How's everyone doing today? All good we hope! Are you ready for another Wild Wednesday's post?
Today it is me, Becca, writing again, and I will be finishing off my series about my memories in Madagascar while I was volunteering with ReefDoctor.
Last week's post I wrote about the tasks we carried out with fish identification for the surveys and the times we spent under the sea. These tasks that involved scuba diving, happened almost on a daily basis, or at least 5 times a week. Towards the end of my time with ReefDoctor, a group of us (6 of us) had saved up on our days off and planned to use them all together, so taking just over a week off from ReefDoctor. We wanted to see another part of Madagascar and decided to go on a hike/trek to a National Park.
Isalo National Park
Isalo National Park is a large natural park with many natural pools, impressive big rock formations and local indigenous wildlife. Something we all wanted to see while we were in Madagascar. The park is inland from Toliara, so it was also nice to not constantly be walking in sand as well.
We got in touch with a local guide through ReefDoctor (as they were the ones who suggested us to go to Isalo in the first place) before we left camp. After an early morning start, we were on our way to Isalo in the local taxi system - a big truck with seating at the back which was packed with people and animals. The minute I sat down I had a little baby girl placed on my lap while her mother sat in the row in front holding all her bags and baskets and chickens. It was a hectic start! From Toliara we got on another packed mini van that drove us to a small town near Isalo National Park, where we would stay the night.
Our trek was not that long overall, we broke it nicely over the course of 3 days. Starting early one morning and camping two nights in the Park, and then hiking for most of the last day until we got back to the same town we first arrived at.
I really hope you have enjoyed reading about my trip in Madagascar and what I got up to while I was there. I loved every bit of it and would love to go back one day. I know that ReefDoctor has gone through a lot of changes since I was there 8 years ago. I believe it is a good thing to get involved in projects like the ones they do and you get to be completely immersed in the local culture and experience a whole lot of new things. It was a great opportunity and I definitely recommend doing something like this when you can!
Stay Classy Steemians!
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