We have left behind the beauty of South Africa to set sail for what we are sure will be another amazing destination on our expedition, Madagascar.

During the last few days, we have grown accustomed to encountering wonderful views filled with megafauna observed from the comfort of our 4x4 jeeps. That is about to change once we arrive in Madagascar and encounter a completely different environment. It is lacking terrestrial predators, which is the very reason why the island-country is considered one of the richest hotspots in biodiversity and the world’s 17th megadiverse country.

Just like some of the early Bantu settlers in the ninth century AD, we are crossing the Mozambique Channel, and experiencing relatively pleasant seas. Our day has been filled with wonderful presentations on all aspects of our current journey, giving us the chance to reflect on our exciting days in Southeast Africa and building great expectations for the days ahead.