Few trips have given us a better approach to the country and its people than Madagascar. No doubt because we had chosen to travel by the means we encountered on the spot. On foot to begin with, then by train, by pirogue and of course by bush taxi. A six-week challenge, sometimes trying but absolutely exciting, which opened up access to the remote Zafimaniry valleys.
Considered a tourist hotspot, Morocco immediately revealed to us a very different side. Admittedly, some areas have been affected by mass tourism, some alleyways have been transformed into gadget shops and social relations have been reduced to commercial exchanges. But, fortunately, the country would not be well summed-up by these changes!
Often seen as a land of capitalistic excess, there’s more to the United Arab Emirates (or UAE) than meets the eye. While its giant shopping malls and skyscrapers can make you a bit dizzy, its beautiful mosques and museums make for interesting sightseeing, and the flux of expats from all over the world gives the city a cosmopolitan feel. However, you do need to leave the cities before you realize that the UAE is more than just Dubai or Abu Dhabi!
An unknown and remarkable country, Oman launched us into a new dimension. On top of an immersion in a sound and original location, it was above all the inhabitant’s sense of hospitality that was the most striking as well as first exchanges of words always accompanied with dates and tea.
Having stayed out of the spotlight until now, the Sultanate of Oman is slowly beginning to make a name for itself. This is no surprise, as it’s a beautiful country with authentic charm and friendly people!
Filled with ruins and archaeological sites that draw people to the country, Jordan’s rich history is without a doubt its greatest asset. These sites whisper tales of the many Biblical legends that took place on the country’s mountain tops and riverbanks and bear witness to the many people that eventually helped to create the modern state of Jordan.
Crossing the Atlantic Ocean and reaching the Caribbean by sea is for us the first step in our project, a way of proving that it is possible to travel differently! Hitch-hiking by boat stop lets you learn to sail and have a stronger human experience. We are involved in a family’s daily life, aboard their catamaran in order to take part in watches and general life on the boat.
Namibia is a spectacular country for those who love nature and open spaces. From the Namib Desert to the Etosha National Park as well as the Fish River Canyon, the landscapes seem giant and pure, and the many carvings etched onto the rocks thousands of years ago across the country add a cultural element to the mix.
At a glance, the contrast between Lesotho with its South African neighbors is surprising. This continent’s region of arid climate and abundance of wildlife is replaced with archetypal scenery, summit freshness, and sparse tourist activity.
How could we describe South Africa without mentioning the diversity of its landscapes, the richness of its history and culture, and the wide reach of its biodiversity?