Fun things to do in Madagascar

  • Greater Flamingo on the salt lake
    Greater Flamingo on the salt lake
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  • Greater Bamboo Lemur: a rare find
    Greater Bamboo Lemur: a rare find
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  • Milne-Edward's Sifaka in Ranomafana NP
    Milne-Edward's Sifaka in Ranomafana NP
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    MY FRIEND – MR. BUCKET

    by DAO Updated Dec 18, 2008

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    This is my highly versatile friend – Mr. Bucket. Before you think I have gone totally mad, just read on. I may be mad, but this is a friend you need for any sort of stays in Africa. So what can Mr. Bucket do for you? Well, Mr. Bucket holds water. So he can keep water for emergency drinking, putting out campfires, washing out toilets/ground, and for washing clothes. He is also indispensable for taking a bath when the water stops running. He can even store his own water. On top of all this Mr. Bucket can help you when he’s dry too. He holds things for you to carry or store. He’s great for storing liquid containers like cleaners and alcohol that could leak out. Yep, Mr. Bucket – leave home with it! When you are finished with Mr. Bucket please leave him for a local person to use.

    Mr. Bucket is available at fine stores, and no so fine stores, all over Madagascar for about 50 US cents - $2. Now that’s a bargain!

    MR BUCKET MR BUCKET MR BUCKET MR BUCKET MR BUCKET AND FRIENDS !
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    Beach life !

    by gazellen Updated May 26, 2008

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    There are many very fine beaches every where along the coastline. Be aware of sharks, and som beaches has sandflies. If eaten by sandflies, it can be really nasty. Some locals told me to put coconut oil all ower the body, it helps.

    Ille St. Marie

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    Transportation

    by gazellen Updated May 20, 2008

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    Transportating your self from A to B, is a big part of travelling at Madagaskar. It often takes a lot of time, as the infrastructure is no so developed. It can be so funny and also very hard.
    Taxibrousse, boat, ships, zebu or walking by foot it´s a part of the adventure.

    crosing a river another river sometimes it s better to walk

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    DIEGO

    by gazellen Updated May 20, 2008

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    Diego is the main city of the northern Madagaskar. The northern part of Madagaskar is very cosmopolitan with a muslin community, Indian traders, Arabic sailors, french expat, descendants of African slaves, all mixing with the lokal Antakarana.

    TO SEE: Montagne des francais. Excelent view across the bay.

    View from Montagne des francais.

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    HIRE THE BEST ENGLISH SPEAKING TRAVEL GUIDE

    by DAO Updated Dec 27, 2007

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    If you come all the way here, then hire the best English-speaking guide in Madagascar. DJ (his nickname) runs Jerijery Tours and is a superb guide and all around great guy. He does guided trips all across Madagascar for several tour operators, or you can hire him directly. He operates a very comfortable 4-wheel drive people carrier and is also a very safe driver – very important considering some of the roads. Nothing is too much trouble and he happily stopped wherever I wanted to take a picture. I bought a tour at the very last minute and DJ made me feel like I had been expected for months. I saw 7 varieties of Lemurs, a host of animals, birds, insects, plants and fantastic scenery thanks to the organisational skills of DJ. He even knows the very best restaurants along the way. I never felt rushed, yet I couldn’t believe how much I saw in just a few days. English-speaking guides are hard to find, but DJ is the best there is!

    (All the pictures were taken during my tour with DJ)

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    Berenty The Sisal Plantation

    by janiebaxter Updated Oct 13, 2007

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    The sisal plantation surrounds Berenty reserve but once you are inside the forest you can't see it.
    You can organise a visit to the plantation and the factory which is interesting if you have a few days in Berenty. If you are there for only 1 or 2 days, you wouldn't want to miss the wildlife in order to visit the sisal factory. You are shown how the sisal grows, how it is harvested and cut and then made into ropes. Conditions inside the factory are not up to the standards we are used to, with fibres everywhere it made me think of what it must have been like in the cotton mills in the last centuries.
    The Sisal plantation is criticised for its existence next to Berenty reserve - but at least it is a natural product and provides jobs.

    Sisal Plantation
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    Berenty Spiny Forest - Ringtails and Wildlife

    by janiebaxter Updated Oct 13, 2007

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    Berenty is the best place to see Ringtail Lemurs and Verreaux Sifakas, as well as lots of other Lemurs, birds and reptiles.
    It is easy to walk around on your own, with nothing dangerous to worry about.
    The reserve is about 250 hectares of mainly spiny forest and dry Tamarind gallery woodland. There are lots of reptiles here and we saw a boa constrictor catch and eat a wood pigeon.
    A good place to walk in the afternoons when it is hot is by the small drinking pools along the pathways, as the birds and animals come to drink here.
    Berenty is a bridwatcher's paradise with many species to see - if 1 less wood pigeon!
    The reserve has accomodation which is comfortable and a restaurant which quite good. 3 days is a good time to spend here. We went in November which was good for seeing lots of lemurs with babies but also lots of mosquitos.

    Berenty Spiny Forest
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    Perinet - See the Indrie and Other Lemurs

    by janiebaxter Updated Oct 13, 2007

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    Perinet, also called Mantadia-Andasibe, is the place to see the endangered Indrie which is the largest of the Lemurs. The Indries make strange eerie calls and you can hear them for miles in the forest. They live high up in the trees in the rainforest and almost never come down so you need a good zoom lense to get photos through the dense foliage of the rainforest.

    There are 8 other species of Lemur to see in Perinet, as well as the Indrie. Some people saw an AYE-AYE on an night walk, but we were unlucky with this one. However a really lovely Lemur is the Wooly Lemur which you may see during the day as well as brown lemur, bamboo lemur and mouse lemur. There are many types of chameleons, frogs and the Tenrec which is a bit like a hedgehog with a mohican!

    2 or 3 days is a good amount of time here so you have a good chance of seeing everything.

    Woolly Lemurs
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    Ampefy - Itasy area

    by Norali Written Sep 12, 2007

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    Click on the link below to read my wholepage of this superb volcanic area. Everything I experienced, memories of the daytrip, practical info, I intended to lay there. So visit my Ampefy page instead of me repeating myself...

    You could check the pics though. :-)

    Geyser -Ampefy area Liliha falls at its Itasy lake from La Belv��d��re From Le kavitaha lunch terrasse onto Kavitaha lake
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    Tsingy de Bemaraha on the UNESCO heritage list (1)

    by Norali Updated Jul 8, 2007

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    From the UNESCO website: "Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve comprises karstic landscapes and limestone uplands cut into impressive 'tsingy' peaks and a 'forest' of limestone needles, the spectacular canyon of the Manambolo river, rolling hills and high peaks. The undisturbed forests, lakes and mangrove swamps are the habitat for rare and endangered lemurs and birds."

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    Ambohimanga Royal Hill - UNESCO List Heritage (2)

    by Norali Updated Jul 8, 2007

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    From the UNESCO website "The Royal Hill of Ambohimanga consists of a royal city and burial site, and an ensemble of sacred places. It is associated with strong feelings of national identity, and has maintained its spiritual and sacred character both in ritual practice and the popular imagination for the past 500 years. It remains a place of worship to which pilgrims come from Madagascar and elsewhere."

    Of all Madagascar's UNESCO sites, the Royal Hill of Ambohimanga is the closest to me. Malaza, my village is part of the Ambohimanga Rova municipality, so are several villages around.
    Around the Royal Hill itself are several spots of interest... and what views! I try to update my Ambohimanga page with activities which can be done around the UNESCO site itself. For instance, a nature park (not fully operational though), hills to climb that grant climbers with terrific views, other historical villages, pilgrimage spots, trek trails, ancient architectures & structures among the scenic rural landscape... Click here to view my page of Ambohimanga.

    Summer Palace for the Queens Architectures within the Royal complex Main Entry to the Royal city Ambohimanga Hill (r) - seen during my morning walk View from Ambatomiantendro rock
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    The Rainforests of the Atsinanana- UNESCO list (3)

    by Norali Updated Jul 8, 2007

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    June 27, 2007 - New zealand. To the previous two sites decision was taken to grant Madagascar with its third UNESCO Heritage List site. Add to the Tsingy of Bemaraha & to Ambohimanga Royal Hill, the Rainforests of the Atsinanana. They are wet forests along the Eastern coast of Madagascar. 6 national parks, located along the wet Eastern coast: Marojejy, Masoala, Zahamena, Ranomafana, Andringitra & Andohahela, of which I've only seen one (!), long time ago.

    From the UNESCO website: "The Rainforests of the Atsinanana comprise six national parks distributed along the eastern part of the island. These relict forests are critically important for maintaining ongoing ecological processes necessary for the survival of Madagascar's unique biodiversity, which reflects the island's geological history. Having completed its separation from all other land masses more than 60 million years ago, Madagascar's plant and animal life evolved in isolation. Inscribed both for their importance to ecological and biological processes, the rainforests are also inscribed for their biodiversity and the threatened species they support. The rate of endemism within these forests is exceptionally high at 80 to 90 percent for all groups. The property is of global significance for fauna, especially primates. Many rare and threatened species (78 of the 123 non-flying mammals in Madagascar occur in this site, including 72 that are on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species), including at least 25 species of lemur."

    So far, only pictures from the Ranomafana NP. To think, the Eastern Wet Forests on the UNESCO List comprehends 5 other NPs... which I still would like to see & cover.

    Ranomafana NP Nightlife w/ a Ranomafana resident The 2nd cutest lemur in my books: microcebus I told ya! The Eastern Wet forests...
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    Betsileo vineyards.. and try Toakagasy, a rotgut

    by Norali Updated Feb 23, 2007

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    Fianarantsoa is LOCALLY known for its wine, Lazan'i Betsileo, Maromby (from Maromby monastery), Soavita. The region was "held" by French missionaires since 19th cent, that makes Fianarantsoa counting more catholic people than other parts of the Island. Vineyards are seen from the Nationale 7. We hadn't done it but it is possible to visit vineyards. To be honest, Malagasy wine is crap ! I think that's the simplest way to qualify it. In the past, the first vintages were correct but then, they started watering down the wine to face the demand. Has been so since decades. Only now there seems to be an interest in restauring quality... only after good and/ or major restaurants are inondated with European, American, Australian, South-American wines. I would be the first to change this remark if they're getting better with this stuff... Am patriot but cannot decently advise you to buy this Malagasy wine. One day... maybe... well, I hope.

    Alongside wine production, this is the region that produces Toakagasy (mean: Malagasy alcohol), a rotgut made from rice or sugar cane alcohol... Off the record selling though. I don't know whether this last part should be here or rather be a "Off the beaten path" one...

    Fianar landscape by Norali
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    Pereyras nature farm

    by tompt Updated Nov 1, 2006

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    Along the RN2, the road from Tana to Perinet you will pass the Pereyras nature farm. This park is owned by naturalist André Pereyras. The purpose of this farm is breeding the special animals of Madagascar. They have lemurs and many reptiles. First we were taken into the woods, just a short walk, where the lemurs waited for their treats (banana for the brown lemur, and bread fro the sifaka). It was not quit the nature we expected to see, but it was the opportunity to get to know the animals of this island and take some nice pictures.
    After a lunch we were taken into the cages where we found lots of chameleons, in all sorts and sizes. Again it was a bit like a zoo, but have a look at some of our pics..........

    A nice introduction to Madagascars animals, but not a can't miss destination. When this is your first visit here, and you haven't seen any animals in the wild do visit. Else just drive past and go to Perinet.

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    Nightwalk along Perinet

    by tompt Written Oct 27, 2006

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    Although the Mantadia-Andasibe NP is closed to the public after dark it is absolutely a must to make a nightwalk with the parks guides. They take you along the road next to the park. But all traffic is expecting people walking there and they drive by very slowly. Much to our surprise we saw many cameleons, in all sizes, sleeping on the branches. But we also saw the orange eyes of nocturnal lemurs in our flashlights. It was an easy walk, no climbing just an even road.

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