Tell someone “Madagascar” and the first thing that comes to mind is the lemurs but Madagascar is more than that,We saw many baobabs, birds, snakes….. Sometimes called the 8th continent because of its size and endemic flora and fauna, Madagascar is a land of diversity and uniqueness. We visited on June-July(2014) for 16 days. One can easily spend a full month here and see just a fraction of what Madagascar has to offer, even if he is as mobile as we were. We stayed only once in the same place for two consecutive nights and had to fly three domestic flights. We managed to do the south tour – Tulear to Antananarivo – and spend 3 days on the west coast.
If you have been around Africa, you will be pleasantly surprised by how friendly people are here. They always greet and smile back whenever you make contact by saying “salama”. And they rarely deny a photo opportunity . It might be that there haven’t been any wars for the last century or that the island is a cultural fusion point. On the other hand, you see the extreme poverty, the absence of any infrastructure and you wonder what is wrong and what you can you do to help this wonderful people do better.
We started our trip with Tsiribihina river trip and went to TSINGYof Bemaraha then to Baobab avenue before taking flight back to Tana.We did the west tour for 8 days then did the East tour for another 8 days,starting from Tana , endig up in Sainte Marie island.
One of the most interesting spotting was a Madagascar Buzzard, eating a snake,this wa in Kirindy reserve. It was much easier to spot the lemurs and birds i Kirindy than in Eastern forest as there are no leaves on the trees to obstruct the animal spotting. We saw a good number of sifaka lemurs, resting on the trees, a nocturnal red tailed sportive lemur sleeping – yes, with his eyes open – in a cavity on a tree.
Words cannot describe how amazing this trip....I absolutely loved the flexibility of the trip and how we were an integral part.
A great experience all round but the most memorable part was the sunset time at the baobab avenue and the whale watching experience.
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We spent the last day (before the flight out) in Antananarivo and our driver and tour guide took us to the Café de la Gare for lunch, a great bistro in the renovated central train station. In this upscale joint you can find all sorts of people, business, hipsters, tourists and many more.We reserved the afternoon for some souvenir shopping and decide to stay in Sakamanga for dinner. We did not regret it. Great food and lovely ambiance.
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