Well, this tip is not to ad on a hotel for its hospitability and offers. This is rather a tip on architecture and the use of materials according to the building's environment ( a kind of built in/on rocks). I really fell for it!
Not only it greatly differs from hotels' building in Madagascar but I kind of appeciated its real beauty made of stone (same as you will find in Isalo area).
Isn'it beautiful? I would use for a kind of honeymoon stay :-) Yeah, one can dream. Alongside to desert and natural reserves and natural pool in Isalo region.
And inside, it was all cool and fresh for this warm and dry area.
Watching sunset is not really exceptional but this one is really beautiful and I saw it many times in Madagascar, and not in Belgium. I saw it while returning from Foulpointe beach. Back from Foulpointe (Mahavelona in my Faritanin'i Toamasina pages), my friends and I had a warm evening, like if the sunset is just a sure sign of fun...
A tip that would make it less "off the beaten path" :
- from May to October, sun rises at 5.00 am and sets at 7.00 pm,
- from June to September, rises at 7.30 am and sets at 17.00pm.
Ranovola is a typical beverage in Tana area (and surroundings). It is an amber-coloured hot beverage that you will drink while having lunch.
It is obtained from boiling water in the kettle that had cooked rice. First, cooked rice is taken out from the kettle. Then let remaining rice burn a bit. Then, add water so as to have it boiled.
The taste is special, it resembles very light coffee's. Imagine a burnt-rice beverage. Of course, Ranovola is safe (boiled and over-boiled) for you.
A thing to do when you are in Fianarantsoa: try Toakagasy, a rotgut made from rice or sugarcane alcohol.
Alongside wine production, Fianarantsoa is the region that produces Toakagasy... Off the record selling though. You would find it there...
these two places should be on everyones Itinery. Really good chance of seeing lemurs in ramanafana. Ifaty is on the coast and you can go into the forest and see these lovely boabab trees. some are really big
A fun walk through the rainforest not as thick as ramanafana. saw lots of amazing animals, the famous indri lemurs, camelions, lots of other lemurs, tenrec.
Lemur Island, a small Island with lots of lemurs to easily spot
In the Travelogue I mention the Children's Hospital in Antananarivo that is in need of support either in goods or financially. More and more children suffer from Aids but also die still of cholera. This is the name of the hospitals director and the address. It gives another image of Madagascar, apart from tourism. Of course you would need to make an appointment first and be truly interested. Even if you are not able to help.
Making a trek on the Masoala peninsula, which is (still) covered by rainforest, was an experience I'll never forget. You need a guide and (usually) porters, which you can arrange at the Parc National Masoala office in Maroantsetra, where all trek routes start. We walked along the coast for five days and returned by boat (the guide's plan was to go as far as the village Masoala, but it turned out that you need more days for that!). We camped in small villages, where the people were very friendly. The 'path' leads alternately over the beach, through dense forest and through water, as you can see on the picture.
When in the South, go to Ranohira and find a guide near the ANGAP agency. Ask him to take you to Ilakaka, the city of sapphire, the new far-west with everybody coming from all Madagascar, prostitutes, Sri Lanka, Thailandese, Arab sapphire traders, Malagasy troops, guns, dollars, Mercedes and satellit telephons!
RANOMAFANA NATIONAL PARK, where you can find exotic flora and fauna... including chameloeons! Two-thirds of the world's species of chameleons are found in Madagascar's forests.
The Malagasy quarter in Antsirabe -- as opposed to the 'European quarter'. (I will add more photos soon in order to distinguish between the two...) It was truly amazing to me just how much the Malgasy women manage to carry -- on their heads! (Huge baskets, bundles of wooden beams tied together...) In the Malagasy quarter you will find a constantly-bustling market and the majority of the town's shops and businesses.
A lake with a legend -- LAKE ANDRAIKIBA near Antsirabe. It is said to be inhabited by the ghost of a pregnant girl who drowned during a swimming contest with another girl for the prize of marriage to a prince of the Merina tribe. She allegedly has been seen at dawn, resting on a rock by the lake shore....
Nahampoana Reserve, Fort Dauphin
If you visit the southern area of Madagascar, instead of going to the Berenty reserve (quite far away and expensive), you can to Nahampoana Reserve, 8 km outside the town. You will find catta and sifaka lemurs and every kind of endemic flora. One full day is enough to see most of the attactive of the reserve. It is also possible to overnight in a couple of cosy rooms with mosquito nets.
Hmmm...not exactly off the beaten track but picture's so nice I wanted to place it here! (taken at Sainte-Marie/Nosy Boraha)
Résidence Lapasoa Isoraka BP 3650 Antananarivo Tél :22 611 40. 180.000 FMG Beautiful colonial...more
Le Royal Pallisandre is a very good quality hotel in the heart of the city. The rooms and public...more
Lot 66 B Antanetibe Ivato, Antananarivo, 105, Madagascar
Good for: Solo
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