Located roughly 200 miles off Africa’s east coast – the island nation of Madagascar is uniquely different than the rest of the continent. You’ll find lemurs, dense, lush rainforests with much of its flora found nowhere else on earth, including the quirky spiny forests, and arid deserts with unusual rock formations throughout. Madagascar’s menageries of weird and wonderful creatures includes the world’s biggest and smallest chameleons and over 70 species of lemur- longtailed primates endemic to the island. The Madagascan landscape is no less compelling than the resident wildlife,with terrain ranging from lush jungles and palm frimged beaches to the knife-edge karst tsingys of the Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park’s “stone forests”. Madagascar is an otherworldly paradise where visitors are offered a unique glimpse into a fantastic one-of-a kind world.
What We Love About Madagascar
Gorgeous gorillas — No matter what you choose to do in Uganda, Mountain gorillas are the rightful stars of the safari. Tucked high on the misty cool mountainsides, these families are not unlike our own. Protective fathers sitting sentry, mothers trying to wrangle wily children, and youngsters with boundless energy testing their limits and abilities every day. It is a beautiful experience to sit alongside these creatures and witness a fragment of their world.
Active conservation — Various destinations in Uganda offer you the chance to assist in research or care for rescued wildlife. Spend a day habituating chimpanzees in Kibale Forest or perhaps assist a lion researcher in collecting valuable data in Queen Elizabeth National Park. For those who need to know more about the care of rescued animals, Ngamba Island and the Uganda Wildlife Education Center offer hands-on experiences and in-depth discussions about issues facing wildlife in the country.
Authenticity — There is a very peaceful and calm vibe when traveling through Uganda. Local artists and vendors are very subtle and quiet in contrast to their counterparts in other East African nations. Culture, heritage, and tradition are treated with reverence and are unexpectedly genuine and warm. The Karamajong people near Kidepo Valley are fascinating and genuinely invite you to mingle in their villages. The marginalized Batwa in the Bwindi area share their ancient ways of survival in the forest with visitors. Travelers may come to view gorillas but they will go home loving the Ugandan people.
Big journeys start with small steps...
~ African Proverb