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Sharon Gilbert-Rivett

Sharon Gilbert-Rivett

Award-winning writer and film-maker Sharon Gilbert-Rivett was born in Cambridge in England, where she was raised, and educated. She fell in love with Africa and its wild places at an early age, thanks to her family hauling her to Kenya, South Africa and what is now Zimbabwe before the age of 10.


She began working in journalism as a rock music writer in the early 1980s. Writing concert reviews turned into mainstream journalism with stints on top newspapers and magazines in the UK before Sharon traded black leather for khaki, returning permanently to South Africa in 1991. She now writes widely on conservation, eco-tourism and travel and also makes natural history documentaries with her company, Painted Earth Productions. 

Madagascar Tourism Helping CommunitiesAcross Africa, the transformational abilities of tourism have proven invaluable in helping to repair the relationship between people and planet. Sustainable certification standards, like those instituted by South Africa's Fair Trade Tourism, have ushered in new awareness for tourism that benefits communities socially, economically and environmentally.

This awareness has translated into action on the island of Madagascar. A country of startling contrasts, its incredible natural beauty and unique ecosystems are offset by a rapidly expanding and largely impoverished population, threatening species found nowhere else on earth.

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