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Travel Blogs from Ile Sainte-Marie (Nosy Boraha)
... the lodge. The primary forest here was mostly cut down by the French during colonial times. We see some old huge tree stumps. The secondary forest is very dense, but there are none of the old large trees in this part of the forest.
Most of the peninsula is now protected National Park (except for a few enclaves for the villages and lodges). So there is no farming or logging in the forest allowed. However one of the biggest continuing threats to the ...
After few days of relax and visits of Antananarivo and the surroundings, we headed to the north-east to reach Marontsetra and then to Nosy Mangabe island.
We left Tana quite early - on board an ATR with about 50 passengers. We first had a stop over Toamasina. It took about 2h to reach Maroantsetra. Then we had a short transfer by car and took the boat to Nosy Mangabe.
Here, right in the rainforest. Wow.
... who I wish could be here also.
Also I'm worrying about our coming endevours. Mostly Tanzania, because we don't have a travel guide to that country. Not that it's a huge deal, but when you arrive to a dark, strange town in the middle of the night and touts surround you, offering to carry your bag and pulling on you to follow them, it's good to have a small list of hotels/guesthouses and a map to give you an idea where the hell you should be heading... Don't ...
... t hassled at all. Nobody asked to be our guide or to offer us a taxi somewhere. Mari started feeling awkward because she drew alot of attention with her sleeve tattoo but they were mainly just harmless stares. We fixed ourselves a ride to the taxi brousse station for the morning and by the time it began to get dark we retreated back to the guesthouse balcony, occasionally hitting up the night market for some snacks. I hope we have enough ...
... isle and its owners have long promoted the protection of hump back whales in Madagascar and the Comoros Islands, so it is the place to be if you want to watch whales.
There is an Ecovolunteer group (www.cetamada.org) based there with volunteers who accompany the visitors on whale watching boat trips every day.They know the best places to see them and they ...
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- Pets allowed