Africa has really captured Andrew's imagination since arriving in Cape Town on the first stop of his first round the world trip. Since hiking up the majestic Table Mountain on day one, he has explored many corners of this wild and beautiful continent, which keeps drawing him back.
Whether it's spotting remarkable bird species or the Big Five on a game drive, enjoying a hike in the Cape or the Drakensberg, immersing himself in the history and culture of Kwa-Zulu Natal, the diversity on offer in South Africa fulfils everything Andrew enjoys about travelling in Africa, and more.
Andrew grasped the opportunity to visit Madagascar through his work at Audley in early 2015, getting to know the remarkable people and landscapes this island has to offer. It's the wildlife that's the real draw here though, and the contrast between Madagascar and the mainland is perhaps the most exciting part of this unique destination.
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Incredible wildlife experiences and stunning scenery abound throughout South Africa, but a recent trip to the Northern Drakensberg stands out. Combining a couple of the local day hikes available from Montusi Mountain Lodge, an Audley favourite, I climbed down to a cave behind a nearby waterfall for a refreshing shower in the late afternoon heat before making the ascent of the adjacent Montusi peak. Approaching the top, I cast my eyes back across the valley to the dramatic escarpment beyond. Huge Martial Eagles soared on thermals while gathering thunderstorm clouds filled the sky; fanning out the rays of the sinking sun, dappling the lush green expanse below. The views stretched out for miles beneath this ethereal atmosphere, and I was left with a profound sense of freedom and perfect solitude.