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Close encounters of a different kind…

The following morning, I was driven to a place just outside of Vakona where there is an island called “Lemur Island”. Lemur Island is a project that exists to rescue lemurs, who have been taken from the wild with the sole purposes of exploitation by the captive wildlife trade and or illegally kept captive as…

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Observations of a snappy sign…

As I walk onto the next area I am greeted with a wooden sign with an arrow pointing to the left… It reads “Crocodiles this way”… I look at my guide bearing in mind this Nile crocodile is in front of me having a break and there is literally nothing to prevent it suddenly running…

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Nerves of Steel…

Back on the road and there is a change of plan which I had’t anticipated. I would be heading to Mahajanga with a brief unplanned stop to the region of Vakinankaratra and then Fianarantsoa. My driver was still on the driving like a bat out of hell mission and the journey on the way to…

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The Mists of Ranomafana…

Showdown complete, I meet my new and improved guide Vula. Vula was incredibly understanding and equally appalled by what I had been put through. My final week in Madagascar meant my remaining itinerary was revised and tailored to my choosing. As I’d missed out on Ampijoroa National Park, we changed the final week whereby, I’d…

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Lunching leeches…

I head into the rainforest and as you will see from my photography, Ranomafana is nothing short of spectacular. It is picturesque and the biodiversity is incredible. If I honestly add anymore of my photography, it will mean the text is a little shorter but the photography speaks volumes. I have aimed to name as…

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Conservation with lack of information…

“This is the story of what happens when a set of animals and plants are cast away on an island for millions of years. This is how this curious wonderland came into being. Madagascar is an unrepeatable experiment, a set of animals and plants evolving in isolation for over 60 million years. We’re still trying…

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Epic Madagascar…

This conservation park is a real gem and I can honestly say, I may never have come into contact with so many species, if I hadn’t spotted the sign at the side of the road at the start of my trip as I was whizzed past. As I continued to explore, I am introduced to…

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The Undergrowth of Thursley and the Vastness of Petworth…

In all honesty I had not actually heard of Thursley before. It was by chance I had seen a social media post about this unique beauty spot that brought it to my attention. Whilst the planning of this trip was in fact short notice, I had additionally incorporated a visit to Petworth in West Sussex,…

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Cultural Cotswolds

September was a busy month for me. I had decided to make the most of the Indian summer and the small amount of freedom permitted between lockdowns allowed me to visit some of my most favourite places in the UK. One of the places planned at short notice was the Cotswolds. Famous for its quintessential…

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Gorge-ous Cider and Cheese…

The “West Country” is one of my favourite places in the UK, it is the epitome of old England. My most favourite place is the iconic Cheddar Gorge. My late father used to take us there regularly as kids and it is here I learned more about geology, history and the famous ciders and cheeses.…

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