Madagascar
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27 travelers at this place:

  • Day50

    Tierpark mal anders

    November 17 in Madagascar

    So viele wilde Tiere an einem Ort. Die Lemuren sind nur für eine Weile in Gefangenschaft, hoffen wir mal das es stimmt. Die schwarzen sind die männlichen und die braunen weiblich, dank unseres super guides haben wir viel über die Tiere erfahren dürfen.

    Die Schildkröte war schon 120 Jahre und total verschmust, sie liebt es am Hals gekault zu werden und läuft dafür auch hinter einem her, beeindruckende Tiere. Fast wir Dinosaurier, die Nase hat ein dickes horn und der Hals ein riesen Muskeln mit einer weichen und dehnbaren Haut. Diese riesen Beine und der schwere Panzer, tolle Tiere 😍

    Die kleine Schildkröte wird nur 30 Jahre alt und wird nicht wesentlich größer. War aber auch sehr süß.

    Dann hatten wir noch einen riesen Lärm, von den Zirkaden, eine Art Motte/Grille. Die Tiere machen einen grausamen Lärm und flattern rum. Komische Wesen.
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  • Day50

    Madagaskar

    November 17 in Madagascar

    Nicht nur die Luft ist hier anders, all diese Eindrück sind fern ab von dem was ich kenne. Beeindruckend und traurig zu gleich. Es herrscht hier viel Armut und Ungerechtigkeit.

    Nach einem kurzen Spaziergang haben wir uns ein Tuk tuk ergattert, leider sprach er nur schlechtes Englisch, typisch Franzosen 😉 leider hat er uns so wenig verstanden, dass wir in die falsche Ecke der Insel gebracht worden sind, über holpige Straßen, steile hänge und abgelegende Orte und Menschen mit einem riesen Messer 🤪 nach dem er den Fehler gemerkt hat, sind wir umgedreht und in den Park gefahren, nur leider nahmen die keine Euros oder Dollar, geschweige denn eine bankarte 😄 also wieder zurück zum Hafen, dort trafen wir andere Crew Mitglieder die uns erzählten, wie toll deren Tag war und was für Tiere sie sahen.

    Wir wieder ins tuk tuk, diesmal besser verhandelt und ab in Tierpark, dieser war genial. 😍
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  • Day51

    Handel am Morgen...

    November 18 in Madagascar

    ... So viel Trubel vor meinem Büro. Auf einmal wird das Sidegate geöffnet, alle anderen Türen geschlossen und los ging der Handel. Es wurde mit silikon, spiegeln, Klamotten, Schuhen und sogar schränken gehandelt 😄 so was verrücktes, es waren einige Holzboote und ein eifriger Handel betrieben. Eine andere Welt die ich mir nicht so vorgestellt habe.Read more

  • Day50

    Samstag Abend

    November 17 in Madagascar

    Zünftig gefeiert 😃 Abschiedsfeier von drei Philis mit viel Glitzer und einer Menge Spaß. Lustig wars 😊

    Hab die Glitzerfee gespielt und die Taschen voller Glitzer gehabt und diese über andere rieseln lassen 😄

    Zuerst waren wir vorne auf dem Deck, es wurde gegrillt und frischen Fisch aus Madagaskar gebraten. Mjami. Danach gings zum singen in den Bosun Store und später zum tanzen in die Crew Bar. Party hopping 😉Read more

  • Day58

    Madagaskar

    November 25 in Madagascar

    Manchmal macht mich das Reisen sehr nachdenklich. Heute sind wir an einem sehr armen Ort, ich bin auch nicht rausgegangen, die Geschichten der Kollegen reichte mir schon und ich wusste das ich dieses Elend nicht sehen möchte. (die Bilder sind von meinem Kollegen)

    Schon vor dem Hafentor sammelten sich betteelnde Kinder, die auch versuchten aus den Hosentasche zu klauen, sie liefen sogar den Bussen hinterher. Die Hütten, hatten kein Strom und fließend Wasser, es waren nur einfache Strohhütten. Die Ausflüge mit den Gästen wurden sogar von Sicherheitsleuten begleitet, damit sie nicht belästigt oder ausgeraubt werden. Schon traurig.

    Der Gesundheitszustand ist ebenfalls grausam, im letzten Jahr, gab es wieder Fälle von der Lungen- und Beulenpest. Dazu gibt es noch Sandflöhe am Strand 😔

    Der Höhepunkt war noch, dass wir nach dem wir die Insel verlassen haben. Wieder die Modenshow an Bord hatten, welche mir immer Spaß macht. Doch bitte nicht an dem Tag. Die Kleider und den Schmuck, den wir trugen war unheimlich viel Wert und hätten die ganze Insel mit Lebensmitteln versorgen können. Komische Welt 🌍
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  • Day149

    Andasibe

    October 2, 2017 in Madagascar

    After buying a local SIM card, water and getting some cash, we drove ~4 hours up to the Analamazaotra-Mantadia National Parks (another world heritage site).
    The people in this part of Madagascar look far more Asian than we expected. You could easily believe you were in Indonesia or Malaysia. We’ve learned that the first people to settle here were originally from SE Asia, and they were followed by Portuguese, Arabs, African slaves, Indians, French, etc. You can definitely see the French influence in the farmhouse–style architecture complete with wooden shutters. And happily, you can taste it in the food – including some delicious patisseries and boulangeries.
    We learned a few days before arriving that several of the hotels we’d planned to stay at were fully booked so we ended up in a very basic “eco-lodge”. Essentially, it was a straw hut with a bed inside and attached toilet block (where the toilet hardly worked and the hand-spray shower water was cold). Not a good introduction to accommodation here, and especially disappointing because this is where we spent our 20th wedding anniversary.
    Nevermind. We had each other. And the lemurs and chameleons (almost) made up for it!
    We first visited Mantadia park and were lucky to see 3 species of lemurs there, including a lemur baby. Ridiculously cute creatures that are so odd – almost a cross between a gibbon, NZ possum, sloth (not the movement, just the look) and meercat. On several nocturnal walks we were able to see 3 more species of lemurs as well as 3 kinds of chameleons. Amazing. And, on our last day here, we saw 2 more lemur species and several more babies.
    For our anniversary, we went to lunch at a fancy lodge (where we’d wanted to stay) and enjoyed a bottle of wine and some seafood. Very nice, though the animals here have been the absolute highlight.
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  • Day152

    Antsirabe

    October 5, 2017 in Madagascar

    Many of the names here sound similar. Antsirabe is, in fact, a different town and was a stopover point on our way towards the west coast.
    We drove most of the day with a stop at Madagscar Exotic, a fantastic “zoo” housing many species of chameleon, gecko and butterflies in very large outdoor enclosures. Let us tell you…we LOVE chameleons. They are so incredibly beautiful and have an endearing way of moving slowly, looking around, and adapting to their environment. It was such a treat to watch them being fed and getting a chance to hold several of them. Such cool creatures.
    The hotel where we stayed was very charming – a French colonial café that had been converted to a hotel. Our room was enormous with a sitting room, separate bedroom, and ceilings 15+ feet high. It was such a treat to stay here after such a crappy place before. Unfortunately, we were out the door at 6am for our long drive west.
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  • Day154

    Bekopaka

    October 7, 2017 in Madagascar

    Another day’s drive reminded us how happy we are not to be self-driving. This became even truer as we had several very interesting ferry crossings. On the first ferry, which was ~45 minutes long, we had to drive up onto a pontoon with 6 other cars via 2 thin metal ‘planks’. Absolutely no room for error. Yikes! The second ferry was very short (~5 minutes) and involved driving into a river up to thigh-level, then driving up 2 very steep narrow planks onto a ferry which dropped you on the other side of the river and again required traversing the narrow metal tracks.
    While here, we took a river trip down the Manambolo River to see the beautiful gorge and did some hikes in the small and grand Tsingy Bemahara (another world heritage site). The scenery and landscapes have been incredible. The walks have been challenging, not only because of the insane heat (it’s >95F), but the walks require scaling ladders, using ropes and harnesses on some of the steepest bits, squeezing through narrow canyons and caves, and trying not to cut your hands on the incredibly sharp limestone edges. The Tsingy are limestone outcrops that have been eroded over millions of years into unique formations of razor sharp serrated pinnacles, canyons and caves. The local guide we had for two days, Narcis, was great and taught us not only about the flora and fauna, but also educated us about Madagascar history and culture. We also had some good lemur sightings, adding a new species to our count (9 total now).
    Did we say it’s hot! This is the hottest weather we have had in Africa with temps reaching 38C (100F), which usually means starting activities early with a siesta during the hottest part of the day. We’ve also encountered the worst mosquitos since being in Africa. Christy has not resorted to wearing her mosquito suit yet, but we promise a picture of her wearing it at some stage in our time here.
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  • Day169

    Ambola

    October 22, 2017 in Madagascar

    We wanted to visit this remote park, Tsimanampesotsa, to see a unique species of baobab so we took a taxi about an hour up a sand road to another beach area, Ambola. This turned out to be one of the most beautiful beaches we’ve ever visited and we were the only guests so had it all to ourselves. The hotel was very basic without any running water (we used buckets for washing and to flush the toilet), but the food was very good and mostly straight out of the sea. After asking if there was good snorkeling, one of the hotel staff drove us a few kilometers up the deserted beach and dropped us off so we could float back with the current. It worked great and we were surprised to find more variety and quantity of tropical fish than expected, though they were all small. If this reef were protected, it would certainly become a world-class diving and snorkeling area.
    We spent one morning in the park doing some walks and admiring the very unique baobabs. There’s also a huge salt lake here that changes color as the sun changes position – very beautiful. During certain times of year there are huge flocks of flamingos, though there were only a few around during our visit.
    It was a very good visit and much nicer than the more popular Anakao beach area, but it was again stinking hot at ~100F (nearly 40C).
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  • Day170

    Anakao

    October 23, 2017 in Madagascar

    We had to spend another night here since the boat only goes out early in the morning. This time we had not just one, but two, mouse lemurs in our hut.
    It was interesting getting on and off the boat because the tide was very high and we were lucky all of our stuff didn’t get soaked – especially in the oxcart ride where the animals were up to their mid-belly in the water.
    After waiting around for ~4 hours, it was finally time to catch our flight to Tana. The small airport was odd in that when the plane eventually showed up late, it was announced with an emergency siren that you would expect to hear before bombs dropped or a tsunami hit. The plane was relatively new and large, but the pilots drove it erratically. When they parked after landing, they drove straight towards the terminal and then whipped it around for loading – it seemed very close to hitting the building and isn’t something we’d seen before with such a large jet. The takeoff and landing were also very rough, but we were very happy to be sitting in on air-conditioned plane and to eventually land safely in Tana.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Republic of Madagascar, Madagaskar, Madagascar, Madagaska, ማዳጋስካር, مدغشقر, Madaqaskar, Мадагаскар, Madagasikari, মাদাগাস্কার, མ་དཱ་གྷསྐཱར།, Madagaska nutome, Μαδαγασκάρη, Madagaskaro, ماداگاسکار, Madagaskaar, મેડાગાસ્કર, מדגסקר, मेडागास्कर, Madagaszkár, Մադագասկար, マダガスカル共和国, მადაგასკარი, Bukini, ម៉ាដាហ្កាស្ការ, ಮಡಗಾಸ್ಕರ್, 마다카스카르, मडगास्कर, Maddajaßka, Madagascaria, Madagasika, ມາຄາກັສກາ, Madagaskaras, Madagaskara, Repoblikan’i Madagasikara, മഡഗാസ്കര്‍, मादागास्कर, မဒဂတ်စကာ, मडागास्कर, ମାଡାଗାସ୍କର୍, مادغاسکر, Madagaskära, மடகாஸ்கர், మాడ్గాస్కార్, ประเทศมาดากัสการ์, Matakasika, ماداگاسكار, مڈغاسکر, Ma-đa-gát-xca (Madagascar), Orílẹ́ède Madasika, 马达加斯加, i-Madagascar

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