- There has been a ton of rain in South Malekula for the past three weeks. This would make trail conditions hazardous in some areas, especially after Malfakhal where you have to cross the Matanoi river. Even during dry times this is not easy, and at the moment would not be possible without some strong swimming! Again weather is something you want to check before coming to Malekula.
- In Port Vila right now trying to get funding to mark the trail with something more sustainable than our yellow cloth strips. We hope to be able to mark the trail, as well as put up informative signs of places of cultural significance in South Malekula. As of now, because of the weather and quality of the fabric we used, the trail has a shelf life of anywhere from 3 to 6 months. Also some markings that are more exposed to the weather could deteriorate faster than others, which would also be a big problem.
- Our first guide training courses are tentatively schedule for the week of May 19th! This is a great way for the young folks of South Malekula to gain some valuable skills and hopefully provide some income in the future. The course is being provided by the Malampa Tourism Office in Lakatoro, and the cost is 2,500 vatu for interested participants.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Update - April 25, 2008
Just of couple of things: