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Debrief from the plane - The trip back to reality

MADAGASCAR | Saturday, 15 May 2010 | Views [420]

About 5minutes after the green and brown of Madagascar was no longer in sight from my window seat, I realised, I am completely exhausted. It’s not just a lack of sleep either, I am truly tired. I am hungry. I am hungry for clean, nutritious, ... Read more >

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Trip of a lifetime!
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Day 14 - Ifaty to Tana

MADAGASCAR | Friday, 14 May 2010 | Views [565]

Oh no, where has the time gone! It’s my last day in Madagascar, and I truly am sad to see this adventure end. Where did I break off last? The morning in Ifaty was perfect. We headed out on a snorkelling trip on one ... Read more >

Day 11 - Ikaka to Baobabs, Tulear and Ifaty

MADAGASCAR | Tuesday, 11 May 2010 | Views [1360]

Ikaka is the name of the river running through a settlement that has literally sprung out of nowhere. The reason; beautiful, abundant and lucrative sapphires. The first was found just over a decade ago by a Swiss-Frenchman who we had the good ... Read more >

Day 10 - Isalo National Park

MADAGASCAR | Monday, 10 May 2010 | Views [902]

Our day began well, we woke up bright and early to start our 6 hour trek in Isalo National Park (Isalo being the name of an endemic tree that is found here), and I got to have a real breakfast, an omelette instead of the monotonous baguette ... Read more >

Day 9 - Ranohira

MADAGASCAR | Sunday, 9 May 2010 | Views [485]

Not much. Most of today was spent driving the 5-6hours to Ranohira, a small town in the middle of nowhere. Turns out the gem mines are ~80km from here so we’ll visit them later on. We’re now staying at the Hotel Orchidee (single double 36,000Ar).... Read more >

Day 8 - Ambavalo

MADAGASCAR | Saturday, 8 May 2010 | Views [921]

Ambavalo and an unexpected return to Fiana. A slight bout of tummy bug and cold (I caught the cold a couple of days ago)... BUT! My first sighting of lemurs in Madagascar! Ring tailed lemurs (the black and white stripy tailed ones) at Anja park, ... Read more >

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Day 7 - Homestay on the way to Manakara

MADAGASCAR | Friday, 7 May 2010 | Views [1609] | Comments [4]

The last two days have been picturesque to say the least. After the previous post about scammers we risked it again and signed up for a 2 day train and homestay trip to Andrambovato (Normally 120,000Ar and worth every penny, though not ... Read more >

Day 5 - Antsirabe to Fianarantsoa

MADAGASCAR | Wednesday, 5 May 2010 | Views [496]

We got jipped. Plain and simple. Kind of. We decided to rent a guide who was going to take us to Tulear over 7-8days. According to the boss (read salesman) our guide was either going to be him or one of his partners who could also speak ... Read more >

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Day 4 - Antsirabe and the ride to Lac Tritriva

MADAGASCAR | Tuesday, 4 May 2010 | Views [1510] | Comments [1]

Wow, what a day! Travelling is as much the meeting of people as the travel itself and boy did we meet some interesting locals! I think this is a post best described through pictures, so I’ll keep it short. Waking early we borrowed a couple ... Read more >

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Day 3 - Tana to Antsirabe

MADAGASCAR | Monday, 3 May 2010 | Views [481] | Comments [3]

I realise now that it was never the fact that I was a nightowl, but rather that I lived in the wrong time zone. This morning I was up at the crack of dawn, 6am before my alarm and once again to the sound of cock crows. I ventured out by myself ... Read more >

Day 2 - Tana

MADAGASCAR | Sunday, 2 May 2010 | Views [397] | Comments [1]

The morning in Reunion involved more rain and taking a lovely walk by a very grouchy looking sea. Also worth mentioning for potential travellers, the main St Denis bus stop (Gare Routiere) is right on the sea in the middle of town. It was an ... Read more >

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Day 1 - Reunion Island

REUNION | Saturday, 1 May 2010 | Views [340] | Comments [1]

We touched down just as it was beginning to rain (and then pour) at the already dark and overcast Roland Garros airport of Reunion Island. As soon as I'd set foot off the plane I was struck by the concoction of thick humidity, the ... Read more >

Day 0.5- Take off

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 1 May 2010 | Views [442] | Comments [3]

I gotta say, Air Austral is ok in my books! Decent leg room, attentive staff, smoked salmon for lunch and a nice French red on offer. No economising with ‘petite’ sized meals either. The only drawback is no individual entertainment for this ... Read more >

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