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Madagascar,more than lemurs !

Prague, Czech...
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Madagascar,more than lemurs !

Hi all,

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.

We used Madagascar Natural tours as local tour company and we hardly recommend them to those who want to experience Madagascar( info@madagascar-natural-tours.com)

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.

Hope this helps

Andy

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Panex, Switzerland
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1. Re: Madagascar,more than lemurs !

Hi Andy,

Thanks for this very helpful trip report, this gave us an idea of what to see and to expect in Madagascar. We are now in touch with Madagascar Natural Tours,the company that you used and got good plan with reasonable quote. But we want to know more about their cars... What type of car did you get and used from them ? We are 4 and want to have enough space in the car and they said that they have got an Hyunday starex, do you think that this is a good car for us?

Again, thanks for telling us your Madasgacar experience.

Jeff

Edited: 5:51 am, July 21, 2014
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2. Re: Madagascar,more than lemurs !

Hi

We are going to Madagascar next year and would realy like to see lemurs but what else should we expect to see in Madagascar(animals )? And is Madagascar good for vegetarian ;how the Malagasy cuisine like?(spicy?)

Thanks

Pria

Antananarivo...
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3. Re: Madagascar,more than lemurs !

hi

You can combine the East of Madagascar to observe the indri indri to the west by taking a speedy a dugout canoe.

Then i highly recomend the Tsingy of Bemaraha zsbiy is unique.

After the Tsingy, you will have the oportunity to photograph the avenue of baobab during the sunset

if you have tilen, you can continue down south

l hope it may help

Also, we can use a Hyunday starex if you are more than 3

regards

gassitours

Antananarivo...
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4. Re: Madagascar,more than lemurs !

Hello Pria

Appart from the lemur, you can see baobabs, Tsingy,

Check my above message for more idea

regards

gassitours

Antananarivo...
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5. Re: Madagascar,more than lemurs !

Hi Prianoumenoume,

# What else should we expect to see in Madagascar(animals )?

In addition to the lemurs (various species and color), you can see reptiles (the fosa, snakes, etc.), amphibians, birds, etc. Traveling along the tsiribihina or Manambolo river you can find crocodile. Not forgetting the humpack whale.

The tsingy limestones and the isalo are very special. The most amazing plant is baobab. Well, there are long beach and beautiful sea for diving.

# And is Madagascar good for vegetarian ;how the Malagasy cuisine like?(spicy?)

You must tell your driver/agency that you are vegetarian. He will inform hotel and takes you where you may feel like "at home". It is highly recommended to come with your bookguide with a list of vegetarian restaurant. In case that the driver doesn't have an idea, you can show him the list and you choose.

The choice will be limited if you go for hiking or trekking. Malagasy people used to eat meat and chicken but some guide can prepare vegetarian food upon request. They can do it like you want : spicy or not.

Generally, the Malagasy Cuisine is not spicy. The chilli is delivered in a separate box.

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Hi

Thank you very much fredelmamindra, this is very helpful information.

tks

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Hi Andy

Thanks for this very important and helpful information/report. I did a lots of search but many of posts on this forum are fake and self promotion by local tour companies.

Thanks

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Hi

Anyone know where is the best place to go if we want to see Madagascar tomatoes frogs in the wild.

Mike

Amsterdam, The...
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9. Re: Madagascar,more than lemurs !

That's probably Andasibe, although I haven't seen them myself I met a lot of biologists doing research on tomatoes frogs there.

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10. Re: Madagascar,more than lemurs !

Hi

Thanks Nanne T . We will go to Anasibe and Mantadia to find these tomatoes frogs but what about in Vohimana reserve.? we want to add this in our itinerary.

Thanks

Mike

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