Port Dauphin to Berenty

24th October 2015. Port Dauphin to Berenty, Madagascar.

.

Berenty, Landscape, Madagascar, Photography, Port Dauphin, Street photography, Travel

We are driving from Port Dauphin to Berenty.  A taxi brousse in front of us has stopped and some women are offering cooked refreshments to the passengers.

.

Berenty, Landscape, Madagascar, Photography, Port Dauphin, Street photography, Trave

We approach a bridge, in unusually good condition.

.

Berenty, Landscape, Madagascar, Photography, Port Dauphin, Street photography, Trave

Under the bridge is a local in a dugout canoe with a load of sand.

.

Berenty, Landscape, Madagascar, Photography, Port Dauphin, Street photography, Trave

Graves in Madagascar can be elaborate because the ancestors are revered.  They are usually fady or taboo. I don’t know about this one but it could be dangerous to wander into a graveyard near a remote village in the south and take pictures.

These are perhaps less traditional than some I have read about.  Traditionally in the south they made a little house for the dead person that was often made of stone and far more substantial than the houses people lived in.  The dead person’s house was then burnt.

.

Berenty, Landscape, Madagascar, Photography, Port Dauphin, Street photography, Trave

Across fields to the mountains.  The further inland you go here, the less hospitable the land is for agriculture.

.

Berenty, Landscape, Madagascar, Photography, Port Dauphin, Street photography, Trave

A father and son, it would appear, walking down the road with their zebu.

.

Berenty, Landscape, Madagascar, Photography, Port Dauphin, Street photography, Trave

Three youngsters beside the road.

.

Berenty, Landscape, Madagascar, Photography, Port Dauphin, Street photography, Trave

A taxi-brousse in front of us, perhaps overloaded with people and cargo, has a distinct list to the right.

.

Berenty, Landscape, Madagascar, Photography, Port Dauphin, Street photography, Trave

Here it has stopped just before a town to let passengers on or off.

.

Berenty, Landscape, Madagascar, Photography, Port Dauphin, Street photography, Trave

Four men walking beside the road on the outskirts of the small town, two chewing sugarcane.

.

Berenty, Landscape, Madagascar, Photography, Port Dauphin, Street photography, Trave

We had stopped for a flat tyre and taxi-brousse, which we had passed around half an hour ago in the town, now passes us.

.

Berenty, Landscape, Madagascar, Photography, Port Dauphin, Street photography, Trave

The spare was either deflated or bald so we couldn’t use it to replace the flat tyre.  There were double wheels on the back so we pulled off one of those, put that on the front and put the spare on the inside at the back.  this took some time.

.

Berenty, Landscape, Madagascar, Photography, Port Dauphin, Street photography, Trave

While this was happening, some of the charming local women and girls walked past us carrying loads on their heads.

.

Berenty, Landscape, Madagascar, Photography, Port Dauphin, Street photography, Trave .

.

Berenty, Landscape, Madagascar, Photography, Port Dauphin, Street photography, Trave

Nearby there was a small roadside hut, perhaps for selling produce but currently empty.  You can see it in the background at the right of the picture three images back.  A snake fell from the roof in the process of swallowing a gecko.  While we were there it slowly and completely consumed the gecko.

.

Berenty, Landscape, Madagascar, Photography, Port Dauphin, Street photography, Trave

A glimpse of a village surrounded by cacti, probably a traditional method of fortification.

.

Berenty, Landscape, Madagascar, Photography, Port Dauphin, Street photography, Trave

A bridge in less than perfect shape, with a local helpfully pointing where we should drive.

.

Berenty, Landscape, Madagascar, Photography, Port Dauphin, Street photography, Travet

This is a very poor, dry region.

.

Berenty, Landscape, Madagascar, Photography, Port Dauphin, Street photography, Trave

The road had once been sealed but the seal now was intermittent.  This made it much worse than just a dirt road.  Perhaps in a Range Rover with their excellent suspension you could zoom over it but in our bus it was very slow going.

.

Berenty, Landscape, Madagascar, Photography, Port Dauphin, Street photography, Trave

Two small boys in front of a village.

.

Berenty, Landscape, Madagascar, Photography, Port Dauphin, Street photography, Trave

Locals and zebu.

.

Berenty, Landscape, Madagascar, Photography, Port Dauphin, Street photography, Trave

Big loads of firewood, I presume.

.

Berenty, Landscape, Madagascar, Photography, Port Dauphin, Street photography, Trave

Taken from a bridge over a rare river near a town.  Many people are here to bathe, water zebu or wash clothes.

.

3 comments on “Port Dauphin to Berenty

  1. Robert D. Hayes, D.O. says:

    I especially enjoyed the commentary on this one. Wonderful experience youre having.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s