2022 Biodiversity exploration on the Eighth Continent
This small international group trip will be guided by An Bollen - a specialist in Tropical Ecology since 2003 with a lot of experience in Marine biology and diving. This itinerary will take you from the lush eastern evergreen rainforest, over mountains, into canyons and gallery forests, along baobabs, and western dry deciduous forest, through the mangroves down to desolate sandy beaches, tiny islands and the southern dry spiny forest. For the most part, this journey follows the National Road 7 from East to South West across a diversity of landscapes, ecosystems, tribes and cultures. This adventurous trip allows for a great exploration of the unique Malagasy biodiversity. Along our travel, we will focus on different conservation approaches and get insight into how a mix of traditional government managed national parks, community-run reserves and initiatives, and co-managed areas with NGOs safeguard the amazing natural heritage, but also provide additional income for communities in a win-win integrated conservation and development approach. Join us on this conservation tourism journey to experience it first-hand!