Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Kayaking Around Madagascar


South African adventurer Riann Manser is finishing up another long distance solo expedition according to this story at Adventure World Magazine. Manser has just 200km (124 miles) to go to complete the first ever solo circumnavigation of Madagascar by kayak. He is expected to finish the 5000km (3106 miles) journey on July 11th.

Manser set off in August of 2008 from the town of Tamatave on the eastern coast of Madagascar, the fourth largest island in the world. From there, he turned north where is 'Round the Outside' journey properly got underway, as he paddled an average of 8 hours per day in a counter-clockwise fashion around the massive island off the coast of Africa. Along the way, he's been updating his website regularly and sharing his thoughts from the sea and tweeting his progress as well.

This isn't Riann's first "Round the Outside" adventure. He also spent more than two years riding his bike around the outside of the entire continent of Africa. In the process he covered 36,500km (22,680 miles), across 34 countries. You can read about that incredible journey on his website as well.

Another cool adventure that looks like will be coming to an end in the next few days. Exploring the coast of Madagascar by kayak has to be an amazing experience. Very cool!

Thanks to the team over at Adventure World Magazine for this one. Great story.

Update: Looks like I was off on the date of Riann wrapping up his adventure. According to a tweet on his Twitter feed, he'll finish up tomorrow, Wednesday, July 8th at 12:00 GMT. Congrats Riann!