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  • Geyser in Amparaky........... what do you think !
    Geyser in Amparaky........... what do...
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  • Itasy lake... so serene
    Itasy lake... so serene
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  • Liliha waterfalls... soooooo...Ampefy star-product
    Liliha waterfalls... soooooo...Ampefy...
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  • Andranomandroatra: Amparaky Geysers

    Of all activities in the area that day, this was my favourite. In fact, it was a first-time thingy. Don't know, I just think I love it. I liked it at the Itasy lake but I prefer it here.The geyser site counts 4 geyser springs. They lie on a aragonite plaque (see last picture). I think one reason is my fascination about the ephemeral aspect of...

  • Ilôt de la Vierge - the belvedere islet

    Itasy lake is big, way, way big. 3500 ha and the 3rd largest in my island.It is beautiful, as any big water surface can be. Blue. Still. Like spotless, the only spots being those pirogues fishermen use for fishing in the lake.It is even more beautiful with the dramatic volcano mountains that edge it. My pictures only show parts of the chains,...

  • Liliha waterfalls

    Was there only one activity, besides lunching one fresh fish, to do in Ampefy, it will be this that guides will show to you: the Liliha waterfalls. For many, "Ampefy" means "Liliha watefalls".The Liliha is a riverstream that runs through villages & which, in Antafofo village, falls at 25m high. It was impressive, even more once I descended the...


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    Le Kavitaha: Don't miss the Baraoa fish!

    by Norali Updated Apr 21, 2008

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    Le Kavitaha owes its name to the lake which its terrasse looks onto.
    It has been, for years, the best in town & on week-ends, urban dwellers (from Tana) just flock in to get away from it all.
    Its main asset is the shaded terrasse where al fresco lunches use to take place on a dozen of tables, all looking onto the lake.
    Then, the possibility to lunch under shade in a tree-lined alley with, again, a view onto the Kavitaha lake. Pic#4, next to where I stood was a table bust being occupied by clients so didn't take any picture of the alley.

    Favorite Dish: Favourite dish: fried fish. I liked my grilled fish but my cousin had his fried and wow!
    It was served with a yogourt sauce (yogourt + dill + parsley ?) although I liked it without sauce. The baraoa flesh was tasty enough.

    Grilled, fried, with sauce mafilotra (tomato-pepper-onion sauce)... the baraoa fish (pic#2) is just yummy. Skip carp, skip tilapia, you'll find them elsewhere. Baraoa is the thing here!

    As a starter, I had shrimp doughs... too stodgy ! Plus, they were burnt, not fried. The exterior was brown whilst the dough paste was raw from the interior. As a result, the shrimp was ideally cooked, crunchy. That didn't put me off to savour the following main course, of course!

    Btw, Le Kavitaha can accomodate you with those bungalows of theirs too. Haven't experienced it but there, may you look at their website below.

    A lunch with a view! My main course: grilled 600-800g baraoa Another view from the terrasse Where to lunch under the shade of trees
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  • Papaya !

    This is the country of naturally grown stuffs. Especially in Itasy, fertile volcano lava soil enables cultivators to succeed in many cultivations. No fertilizers needed, no watering need (this one has to be explained to me, though). What is there to buy? In winter season, sweet potato, cassava, tomato, sugar cane (buy them sliced, easier to eat)......

  • Madagascar lava pumice !

    "Madagascar lava pumice"... Girls, could be your magic phrase while offering the present to your gal friends.No shop to buy pumice in Ampefy. At least, I didn't have to seek for one since I could buy mine at stalls and vendors at the entry of the Liliha waterfalls site. The Liliha waterfalls are the Ampefy star-product along with the fresh fish....

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    Good road & semi-tarred semi-dirt roads

    by Norali Written Aug 19, 2007

    Three warnings:
    - On the main liaisons, like Tana-Analavory-Ampefy-Soavinandriana, the road is in good shape. So good it can kill. Not always but there are some cliffs & one must pay attention to not drive that fast... otherwise...
    - In the contrary, to access all the sites of interest (Amparaky geysers; Itasy lake & islets; Liliha waterfalls), one has to drive on 4-5 km on once tarred roads that are now losing the tar surface. Bumpy rides if one is in a hurry.
    - Esp. to access the geysers, avoid driving low cars (VW Golf, little Peugeots). We came across many of those having to turn back & skip the visit to the geysers. Good to notice that later on, I could spot those cars at the Liliha waterfalls, i.e they could ride the semi-tarred road to there, not the one to the geysers.
    Just choose a pick-up, a 4wd, a station car... all of those would be fine.

    Good road on main liaisons. As for the others...
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    Unique Shape of a Geyser

    by Norali Updated Aug 18, 2007

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    Well, I had to say it somewhere. Don't you just find this particular one so bizarrely shaped ? lol
    This foam, the slot itself, the lips...

    But you'll have to be patient... Come over here, go to Itasy area, then hit Amparaky village. Check Things to do tips for directions pictures of other geysers on that site.

    Geyser... what do you think ;-) Closer.........
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  • Good RN1 road & its old glory cities

    RN1... the famed one. From Tana to Analavory through old-glory cities such as Fenoarivo, Arivonimamo, Miarinarivo. All of them have history. Miarinarivo has this singularity to have its own cathedral, a privilege only for ex-provinces' capitals (Tana, Mahajanga, Toamasina, Toliara, Fianar & Antsiranana). As how it came this building construction...

  • A trip to the waters

    Has been awhile since we’ve been craving for some roadtrip. We live in the countryside, off Tana. In the Northern Tana (Avaradrano, i.e “North Bank”), to be precise. We use to breathe pure air. We only go to the crazy, crowded, air-polluted city with the downtown hassle for work & purpose. Our week-ends are very nature-tuned, if not spent hiking...

  • Mountains, glorious mountains

    The trip taking place in the high plateaux area, we got our share of plains alternating hills.Hills, glorious mountains, some with lavaka (crevasses)...Naked mountains, cultivated hillsEspecially while driving in the volcanic area (after Miarinarivo), we noticed the difference in the shape of mountains. Now we get either dome-shaped ones like the...


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