Madagascar: A pirate adventure with Riaan Manser

2015-05-19 12:34
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Cape Town - Ever dream of visiting the enchanted island of Madagascar to see the incredible stone forests, warm tropical beaches and charming lemurs of this wonder island off the east coast of Africa?

Yes? Well, imagine doing so with the expert Madagascar traveller Riaan Manser as your personal guide and fellow explorer. 

Manser, a avid kayaker and acclaimed extreme adventurer, who circumnavigated this fourth largest island in the world in 2008 - 2009, is offering two lucky travellers the opportunity to join him on an adventure.

Manser and the lucky winners will be heading to a pirate graveyard on St. Mary Island, or Île Sainte-Marie, among other places, where he will explain the eerie origin of the iconic skull-and-bone pirate emblem which is still seen on the graves of the pirates on the island. 

Legendary pirates such as William Kidd, John Avery, Captain Misson, Robert Culliford, Nathaniel North, Thomas Tew, John Plantain, George Taylor, John England and Olivier Levasseur once frequented the island.

Today, all that is left of this once thriving pirate population are a number of historical buildings, a few shipwrecks along the shore, some descendents among the local population and the iconic pirate cemetery Manser and the travellers will get to visit. 

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The trip is inspired by Riaan's 2008-2009 adventure where he set a world record and became the first person to circumnavigate Madagascar by kayak. 

Madagascar's warm Indian ocean sea is a playground for whales and their young; Manser tells of how he saw about 40 whales passing right next to his kayak on his adventure in 2008 and 2009, and he hopes to encounter such interaction with the whales once again when he travels there in August with the two fellow travellers. 

Luckily this time the trip to the island will not be attempted by kayak again, as Manser have teamed up with sponsors for provide an all-inclusive five-day experience. 

The prize includes flights, accommodation, all meals, kayak equipment and the memorable kayaking experience. It will take place from 18 - 22 August this year, and the competition end at the end of May. If you want to win...

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Manser was most recently in the news when he initiated a social media campaign to retrieve a bicycle stolen from a Japanese friend in Ceres, Cape Town. Traveller24 reported that Manser was completely overwhelmed with response from South African citizens wanting to help the Japanese cyclist, Diago Narita. 

READ: SA adventurer rallies Cape community to help robbed Japanese tourist get his bike back

He told News24 Live reporter Jennifer Sanasie in studio about the emotional moment when Narita finally got his bike back, and what it was like saying goodbye to him at the airport. 

WATCH:  Riaan Manser to reunite with robbed tourist in Japan

Manser says Narita was so thankful for his help, that he expecting some sort of knighting when he visits him in Japan later this year. 

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