Morondava to Andasibe

20th October 2015. Morondava, Antanarivo, Andasibe, Madagascar.

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Canoe and outrigger on the beach at Morondava, near out hotel room, early in the morning before our flight out.
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I meant to include a map as I started these final posts on Madagascar so I’ll do it now (and also update the Itinerary page).  The small inset map shows Madagascar overall, along with Reunion and Mauritius to the east.

On the larger map, I arrived early in Tana (Antananarivo) and took a day trip to Peyieras Nature reserve.  I met up with the group on returning to Tana and we flew to Morondava (on the west coast) to see Kirindy and the Avenue of the Baobabs.  In this post, we fly from Morondava to Tana via Toliara and then drive to Andasibe and Mantadia National Parks.  After a few days there, we return to Tana and fly to Port Dauphin (in the south) and drive to Berenty.  On the way out, we stay a day in Port Dauphin before returning to Tana where we all depart and I fly on towards the Falklands.

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There were many empty seats on the plane and I was able to relocate to a window seat.  The weather was fine and there was good visibility.  Some of the time we were flying along the coast with interesting views.

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I looked on Google Maps to see whether I was able to identify where any of these images are.  It’s not so easy.  For one thing, the sand probably changes from season to season or from storm to storm.

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We’re flying south from Morondava to Taliana, though.

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Taliana Airport.

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Returning from Taliana to Tana.

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Approaching Tana, now…

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In Tana now, heading for Andasibe.  There are quite a few Citroen Deux Cheveaux (2CV) taxis in the town (as at the right).  These were originally designed so you could take out all the seats and have a picnic.

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Views of residences as we drive through Tana.

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This is a small town on the way, though I’m not sure exactly where.

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A rural house at the side of the highway.

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Avenue of the Baobabs

19th October 2015. near Morondava, Madagascar.

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After settling in to our accommodation in Morondava, we headed off again towards the Avenue of the Baobabs.  There were a few images in Morondava from that journey in the previous post.  The following images are in and around the Avenue of the Baobabs as late afternoon turns into night.

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Zebu carts – Kirindy to Morondava

19th October 2015. Kirindy to Morondava, Madagascar.

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On the road back to Morondava we encountered many small carts pulled by zebu.

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The were many baobabs along the road.  Indeed, we pass again through the Avenue of the Baobabs and we return there later for sunset (next post).

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A bridge had been washed away during the rainy season and the road is diverted around the road works.

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An overloaded taxi-brousse (their normal condition it would appear), filled with people and their possessions.

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Zebu must have been brought to Madagascar by the original settlers from Indonesia.  They are a form of cattle descended from the Asian Aurochs.

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The species of zebu in Madagascar is said to be particularly pure, because in most other places they have interbred with local cattle.

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We have reached our hotel at the beach on the other side of Morondava.

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Nearby, here are some fishing dhows, sailing back into the entrance of an estuary.

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After lunch and some free time, we head back to the Avenue of the Baobabs for sunset.  In these last images we are passing through the town of Morondava.

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There are bicycle-powered tuk tuks…

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… and hand carts…

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Fosa!

(17th to) 18th October 2015. Kirindy, Madagascar.

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The first three images are at nighttime by torchlight.  They should really have been in the previous post for the previous day but I missed them because the time I had set on one of my cameras was out by seven hours.

You can see how this gecko could be fairly well camouflaged in the leaf litter.  It is Mocquard’s Madagascar Ground Gecko or Paroedura bastardi.  Why bastardi I have no idea.

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A large spider on the trunk of a tree, no doubt well camouflaged in many situations.

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Probably a Vanga.

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Back in the morning of the correct day, this is a red-fronted lemur.  This is how you grasp the trunk of a tree with your foot.

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We came to Kirindy, with its very primitive accommodation, for a chance of seeing a Fosa (formerly, fossa).  The fosa is Madagascar’s top carnivore.

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It is about 1.7 metres in length, including the long tail.  It mainly preys on lemurs, which comprise 50% of its diet.

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Originally thought a cat or a civet or a mongoose, DNA has established it has an ancient ancestry with no close relatives.  It has no problem climbing trees.  It is widespread but rare in all locations and is thus vulnerable, especially to habitat destruction.

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We walked around in the forest in the morning, hoping to see one, only to find it visiting the camp when we returned for lunch.  The camp attendants were feeding it.  Ah well, not truly a wild sighting but at least we did see one.

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A bright magenta dragonfly.

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Red-fronted brown lemur.

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Iguana – Opluris cuvieri.

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Lemurs and Giant Coua at Kirindy

15th October 2015. Kirindy, Madagascar.

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This is some of the wildlife we encountered in our first day wandering in the forests of Kirindy…

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Small forest bird.

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Madagascar Scops Owl.

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Hey, you!

Verreaux’s Sifaka (also following four images).

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Giant coua.

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Giant coua.

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Red-tailed sportive lemur.

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Red-tailed sportive lemur.

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Madagascan Collared Iguana.

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Crested Drongo.

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Probably Madagascar Zonosaur.

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Sakalava weavers.

Passing through the Avenue of the Baobabs

14th October 2015. Avenue of the Baobabs, near Morondava, Madagascar.

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From Morondava, we headed off in a minibus for our next wildlife destination of Kirindy.  On our way we were to head through the renowned Avenue of the Baobabs.  It was getting late so we weren’t going to stop.  But it was getting late and the light was great so I took what I could through the windscreen while we drove on….

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There’s something a little sad about the Avenue of the baobabs when you think about it.  Baobabs don’t just grow like that, they would originally have grown to the height of the forest canopy.  The forest was cleared for agriculture or felled for valuable woods such as rosewood and ebony, and most of the wildlife would have disappeared.  They left the baobabs because the wood inside is soft and pulpy and not good for building anything.  These giants will have been there for a long time but when they die they won’t be naturally replaced because there is no forest anymore to protect the young baobabs.

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There are quite a few tourists at the end near Morondava but as you go further it’s mainly just the locals walking along the road.

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This is still at the Morondava end.

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Avenue of the Baobabs, Landscape, Madagascar, Morondava, Photography, Street photography, Travel A local village with some ceramic baobabs for sale in front.

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Just the locals now.

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Madagascar is the home of the baobabs.  It has six of the nine species worldwide.  Of the other three, two are in Africa and one in Australia.  Obviously the genus originated when the three land masses were joined.

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This is a taxi-brousse, Madagascar’s cheap form of public transport.  It’s full to the gunwales with people inside.  Their possessions are strapped on to the roof.  A couple of people are hanging on on the outside.  How far it has come I have no idea.  Maybe a nearby town, maybe as far as Tana, many hours away.  The image is not quite in focus but is too intriguing to omit.

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Around the time of sunset, approaching a local village.

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