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Venturing to Madagascar

Having had Madagascar on our travel list for longer than we can remember, we were finally able to lock in a trip to this beautiful and surprising island!  We confess to some trepidation, the recent popular news out of the country was slightly less than inviting and prompted many doubtful questions and comments from friends and family when announcing our next destination.  But if you can look past the headlines (which often serve an ulterior purpose, more on that later) you will discover, as we have, another of the worlds great treasures.

African Safari - Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia

After several safari visits to Africa we had never actually been lucky enough to see an African leopard.  So hopes were high on this trip to Zambia.  The Lower Zambezi was in particular our biggest hope for that elusive African leopard sighting.  Well, we need not have worried, in our experience, the Lower Zambezi was a veritable haven for a healthy, breeding, thriving leopard population, and almost immediately it felt like we were tripping (almost literally) over these beautiful, most majestic of animals.

African Safari - South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

After Busanga Plains in Kafue National Park, our next Zambian destination is the highly regarded South Luangwa National Park.  While not as well known as reserves in Botswana and South Africa, the South Luangwa is generally considered a great unsung safari destination, with incredible game viewing, superb guiding and a small number of exceptional safari camps.

Lunch on Our Private Beach, Lizard Island, Queensland

We are about to set sail in our little motor boat, the Liz III, from Lizard Island’s main resort beach, off to explore Turtle Cove on the island’s southern coast.  The boat is all ours – no co-passengers, no skipper, no guide.  Just the two of us, our snorkelling gear, our underwater cameras and our enormous lunch – two eskies full of drinks and food that were hauled on board by the beach club crew, and now sitting low in the bow of our boat.