It is now less than two weeks before I embark on what I am sure will be an amazing, eye opening adventure to Africa. Today is my last day of work which is both sad and exciting. I have spent the past few months raising money, researching, booking and planning to enable me to see as much as of the countries I visit as possible. So here is an outline of my trip:
On 3rd April 2013 I will fly to Antananarivo the capital of Madagascar where I will spend one night before flying down to the south of the island on 5th April. Many people aren’t aware of how vast Madagascar is; to give you an idea it is the 4th largest island in the world. I will be spending a month volunteering here with Azafady, an award winning charity that works with local people to help alleviate poverty and help to conserve unique and biologically rich endangered forest environments in the region.
Once I have finished my month of volunteering I will travel back to Antananarivo. I then have two weeks to explore Madagascar, during these two weeks I hope to visit the Indri, the world’s largest Lemur, and possibly travel to see the famous Baobabs or to one of the islands off the coast of Madagascar.
My next stop is Arusha, Tanzania where I will be staying for two days before embarking on a safari. I am extremely excited about this part of the trip as I will hopefully get to see lots of wildlife. I will be traveling to the Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater before returning to Arusha. I will then fly to the island of Zanzibar to get lost in Stone Town, hopefully see some turtles and monkeys and of course enjoy the beautiful beaches.
Departing Zanzibar I will say a sad farewell to my trusty traveling companion Hannah and hop on a flight to Cape Town South Africa. Here I will spend six weeks with The Expedition Project as their photographer and film-maker. My aim is to document the trip as we do a huge loop around South Africa visiting community and conservation projects.
After six weeks in South Africa I will head home from Port Elizabeth with a rucksack bursting with presents and a camera full of photographs and footage. I will update my blog as much as possible to let you know my progress so please keep checking the website. For now I will leave you with a photograph of the stuff I need to take (bare in mind this isn’t everything and it all needs to fit in my purple backpack and my camera bag!)
I hope you enjoy my future posts, thank you for reading!