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Rachel Dobb

Rachel joined Rainbow Tours in 2011 and is one of our Madagascar specialists. While she was living in Madagascar for nine months, as part of her University degree in biological sciences, she madly fell in love with the country. She says she was blown away by the friendly communities, the weird and wonderful wildlife as well as the locally brewed larger called Three Horse Beer!

During her time in Madagascar, Rachel lived in Andasibe, on the outskirts of the Andasibe-Mantadia National Park (Perinet) and worked on conservation projects, and taught English to the local people. On her days off, Rachel travelled the country extensively by bush taxi, visiting some of the most remote rural parts of the country. She explored many of the diverse National Parks and spotted over 30 species of lemur, even shaking hands with one! While there are too many to mention, some of her highlights include exploring the remote and unspoilt Mitsio archipelago 40 miles from Nosy Be and the exhilarating night walks by torchlight in the wildlife rich forests.

One of the biggest challenges of her stay in Madagascar was the 30 nights she spent camping in the forest searching for and collecting information on the endangered Golden Mantella – a small orange frog found only at a few sites in Madagascar, for her university paper. It was during this time that she saw, first hand, the problems that Madagascar has with deforestation, conservation and the illegal collection and trade of animals.

Rachel has recently visited the gorillas in Rwanda where she was entranced by the experience and describes her encounter in a blog post, 'Africa's Gentle Giants'. She has also travelled to Kenya and Tanzania.

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Blog Posts

One of my favourite travel writers, Hilary Bradt, co-author of the Bradt travel guide to Madagascar  (which is coming up to its 11th edition) regularly returns to Madagascar. Here she tells us what lures her back each year. “Why do I still get a buzz out of Madagascar, no matter how often I go there? […]

The post Why I get a buzz out of Madagascar by Hilary Bradt appeared first on Rainbow Tours.

Two of Rainbow Tours travel consultants have worked closely with conservation organisations in Africa and believe that these projects are helping to make a real difference to species survival. At the same time these efforts create jobs for local people, often in remote rural areas, where work is hard to come by. In part one […]

The post Nature Based Tourism Part 1, Madagascar appeared first on Rainbow Tours.

Trying out the local dishes is all part and parcel of any trip abroad and it’s no different when on holiday in Madagascar. Although there are strong French influences in Malagasy cooking (Madagascar was a French colony from 1896 to 1960), most dishes are rice based and on any drive through rural Madagascar, and even […]

The post What to eat on holiday in Madagascar appeared first on Rainbow Tours.

When you think of Rwanda, what is the first thing that comes to mind?  I bet it’s gorillas, and hardly surprising as these are very special creatures that have become synonymous with the fight to protect endangered wildlife. I have just returned from a trip to experience meeting the gorillas for myself and I was […]

The post Africa’s Gentle Giants – Rwanda’s Gorillas [PICS] appeared first on Rainbow Tours.

For me, Mauritius conjures up images of long sweeping beaches and turquoise seas. Consequently when the opportunity arose to spend 6 nights savouring this beautiful island on an educational trip I jumped at the chance.  It being so close to Madagascar and regular flights between the two with Air Mauritius means these two destinations can […]

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