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Re: Being Nosy in Madagascar
« Reply #20 on: August 21, 2013, 03:40:00 pm »
Looks like a great place to visit, I have never been but sure looks tempting to go explore
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« Reply #21 on: August 27, 2013, 12:44:52 am »
One can do guided walks in Madagascar’s Reserves, or rent a bike or taxi to get around further afield. Here is the shop of “le Belge” in Nosy Be, where you can rent a decent 110cc Korean scooter for about R100/ day.
 


A plastic helmet (legally required) is part of the deal.
 


From the top of Mont Passot, one can look out over the volcanic lakes and the surrounding islands. A leisurely circuit of the island can be done in one day.
 


The tropical climate is ideal for the production of spices, and one can tour the plantations much like Zanzibar’s to see what common condiments look like before they are processed.
 
Madagascar is a key producer of Vanilla- actually a parasitic creeper introduced from Mexico. The pods contain aromatic seeds that can be ground to a powder or the flavour can be extracted with alcohol.



Cinnamon bark and vanilla pods- on sale everywhere.
 


Pepper seeds
 


Coffee beans.
 


Ylang-ylang- the flowers yield an essential oil that is the base ingredient for perfume and aromatherapy, with a fragrance to match.
 

« Last Edit: September 20, 2013, 07:18:34 pm by NiteOwl »
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« Reply #22 on: August 29, 2013, 11:30:31 pm »
Although Nosy Be is separated from the main island by about 10 kilometres, you can actually take your rented bike or car across by ferry to explore Madagascar (cost- about R400 each way for a car). It helps to get moving early.
 


The arrival in Ankify lands you into a sea of humanity and a traffic jam of note before a cool drive through the cocoa plantations that take you to the N6 national road.
 


Oddly enough, you rent a car with a driver here (cost- about R600/day). The one reason is this (not really a problem for most of us):
 


The more compelling reason is the condition of the roads- you really need a driver who cares about the next trip of his vehicle.
 


Most vehicles on the roads are old French models- they seem to be the only ones that last. When last did you see a Renault 4 or Peugeot 404? Plenty of them here!



There is plenty of water inland. Much of it is used for subsistence agriculture.

 

Even where it isn't plentiful on the surface, it's not that hard to reach.



Lots of fresh fruit and is available cheaply in towns and along the road.



The pastry snacks (samoosas, cake, fried bananas) are surprisingly good and cheap, if not that wholesome.
 


And of course, with this being an island, there's fish everywhere.

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Re: Being Nosy in Madagascar
« Reply #23 on: August 31, 2013, 02:13:39 am »
Thanks for sharing. Bucket list for sure.
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Re: Being Nosy in Madagascar
« Reply #24 on: August 31, 2013, 05:42:27 am »
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« Reply #25 on: September 07, 2013, 11:20:23 pm »
A tour of the national parks (Reserves) is good exercise (you have to do it on foot) and quite rewarding. Walks range from 5 to 10 km loops. This is the Bat Cave (Grottes des Chauves-Souris) in Ankarana. It’s about 200 km from Nosy Be, or 6 hours of driving.


 
The tsingy (karst/limestone) forest, carved out by the receding sea is Ankarana’s prime tourist attraction.
 


The edges are razor-sharp, and the rocks extend as far as the eye can see.
 


Mont Ambre (Amber Mountain) is about 120 km further but at a much higher elevation, and consequently considerably cooler and wetter. The steep access roads are severely eroded, making use of a 4x4 essential to reach the entrance.



Most of Madagascar’s reserves are home to the primates unique to this island. They range from the Black lemurs found on Nosy Be to Crowned lemurs (below) and Sanford’s lemurs further north. Despite being about the size of a fox-terrier, they only weigh about 2 kg.
 


Sifakas keep their bodies upright and move between trees with long sideways hops on their hind legs (the name mimics their call). Their natural habitat is actually along the southwestern coastal area and they weigh about 3.5 kg.
 


Tenrecs, Madagascar’s version of the hedgehog.



Madagascar’s reptiles are just as fascinating as its primates.

 

Apart from 70 or so different chameleons, there also geckos, frogs and constrictors.

 

The good news is that there are no poisonous snakes here, but lemurs form part of the diet of boa constrictors like this one. 
 


With eyes all over the show …
 


…and a projecting tongue, chameleon's prey have little chance of escape.

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Re: Being Nosy in Madagascar
« Reply #26 on: September 08, 2013, 05:54:29 am »
Really cool pic , the last one!!
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Re: Being Nosy in Madagascar
« Reply #27 on: September 08, 2013, 07:06:26 am »
Awesome im going to nosy in jan, anything else you can recommend
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Re: Being Nosy in Madagascar
« Reply #28 on: September 08, 2013, 07:45:38 am »
Awesome im going to nosy in jan, anything else you can recommend

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Re: Being Nosy in Madagascar
« Reply #29 on: September 08, 2013, 08:12:59 am »
Wil nog eendag soontoe seil. Madagaskar , Mayotte , Comorres en Seychelles om :drif:
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Re: Being Nosy in Madagascar
« Reply #30 on: September 08, 2013, 08:39:26 pm »
Wil nog eendag soontoe seil. Madagaskar , Mayotte , Comorres en Seychelles om :drif:

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« Reply #31 on: September 20, 2013, 08:14:18 pm »
Rice, the staple food, is grown everywhere that water is available. Antananarivo is surrounded by rice paddies.



Antsiranana (Diego Suarez) is the northernmost town of Madagascar. It boasts three large bays filled by the Emerald Sea, and used to be a hangout for pirates attacking passing ships…
 


where kids learn the trick of sailing from an early age.



With the huge disparity in wealth between Europe and the third world, it is hardly surprising that young local women will jump at the chance of a relationship of convenience with a (mainly French) sugar daddy whose pension or income allows them to afford a life of stunning luxury in a country that ranks 10th  poorest in the world.

 

Sex Tourism- though legally frowned upon, is widely practiced, particularly in the touristy areas.


The decaying colonial buildings are in a similar state as those in Mozambique, just 500 km to the west. There simply isn’t enough money to maintain these grand old structures.
 
 

Although the shacks in the capital are of much more recent vintage, they aren’t in much better state. They are built almost literally on top of each other due to the rapid urbanisation. Traffic jams are commonplace.

 

Despite this, there are still pockets of excellence here and there, even if they are in the middle of some rather seedy streets, like the Sakamanga (Blue Cat) hotel.



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Re: Being Nosy in Madagascar
« Reply #32 on: September 21, 2013, 02:23:08 am »
Interresant dat jy "sex tourism" noem. Ek het iets soortgelyk gesien in n kontrakteurs kamp in Luanda area.
Naweke het die meestal vet ooms (van oor die hele wereld ) met hulle "meisies" langs die swembad gele en bier drink. Die meisies was so jonk dat party daar gele het en hul skoolwerk doen.  Ek het dit sommer net disgusting gevind en glo mens het nie n hart om iemand so uit te buit/misbruik  wat so arm is nie.  :xxbah:
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Re: Being Nosy in Madagascar
« Reply #33 on: October 30, 2013, 04:10:56 pm »
The beaches in Antsiranana have to be swept early morning as locals leave deposits all over  :(
Brings back really great memories! A place I would love to go back to for more than a few weeks!!
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Re: Being Nosy in Madagascar
« Reply #34 on: November 22, 2013, 02:21:07 pm »
Wow...this is interesting. I would LOVE to do a surf holiday there.....surfboard on the plane is much easier than getting a bike there... :biggrin:

Thanks for sharing! Very nice pics!!!!