Our leader was Rija. She was fantastic. She is an asset to your organisation. At all times she was enthusiastic, well-informed, passionate about wildlife, professional, hard-working, extremely well organised, friendly and entertaining. We couldn’t have asked for a better leader. With such high praise, we couldn’t be prouder of our guide Rija who so expertly takes care of our clients. Rija is from Antananarivo and was inspired to be a guide because of her love of nature and wanted the opportunity to learn more about different customs from people living in many different countries. She is indeed and asset to our company and we had a quick chat with her to find out more about her and the source of her enthusiasm.
What do you enjoy most about being a guide?
Because of this job, I regularly discover more and more of my beautiful country. Each group or client has a specific interest and they visit various parts of the country which I am delighted to show them.
Where is your favourite place or area in Madagascar?
My favourite place in Madagascar is in the North, Antsiranana, as it has a lot to offer such as Rainforest, Limestone, and dry deciduous forest, as well as many beautiful bays and beaches.
What should visitors to Madagascar know?
Malagasy visitors should understand that Madagascar is a poor country but it has amazing wildlife and wonderful people.
Where is the most interesting place you’ve been?
The most interesting place I’ve been is the National park of Isalo and The tsingy of Bemaraha.
Where do you usually go when you when you have time off?
When I have time off I usually visit the historic sites around Tana (Antananarivo).
If you had to choose only 3 adjectives to describe yourself, which would you choose?
I think I would choose: serious, joyful, and sociable.
If you could only take 3 items with you on a trip, what would they be?
I would take: a camera, a torch, and a phone.
What do you want people to know about Madagascar?I want people to know that Madagascar is a beautiful country with its own unique wildlife, stunning fauna and flora, and fascinating people of different origins.
As you can see Rija has a real love for her country and that is where her enthusiasm comes from, if you book a guided group trip through Madagascar you could have the wonderful opportunity to share in this enthusiasm too.