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Madagascar's Central Highlands

MADAGASCAR | Tuesday, 22 October 2013 | Views [1756]

Central highlands

Central highlands

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 the “people of the sky,” fitting since this area lies at nearly a mile above sea level.  This rice bowl of Madagascar also supplies most of the veggies for sale on the streets of Antananarivo.

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   Planting rice

Only a truly obsessed driver would attempt the entire trip in a day and then he would miss out on the Royal Palace Hotel in Antsirabe, a real Western-style hotel with mini-bar and wi-fi, right in the heart of Madagascar.

Grace Lodge, on the other end of the scale, is our home for the next three nights as we explore Andasibe-Mantadia National Park.  Grazielle, the manager, is a soft-spoken darling of a woman, 71 years old but looks 50.  Our room is simple and electricity is promised from 5:30 until 10.  Dinner was wonderful and Grazielle has no problem feeding us breakfast at 4:30 so we can get an early start on the day.

 

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