Eastern and Southern Africa
East & South Africa
The earliest evidence we have of the existence of man comes from East Africa. This part of the continent is also outstanding by the great variety of wildlife that it supports. The African savannah is a unique showcase of the joint evolutionary process of the different species that make up the intricate web of life.
European colonization that brought Africa into the modern world forever altered this delicate balance. From Kenya down to South Africa, the arbitrarily drawn borders ignored the tribal differences and disrupted the old routes of nomadic pastoralist. Rural exodus and the concentration of populations in large cities have mortally wounded the ancestral links of many communities whilst alienation and marginalization thrive in this new environment.
Madagascar , La Reunión & Mauritius
Separated from Africa by the four hundred kilometres of the Mozambique Channel, in the middle of the Indian Ocean, Madagascar can be considered almost a continent apart, including the islands of Comoros, Seychelles, Mayotte, La Reunión and Mauritius. Due to its protracted isolation, the flora and fauna evolved independently and many of its native species are unique in the world. The first human settlers came by sea from Indonesia bringing with them plants such as coconuts, bananas, rice, sugarcane and cotton, as well as the Malayo-Polinesian.
The small volcanic islands of La Reunion and Mauritius have had a similar fate, marked by the squander of the original forest to plant sugarcane. Mauritius also offers a sad and symbolic example of the extermination of the Dodo bird.