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  • Nosy Be means “big island” in the Malagasy language. That gives you a taste of the overwhelming things we have been experiencing! Nosy Be is best known for it’s ylang-ylang trees which are the basis for a perfume. The main town that we tendered into is named “Hellville”. Now, that brings many images to mind, but the name really refers to the town being named for Admiral Hell. It is a busy little city that is a bit more civilized than our recent ports of Mombasa and Zanzibar. Jeff and I took a tuk-tuk (I love tuk-tuks - they are a small covered seat that is driven by a motorcycle that has a front on it). I know, bad description, but they are everywhere and a cheap way to get around. We paid $5 for about a 20 minute tour of the town and it’s outskirts. I could ride a tuk-tuk every day!
    We took 2 boats to the island of Nosy Komba to visit a local village and a lemur reserve.
    It was interesting to see the local village which was quite poor, but have a profitable source of income from the lemur reserve. We had a taste of the homes, cooking facilities and crafts of the people who live here. They have many opportunities of natural resources, but no real way to capitalize on them.
    The lemurs are about as sweet as you can imagine. All you have to do is hold a banana and smile at them and they are on your shoulder. They are incredibly soft, fairly heavy and have velvety hands. As I gave one of them a tiny piece of banana, the gentleness of their demeanor was remarkable. They have no real predators and have lived protected in this area for thousands of years.
    This was another surprising port that yielded wonders that we’d never imagined. We approach these unusual ports with very low expectations and are always amazed at the offerings, if one is prepared to look beyond our standards.
    The first photo is a wild lemur on Jeff's shoulder enjoying a banana from his hand.
    The second photo is an unbelievably colored chameleon.
    The third photo is a beach where the locals are displaying their wares, in this case, beautiful embroidered cutwork tablecloths and runners.
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  • There is no record of a cruise ship ever having stopped at Mahajanga before, so this piqued our interest as we dropped anchor just off of Mahajanga. Initially, this posed a problem because the tender couldn’t locate a safe place to drop people off. Once resolved, however, we found it refreshing to go into a town with people that were just living their daily lives. They were only mildly interested to see us and didn’t feel compelled to sell us anything!
    All in all, it was a short, sweet stop that left the impression of smiling faces and pleasant interactions with it’s inhabitants.
    The first photo is the Mahajanga library.
    The second photo are the local version of rickshaws - mainly used by local people for transportation and hauling.
    The third photo is a took-tuk rounding a large baubob tree.
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  • Nosy means island and Be means big so this is the biggest of the little islands off the coast of Madagascar. We left the not so appropriately named Hell-Ville and traveled over to one of the smaller islands Nosy Komba to see an animal distinct to the island of Madagascar, the lemur. It is a cool little animal that is very much like the monkey but with soft little hands. The little village on the island has about 2000 people and a few turtles that Nancy managed to find.
    Other then the boat almost breaking down on the way over it was an uneventful day and pretty enjoyable. We are getting where we are enjoying the nature rather then the cities in this part of the world. There is a depressing amount of poverty in some of these countries that is hard to think of an answer to. While tourism is a start it is difficult to see how that is going to sustain the population growth that is going on in these countries/islands.
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  • Nach zweieinhalb Tagen auf dem Kanu verliessen wir in der Nähe von Antanambao den Fluss. Die letzte Strecke nach Belo sur Tsiribihina machten wir mit einem 4x4 Auto. Intressant war die fähre, auf die das Auto verladen wurde. Ich würde auf keinen Fall selbst auf die Fähre fahren:)

  • Kleines Dorf mit sehr netten Leuten. Mit Guide essen gegangen (Zebu mit Reis, und einer wässrige gemüsesuppe 3000 Ariary (Währung der Madagassen) entspricht einem Franken. Das leben ist hier für Touristen also sehr billig.
    Idyllisch und ruhig.

  • La Bellevue, sehr gutes Restaurant. Stellt selber aromisierte Rumsorten her. Bester Platz um Honig zu kaufen, schöner Strand, harmonisch, ruhig, wenig Tourismus, Definitiv ein Platz um einige Tage zu verweilen, wenn man Zeit hat

  • Der Nationalpark Ranomafana ist ein Nationalpark in Madagaskar in der. Der Nationalpark ist bekannt sowohl für seine Wasserfälle und Thermalbäder als auch für die Vielfalt von Halbaffen und Vogelarten. Er wurde 1991 als Nationalpark ausgewiesen.