Madagascar. – Thank you all for the interest and warm commentary on my Madagascan posts. There were many, as it took me a while to go through my photos and memories in the hope of doing this wonderful country justice. As I shared all that I had lived and seen during my short visit, I wished for you to love it, and long for it, as I now do. In summary:
The capital Antananarivo and the way it shimmers in the evening sun, its vibrant markets and the intensity of African city living. The Andasibe region which I’ve renamed a Naturalist’s Promised Land. Such beauty, creature loving, lemur treats and hiking amongst trees so tall they touch the sky.
The Palmarium Reserve. Boats trips and car rides. Towns I passed along the way. Beautiful people, children I was lucky enough to spend hours with. Pure waters, pristine beaches. Festival experiences, sadness, tradition, evolved understanding. Hope!
The most wonderful company assisted with my travel arrangements, specifically Benjamin of Madagacar Tour and my driver/guide for the week, Tina. In the pic above I am saying goodbye to Tina at the airport. I miss him and his country and western singing a he drove me around, answering my MANY questions in his mix of French and English. Good people.
I used the Bradt Guide to Madagascar it is detailed, informative, very much a travel companion. I highly recommend it.
One more thing and most importantly, we all need money whilst traveling and specifically in Madagascar where there are very few ATM’s to be seen once you’ve left the airport and Antananarivo. I recommend that you carry a reasonable amount of cash. Either Dollar or Euro, although in more far lying regions they will only want ariary.
My advise is that you change your Rand before you go with Travelex SA. It’s what I did. Of course if you’re traveling from somewhere other than South Africa, have a look at Travelex.com. They will help you from wherever you are based.
I got caught out at the airport when I didn’t have any cash left to pay the Airport Departure Tax. Keep Dollars or Euro aside for this. It applies to internal flights too.
I do hope that in some way I have inspired you to include Madagascar on your travel wish list, that you do get to visit and that you see it with the same inspired joy that I did. Personally, I am longing to return!