Madagascar – Amber Mountain – And Chameleons and Geckos Galore!

When visiting Madagascar, it is almost essential to hire a driver and vehicle to get around the island. Although you technically could visit everywhere via public transportation, the scarcity of rides in remote areas would involve long waits and very uncomfortable rides (remember Tsingy?) While hiring a private car can often be very expensive, when you … Continue reading Madagascar – Amber Mountain – And Chameleons and Geckos Galore!

Madagascar – The Tsingy Extension (AKA The WORST Car Ride of Our Lives)

Ross and I had planned quite the six-month backpacking/birding extravaganza, spending four months in Indonesia and following that up with a tour around the Indian Ocean Islands. The last stop on our trip was Madagascar, a place we had definitely been looking forward to. Our goal was to spend 35 days in the country and … Continue reading Madagascar – The Tsingy Extension (AKA The WORST Car Ride of Our Lives)

Mauritius – Indian Ocean Islands – Wait, Are We Back In Hawaii??? (And wanted by the Officials?!?)

Next on our agenda? Mauritius -- an island in the Indian Ocean home to some of the rarest species in the world. But getting there was a bit easier said than done! When we arrived at the airport in the Seychelles, the check in line for our next flight was basically out the door. Apparently … Continue reading Mauritius – Indian Ocean Islands – Wait, Are We Back In Hawaii??? (And wanted by the Officials?!?)

The Seychelles – Indian Ocean Islands – Living the Dream

Although the World Health Organization recommended against it, the Seychelles still implemented a travel ban for anyone entering the country via Madagascar. (In case you missed it, there was a bit of a pneumonic plague situation going on.) Uh oh, I had a layover in Madagascar a few days prior! Luckily my layover in the … Continue reading The Seychelles – Indian Ocean Islands – Living the Dream

Nimbokrang – West Papua – Chasing Dinosaurs

On our flight over to Nimbokrang after the Arfak Mountains, Stephan and Ross prepped Claudia and myself by basically saying how miserable Nimbokrang would be. Apparently the birding is done while walking along muddy, swampy trails that are infested with an abundance of malaria-carrying mosquitoes and weather consisting of extreme heat and 100% humidity. Hell … Continue reading Nimbokrang – West Papua – Chasing Dinosaurs