From Milano, Malpensa airport, straight to Tana, hoping to catch a glimpse of the huge and majestic whales around S. Marie island. That was the very first location visited during the 2011 Donnavventura Grand Raid, followed by a in-depth exploration of the famous Kirindy Park and its fascinating lemurs, on the coast of the Mozambique Channel, in south-west Madagascar.
Many challenging off-road tracks demanded sheer determination and the very best of driving skills, but when the team came across those funny and mischievous primates, some glorious pictures were taken while everybody stared in complete awe. Many more lemurs greeted the arrival of the Donnavventura expedition also in the Tsingy Natural Park, as well as in Isalo and Ranomafana reserves.
Diego Suarez and Nosy Be then offered some breath-taking views of their huge and luxuriant bays, while offering crystal-clear waters for the travel explorers solace. Cocoa plantations appeared everywhere, while the girls didn’t miss the chance of getting to know more about this fascinating farming resource of Madagascar.
Then it was time to fly to wonderful Mauritius, world-renowned for its hospitality, the luxuriant vegetation throughout the year and hundreds of wondrous types of flowers everywhere.
Sailing from Le Morne peninsula, the Donnavventura team thus enjoyed many thrilling activities like, deep-sea fishing, golfing and sightseeing giant turtles across sugarcane plantations.
Later on, the team briefly stopped in Rodriguez, then reached the azure waters of Kenya and Seychelles: true pieces of paradise on Earth, acclaimed by travelers and tourists worldwide. The girls discovered the famous coco de mer - endemic to the islands of Praslin and Curieuse in the Seychelles. It really looked like a woman’s pelvis!
The next destination was reached in the futuristic Arab Emirates and then amongst the dreamlike atolls of the Maldive islands. Then again, it was time to discover the Arabian Canyons and the enchanted seas of dunes in Oman…, the more sensations, the better!