the bumps as this was our first chance to see the Lemurs. There were so many Ringtail Lemurs & the highlight for us was seeing the Sifaka Lemur dance across the ground- they were hilarious. What I particularly liked about this lodge was that they did not feed the lemurs & discouraged guests from doing so. The lemurs were all around the lodge & on our roof waking us in the morning. But we did also see lots of them in the reserve & also took a night time tour to see the nocturnal lemurs – those photos didn’t come out so well.
Next stop was Port Dauphin & we visited a lovely reserve called Reserve de Nahampoana. Staying the night in Port Dauphin is generally needed to fit in with the domestic flights.
We have been specialising in travel to Madagascar for 6 years but I had not been myself- & therefore did not sell it to clients. Our motto is that we only sell destinations that we have been to & know.
I have heard colleagues talk about this country & it sounded fascinating so I am really glad that I finally visited this amazing island. As usual, the itinerary was jammed packed – & was probably the most hectic schedule I have had for any inspection trip. In 14 nights we stayed in 12 hotels, inspected about 25, took 5 domestic flights & several boat transfers. Yes, it was hectic & would take a client 5 weeks to do the same @ a leisurely pace, but it was a fantastic trip & we saw a lot of this islands diversity.
When I say we – I took my 16-year-old niece for her 16 th birthday treat. She had a great time but now realises that when I go away for work it is not a “holiday”. Having Maisie with me was great & helped me a lot. She lives in France & of course is fluent in French, so could translate for me. French is the 2nd language of Madagascar- after Malagasy. English is their 3 rd language & sometimes 4th after Italian. Guides & hotel staff speak English so it is not essential for clients to be able to speak any French, but it does help to know a few words.
With such a full itinerary doing 1 blog would be far too long… so I am going to split it down & do separate blogs for each area…
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As our existing clients will know- we do not sell anything that we have not experienced ourselves. So it fell on me to visit the bottom of the world – the frozen continent of Antarctica. I will be honest & admit that it was a trip that I was not at all sure about.. It is a big trip, to visit a place where there has never been any civilization, somewhere I perceived to be extremely cold & as it is so big- 58 times bigger than the UK, how much wildlife would I really see?
Well I should never have worried, my trip to Antarctica was absolutely amazing & I would go back like a shot – given the chance. Like many people I watched David Attenborough’s Frozen Planet series on TV & was bowled over by the programme. But I was a little cynical & thought it would not be like that in reality these guys were there filming for months. I was so wrong. The wildlife was phenomenal. I saw; Gentoo penguins, Chinstrap Penguins, Adelie penguins, Weddell Seals, Leopard Seals, Crabeater Seals, Antarctic Minke Whales, Humpback Whales, Orca Whales, Hourglass Dolphins & too many types of birds to mention – the highlight being the 2 types of Albatross we saw.
Apart from the amazing wildlife so easily seen on the trip, the facts about this continent fascinate me.
It is the least known of the earths land masses & fewer than 200,000 people have ever been there- that is as many people that visit the special Galapagos Islands in 1 year!! & now I am one of those lucky people!!
Antarctic is the 5th largest continent based on size but the smallest in population with a population of zero!
From October to February the “summer” months there is 24 hour sunshine & the other 6 months is 24 hours darkness. How strange is that??
Antarctica is technically the largest desert in the world- as dry as the Sahara Desert. I still cannot quite get my head around that one!!
Only 2% of the land is not covered by ice & in the winter months Antarctica doubles in size as the ocean freezes in the 24 hours of darkness.
So lets start at the beginning of my trip.. I needed to be in Southern Chile & a small city called Punta Arenas – where the flights to Antarctica depart from. All passengers need to arrive by 3pm the day before so that we can have a briefing on safety, what to wear etc. then the very important boot fitting. Knee high thermal wellie type boots are included & I wore mine everyday for all the excursions, so getting a comfortable pair in the right size is important. Overnight @ the hotel is included as well as dinner in a local restaurant – which was a great way to meet my fellow passengers.
The flight to Antarctica does not always go as scheduled & the decision about take off is 100% the pilot / captains. Safety is paramount & the weather conditions in Antarctica can delay flights. We unfortunately were delayed by 1 day but once we were on board our ship- the Ocean Nova, the Captain & expedition team made sure we did not miss anything. When we arrived at the Chilean Frei Station on King George Island we had to be fully dressed with hats, scarf’s, water proof trousers etc to get off the plane.
We then walked across the “runway” & down through the middle of the Chilean station on our right & the Russian station to the left – or was it the other way around!? I was too excited to remember.
In the distance we could see our ship (you are not supposed to call it a boat as the Captain gets offended!!) & on the beach the Zodiac boats & the expedition staff waiting to take us to the Ocean Nova- our home for 6 days 5 nights. So we get our life jackets on & we are off on the zodiacs- all very excited to be there. Our bags had been tagged with our cabin numbers back @ the hotel in Punta Arenas, so we make our way straight to the lounge / bar area for a welcome from the staff & crew. By the time this finished our bags were in our cabins so we could freshen up for lunch. The food on board was wonderful, lots of choice & the Chilean wine served with all meals (except Breakfast perhaps!) was very popular. I should say at this point that it is a free bar on board so although I am not a wine drinker I was kept happy!! No-one drank too much at lunch times as we were not too sure how difficult it would be getting on & off the zodiac boats!!
Our first landing was after lunch at Yankee Harbour. We were met by the cutest inhabitants- thousands of penguins, many with their chicks. They are so lovely & cute but let me tell you – those years of frozen penguin poo that has defrosted in summer makes for a horrible smell!! So a big tip to all clients, especially those like me that are very smell sensitive - have a nice perfume sprayed on your scarf & cover your nose with it!!!
As we had missed 1 day with the flight delay, & as it is 24 hours daylight, one day we had 4 excursions; 1 before breakfast, then the normal morning excursion, then we were off again in the afternoon, finishing the day with an evening trip on to the glacier & seeing heaps of Weddell seals. Generally there are 2 excursions a day & as the team told us this is not a holiday but an expedition they were so right. But I strangely never felt tired. We saw so much each day & even visited an Argentinean station as well as another Chilean station so we could see how the research staff live & learn about what they are researching. Everyone was in awe of the icebergs & how they look so blue in colour- an optical illusion. They are massive & they can just roll around as they are not fixed to the sea bed. One of my most favourite & memorable excursions was the zodiac trip around Spert Island– the icebergs were so beautiful.
As I needed to experience the infamous Drake Passage I took the last cruise of the season & therefore experienced the flight to Antarctica & then came back with the ship to Ushuaia in Argentina via the Drake Passage – which is described as the roughest stretch of water in the world. I had to do it so I could advise clients correctly. As you can imagine I was definitely not looking forward to experiencing the Drake Passage. It takes 2 days & there is nothing to see apart from waves crashing over the boat. We were lucky -allegedly (my friend on board- Australian Lyn would definitely not agree with the term lucky!) as using the official Beaufort Scale – which measures wind speed at sea – we only experienced 4-5 & close to a 6 on the 2nd night, out of a top scale of 12, which is a Hurricane force!! Out of the 50 or so passengers I think there were only 3 or 4 of us that were in the bar having a drink!! Several people (poor Lyn included) were not seen for 2 whole days as they could not leave their cabins. I did not feel ill but even I vomited a couple of times – trying to read or work on an iPad are not recommended as I found out!! So my conclusion was that even if you do not get sea sick it is a boring 2 days so to sail there & back would take 4 days!! A complete waste of valuable time. Plus I can imagine that if you were ill on the way to Antarctica the thought of coming back that way would spoil your enjoyment of the fun stuff..
The program for 2012/13 will be a fly – cruise – fly program, so our clients will not have to sail through the Drake Passage at all.
After the Drake Passage we made a stop @ the southern most southern town in the world- Port William. The ship had supplies to drop off so we had some time to walk to the yacht club- an old boat, for a drink or 2. We met 3 British guys in there that had just sailed through Drake Passage in a small sail boat – complete madness if you ask me!!
Back on board we set sail for Ushuaia. When we woke up in the morning we were in Ushuaia- no penguins to be seen but lots of other boats, roads, cars, people, noise etc- talk about a shock to the system.. But all good things have to come to an end & I was to visit Tierra del Fuego that morning- will blog about that separately!/
Now I have been on the “expedition” I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Antarctica to our clients. It is a paradise for anyone interested in wildlife. The feeling of being somewhere so unique & un-spoilt made it probably the most special place I have ever been. It certainly was the trip of a lifetime. I also met some incredible people on board, the staff & fellow passengers were there for all the right reasons & it was a joy to have met them.
So to summarize, my trip to Antarctica was more than I ever expected & I feel privileged to have been there.