First Impressions Madagascar

Antananarivo Travel Blog

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Generic Tana shot
Flying into antananarivo is something different, it's high up and hilly and there is rice fields everywhere, pockets of houses spread out against the earthy brown backdrop.   'Tana' itself is a hustle and bustle of a third world capital, a LOT of people everywhere: animals , people and refuse on the roads, heavy use of the horn for audio cues and driving in the middle of the road until the last second when people swerve away from oncoming traffic. It can get pretty hair-raising but it's nothing special for those people that have travelled in africa before. Having said that madagascar comes off as being somewhere in between asia and africa, if there was a land bridge between mozambique and indonesia , madagascar would be the country in the middle.
View from on high

Madagascar isnt the easiest place to backpack around especially if your french is pretty poor (like me), there's places where they don't even speak that, they only speak malagasy so my choice to go with a local tour operator for at least two of my three weeks there was the best option for me. The introductory smattering of french I knew only really helped with reading the menus.
The more veteran backpackers will have an easier time I'm sure, especially if you have longer to travel there than I do. The roads are extremely bad in some parts and cant even be called roads any more, the dirt paths on the side of the roads are much more easily traversed. madagascar take a while to cross so most people use domestic flights to at least return to the capital 'tana' after making there way out to the various locales.
montecarlostar says:
This country really thrills me, I want to visit some day.
Posted on: Sep 03, 2011
Stigen says:
I think Madagascar has a lot more to show for when it comes to biodiversity vikram !
Posted on: Jun 01, 2011
Torwart says:
Joy of recognition!
Posted on: Oct 30, 2009
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Generic Tana shot
Generic Tana shot
View from on high
View from on high
City Scape
City Scape
Church built up the top
Church built up the top
Rebuilding of the Rova
Rebuilding of the Rova
Zoo Peacock
Zoo Peacock
Tana Zoo
Tana Zoo
Chameleon disguising itself as tree
Chameleon disguising itself as tree
Chameleon
Chameleon
Unusual Native tree
Unusual Native tree
Look at that nice green water, Bil…
Look at that nice green water, Bi…
Me standing in front of ringtail l…
Me standing in front of ringtail …
Tropical Frog in a zoo enclosure
Tropical Frog in a zoo enclosure
Zoo Chameleon
Zoo Chameleon
Animal Farm at the Croc Farm
Animal Farm at the Croc Farm
Silhouette Stu
Silhouette Stu
Lazy Crocs
Lazy Crocs
No Im not going to jump in, the w…
No I'm not going to jump in, the …
Two crocs that just got the joke.
Two crocs that just got the joke.
Nothing to do but laze all day
Nothing to do but laze all day
Albino Croc
Albino Croc
Juvenile crocs
Juvenile crocs
Infestation omg!
Infestation omg!
Two sifaka playing around
Two sifaka playing around
Should I or shouldnt I Jump
Should I or shouldn't I Jump
Couple of chameleons waiting for d…
Couple of chameleons waiting for …
Lemur pondering the universe
Lemur pondering the universe
Shot of the streets from a hotel r…
Shot of the streets from a hotel …
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