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The view on the bay from Jardin Damour ;-) Amborovy beach, nightlife
Heat, May soon become too crowded with holidaymakers
In a nutshell
Perfect for those who seek for heat, nightlife in those crowded dives
explore_discover Says: Various Companies operates from Majunga to North Madagascar (Antisiranana province) CTVA is most reliable.The Fare is listed (photo attached) always good to book a day in advance to get better choice of seats. Majunga Taxi Brousse Station (Gare Routier, same for departure to...
explore_discover Says: Most Common and Economical Way of Travel to Mahajanga (in fact to most cities in Madagascar) is Taxi Brousse. They are Frequent, Reliable and Cheap, although for some it may not be so comfortable. The Journey is on the RN 4 which is abrasive but no big bumps or pot hole (if...
explore_discover Says: The Fare is Fixed to any destination (Point A to Point B) in Mahajanga which is MGA 3,000 during day time and 3,500 to 4,000 at NightBetter Negotiate and Fix Fare if planning to go multi destination, according to normal practice if you use the Cab from Point A to Point B and...
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Sandals, walking shoes, swimwear
your lightest clothes in cotton, linen. More than anwhere else on the island, the West is very hot, sun is very strong too.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: lenses and cleaning products (not sure about the supply there and if yes, what about the price). I wear lenses so am very sensible to this aspect. Your stacks of usual medecines or prescriptions for equivalents.
Photo Equipment: zoom lenses for those nice views - memory sticks (there may be some but not sure about them being a good bargain over there and on other parts of the island, btw).
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: swimwear
Miscellaneous: -Sunscreen with high SPF (tons of it) - sunglasses
-bank notes (not that many atm's and not all insititutions use traveller chèques, let alone food stalls)
Updated Jul 15, 2005
I guess it's not that common for a city to have this amazing tree as its emblem... Yes, but Mahajanga has it.
This baobab has even a name, "Le baobab" and is multicentennial. Some speak of the 700-y-o baobab too. It is one of biggest baobab trees in the whole island.
It is the landmark of the city, which you can orientate yourself with. Facing the sea, turn your back to Le Baobab:
- On your right is the way to Pointe de la corniche, Pointe du caiman and Port Schneider;
- On your left, the avenue that leads to Pinte de sable and Port aux boutres;
- In your back, Avenue de France, starting from Le baobab and dividing the city from West to East.
I was told it has a circumference of 21,70 m (at 1m height ). Height: less than 10m though.
Worth noticing: 5 of 6 baobab species in the whole Africa are in Madagascar, as endemic species.
Updated Oct 20, 2004