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The Smell of Smouldering Fires – the future of Madagascar’s Spiny Forest

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NS_dD9vNVOE&feature=player_embedded My very first impression of Madagascar was the smell of smouldering fires. I was more than ten miles out to sea in a 35ft catamaran, having just caught a ride across the Mozambique Channel with two fellow South Africans, when a musty aroma like wet ash permeated the fresh sea air. It was the […]

Himba Encounter

Meeting the Himba was not what I expected. I imagined driving for hours through desolate, desert landscapes until finally reaching a remote village perched between rocky hills with no sign of modern civilisation in sight. They would approach the khaki clad tourists with cautious curiosity and cast a suspicious eye at the shiny digital cameras.