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Andasibe National Park

Friday, 25 Oct 2013 | Views [632]

The 18 kilometers of “road” to the Mantadia Reserve is a cratered disgrace.  Julian, our guide, says that tourists won’t come next year because it is so bad.  But the road to the cobalt mines is as good as any forest road ... Read more >

Madagascar's Central Highlands

Tuesday, 22 Oct 2013 | Views [2460]

it's a long and winding road from Ramonafana to Andasibe with spectacular views of terraced rice paddies and two-storey brick houses straight from a fairytale village.  The people who live in the Central Highlands of Madagascar call themselves ... Read more >

It's Gone!

Sunday, 20 Oct 2013 | Views [649]

I followed a safe distance behind Connie so I could give her a boost up the steep trails.  She followed Vongy.  Our guide, Rodin (“rode in” not “row dan”) led the squad, alternately whistling birdcalls and stopping to ... Read more >

The Road North

Saturday, 19 Oct 2013 | Views [485]

We were very glad to see Vongy waiting for us when we returned from Anakao.  It took him more than two days to drive down from Antananarivo and it will take us another week to get back via Ranomafana and Andasibe National Parks. Like driving ... Read more >

The Spiny Forest and Nosy Ve

Thursday, 17 Oct 2013 | Views [919]

If you come to Madagascar for the birding, a trip south is a must.  The aptly named “Spiny Forest” at Ifaty is home to several birds found nowhere else in the world.  While you’re in the area you may as well visit Nosy Ve, ... Read more >

Bird Watching the Hard Way

Tuesday, 15 Oct 2013 | Views [494]

Stereotypical birders, gray-haired pensioners in photographer’s vests and cute little old ladies bedecked with bird books and binoculars, sedately migrate with the seasons like the flocks they pursue.  Birding in Tulear is a bit more strenuous.... Read more >

Kindred Spirits

Sunday, 13 Oct 2013 | Views [370]

Brits Alan and Deryn have traveled nearly as extensively as we have, although at a greater level of luxury.  We met as they were leaving Ankarafantsika for points north with their friends and travel companions and guide.  We have been to some ... Read more >

The Zebu in the Rice Paddy

Saturday, 12 Oct 2013 | Views [545]

Madagascar is Africa by association, having separated from the continent some 165 million years ago.  Lonely Planet doesn't even include Mada in its volume on southern Africa and the Malagasy people consider themselves islanders - citizens of "L'isle ... Read more >

It's All About Lemurs and Birds

Friday, 11 Oct 2013 | Views [537]

Madagascar has so many endemic species I half expected flocks of birds, aviary-style, with lemurs pogo-ing from tree to tree and a chameleon on every branch.  The sad truth is you must work for every sighting and twice as hard for a good photo. ... Read more >

Ankarafantsika National Park

Wednesday, 9 Oct 2013 | Views [624]

We are getting used to flying in prop planes again and the Air Madagascar flight from ‘Tana to Majunga was uneventful.  Our guide, Amedee, who goes by Eddie (“I’m Eddie”) and driver Vongy were waiting for us with the 4X4 ... Read more >


Tuesday, 8 Oct 2013 | Views [528]

There is no charge for a visa to enter Madagascar yet the process is incredibly inefficient.  No fewer than five people handled, examined or stamped our passports during the process.  Job creation by the government is important in a country ... Read more >

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