Hotel Espadon Nosy Be
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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 ...
... Africa, not Europe, to which he said, ‘mais ‘l’Afrique du Sud c’est comme l’Europe, Madagascar c’est l’Afrique point’ – basically ‘this is real Africa here’!
After a long and torturous 5 hour drive from grotty Diego Suarez, which of course did not go to plan, we arrived at Ankify in time for lunch at our hotel, ‘l’hotel Baobab’, ...
... own way. Proper support would help no doubt, but there is a sense of when the government intervenes 'all the animals disappear' (to the chinese our guide said).
There is lots of corruption here, lots of inefficiencies, but lots of people trying to make a living out of tourism - both good and bad tourism (we've spotted lots of 60+ year old italian and french men with local Malagasy female 'companions', which is actively ...
... of ylang ylang, and the air is fragrant with its particular smell. The trees grow very tall, but for ease of picking the flowers they are pruned to grow no higher than 2 metres, so everywhere we saw lots of trees that looked as if a storm had broken them down. We saw the copper vats that the perfume is distilled in - apparently the recipe is 500kg of flowers + 300 litres of water, just to make 12 litres of ylang ylang oil ...
... has one, including Ella!!).
We had an hour's hair raising drive, in the dark, to the small town where we are staying. There are few street lights, but people were walking the roads as the cars tear along them. We were immediately impressed by the lovely smell of ylang ylang and the intense sparkle of the stars against the very black night, with just a tiny sliver of moon to light everything!
We arrived at our hotel, 'Gerard ...