The night walk..We continue walking for another 5-6 minutes then we saw this lemur.The Red-tailed sportive Lemur.It was one of the specie that I wanted to see so much this trip.It's body size around 28cm long and weigh about 800-900 grams.It's a nocturnal species feeding on leaves and some fruits.They normally live in pairs and are monogamous that...more
The night walk..The night walk start at 6 pm. before sunset.We have to drive into the reserve area for about 3 Km.There 's parking area or a small flat area along road side that can park few cars.Jeff waited for us at the car ,only my new guide ..Ceriel lead us into the reserve .He walked quite fast,start to look for animal for his customer...more
There are about 13,000 species of plant and about 89 % of them are endemic. I saw this Pachypodium along the way climbing Grand Tsingy.There are so many species of Pachypodium in Africa and about 20 from Madagascar ,they have different flower colour..,white,.. yellow and orange-red.. like this one.I still din't find out what exactly specie it is...more
To be frank, we found Tulear (Toliara) to be a little short on major tourist attractions (except the utterly brilliant Arboretum outside town, which we think is worth visiting the town for all by itself), but the other major highlight was visiting the coelacanths at the small Museum of Ichthyology.I am sad to report that said coelocanth is long...more
We ended up visiting the Arboretum outside Tulear because we had time to kill and didn't particularly want to visit the Shell Market. What a fortuitous discovery, as this was one of the highlights of our trip to Madagascar, and this sort of happy accident (I think that the correct term is 'serendipity'?) is exactly why I find travel so...more
We visited this private reserve on the way to Isalo from Ifaty. It is a pleasant enough stop. Good to get out of the car and stretch the legs. Entry is 10,000 Ariary and includes the guide fee. We weren't so lucky with our guide this time - he was nice enough but mostly reeled off the botanical names of plants, with little 'colour' to the...more
Catching a pirogue to visit the tropic bird breeding colony on Nosy Ve is undoubtedly the most fun thing to do from Anakao and makes for an interesting and relaxing half day trip.
After the relentless jolting of the power boat from Tulear to Anakao, the pirogue was a gentle and tranquil alternative. The trip to Nosy Ve takes about an hour, depending on the wind, and is a contemplative experience - just make sure you bring a hat, sunscreen and cover up as it would be easy to get sunburned.
In terms of scenery, Nosy Ve itself is nothing to write home about, being little more than a scrubby sand bank. However, the tropic birds are great, and it is a privilege to be able to wonder through the colony and peer under bushes into nests where parents and chicks shelter from the relentless sun. On the ground, tropic birds look like larger terns, but really come into their own in flight, with their unmistakable elongated tails flaring out behind them like streamers.
After the disappointment of the snorkelling at Anakao, we had high hopes that things would be better off Nosy Ve. Sadly, it wasn't much of an improvement, with highly degraded coral and limited fish life: clearly the combined effects of bleaching and overfishing that have devastated Anakao's coral have also impacted on Nosy Ve.
Nosy Ve is officially uninhabited, although it is apparent that fishermen do overnight here from time to time. We were amused to be accosted by a chicken which had clearly been left on the island as a future meal - as there is no permanent fresh water on Nosy Ve, the chicken was only too happy to drink its fill of fresh water that we poured into one of our snokel masks!
Just inland from the village of Ifaty is the small Reniala Private Reserve. This is a reserve whose chief attractions are the magnificent Baobab forest, a spiny forest and for those interested in feathered friends, a mecca for birders. Entry starts from 10000 Ariary, and includes the shorted botanical circuit, which only take an hour or so. This...more
Stroll along the beach either side of the Le Paradisier Resort, just to watch the local lifestyle.We watched the local fishermen gather to find customers to take out to the reef for snorkeling. local women bringing the days catch back home for cooking, and a group of girls who sung to us as the sun set (and requested soaps and shampoos from the...more
There are no tigers, but the eyes of the grey brown mouse lemur and the sportive lemur are surely burning bright in your guide's torchlight. Then they scuttle away into the darkness. One can only walk in the forest in private reserves like Berenty these days (one of the reasons we chose to come).Our walk was in the spiny forest, and was suitably...more
Elsewhere I have vented my spleen at the parlous state of the Fort Dauphin - Berenty road. What I didn't mention is that it is an extremely interesting drive, both from a landscape and cultural perspective, as you advance inland from the coastal fringe into the spiny forest.One of the most interesting sites en route was the cattle market at...more
I dearly wish that we had been able to spend more time in Fort Dauphin - we only passed through for a couple of hours en route for Berenty, and the little that we saw of the scenery was stunning. In our two visits to Madagascar, it is the only truly rocky coastline that we've seen, and in fact, if you'd asked me to identify the location from the...more
There are few places for surf and kite-surfing in Madagascar and Fort-Dauphin is among them. This activity is best for beginners because of the small waves although there are international competition organized from time to time. If there are surf-schools in the city, there are no available tools for those who are interested in kite-surfing... so...more
If you don't have a 4wd or a pirogue (both really nice ways to arrive here), you'll need to go from Toliara (or Ifaty) to Salary Atm (south) by taxi-brousse.
Then walk 2 kilometers on the track or on the beach as you like.