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Travel Blogs from Antananarivo
... Air Madagascar at 16:55 instead of 16:10. A little delay but at least we will have a flight, we were all worried because our flight was not even on the departures board until 1:45 PM. Once at the airport, there were two drivers to greet us. The hotel sent a pick-up and our driver for the month. We told the hotel pickup that we never requested a shuttle service since we had our own driver. All was well after a ...
... of Nosy Be because it's cyclone season and this is probably where the cyclones will hit. We can't go to Morondava to the famous Avenue de Baobabs because the road is impassable due to heavy rain. So we are heading south-west on the main road, the RN7, visiting National Parks, travelling through saphire mine country and ending up with two days on the beautiful beaches of Ifaty.... sand, sea, snorkelling and beach bungalows. It's a good plan!
... and a ********** map in a guide book which pretty much simply pointed downhill, looking for the next stop in my day. I navigated through narrow little streets full of colourful buildings and churches, still keeping my views of the city, reminiscent of alleyways on the Amalfi coast of Italy. Odd you’d find that kind of peace and quiet beauty here. But there it was. I finally got hungry after getting dizzy from the side streets and stopped for food as much as for directions.
... cycling (spares, attitude, fitness - not so much). What we couldn't prepare for were the people. Our experience to date had been one of a genuine warmth and willingness to help (sometimes a bit too enthusiastically!) and tolerance (at our attempts at French). On the darker side we'd been told on no account to cycle at night - even the locals avoided driving at this time because of the vigilante road blockades that had been reported. Despite all ...
... time. The aircraft was an ATR prop plane, so the flight took over three hours. Once or twice we had to detour around storm clouds that rose beyond our altitude.
The woman next to me was a young Mauritian professional who works in Southern Madagascar. She told me she has 4 weeks on site and a week to spend home in Mauritius. “It’s a relief to go home” she said “there’s nothing to do down south!”
On landing in ...
- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet