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Travel Blogs from Nosy Be
The speedboat arrived for us (after another delay) after breakfast, our bags were again carried out to sea by various helpers, and off we sped. An hour and a half’s speedboat ride found us at our yacht, a 9 man/5 berth luxury catamaran (‘Maki-Cat’), South African owned, newly refurbished in Cape Town, and brought up to Madagascar recently by Bert, the Captain, a South African who has lived here for 10 years (on Nosy Komba island). Now it felt like we could really ...
... fans went off at midnight, and then the mozzies appeared. The food was simple, but acceptable (more fish, prawns, zebu as the only options). With a bit of effort someone could make this a really lovely place to stay, but we were now convinced that when we travel anywhere again we need to upgrade a bit! Basic with simple luxuries is fine, but basic and damn uncomfortable/noisy/grim/unimaginative is definitely not acceptable!
... We saw lots of different plants that are used for medicinal purposes, wild growing coffee, saffron, vanilla, as well as a strange green spiky fruit called a jack fruit, and lots of paw paw and banana trees!
Then we headed back to the boat and we all had a go at rowing - Steve, our guide and the boat owner did it all the way, but it was very hot!
We had lunch and came back to the hotel to chill for a few hours, before ...
After a decent sleep, we looked out to see the blue of the ocean at the end of the garden. We had breakfast at tables just above the sand, overlooking the ocean - it's a funny little place, quiet, quaint, not much happening. The breakfast was typically French - very good coffee, some fruit, crepes, bread roll and jam. Simple but not very filling.
The lady at reception took all the details of my missing bag and promised ...
But my luggage didn't!
So we travelled from Cape Town last night, then from Joburg to Antananarivo this morning, all without incident or significant delay.
We had a few hours to kill in Antananarivo airport, not the most exciting of places – and the flight was delayed for another 45 minutes, but nothing like what the kids experienced last week! LOTS of security checks and x rays, passport officials on over-drive (3 ...
- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool