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Travel Blogs from Toamasina (Tamatave)
... this year. The village has a few small shops, and at the end there are several women selling necklaces made out of seeds. We buy a few.
Back in Bushhouse we go for a swim in the lake (they assure us that there are no crocodiles in the big lake and we decide to believe them), which is very nice although the water is bathtub warm. At sunset we walk up to the lookout again. Great views over the lake but too cloudy to see the sunset.
Dinner at ...
... taxi who took us into town to check out options re flights/transfers. Tamatave is the second biggest town and Madagascar's main port. Its a curious meeting of 1st and 3rd world - huge petroleum storage tanks alongside the roads populated by bullock carts - but its struggling (still not a lot of tarmac!).
Visiting the Palmarium, http://www.bushhouse-madagascar.com/pal marium.html across the lake from Bush House, was an opportunity to see and photograph lots of different kinds of lemurs, orchids and other plants and animals. ...
Bush House is a lodge on the shores of Lake Ampitabe which can only be reached by boat, and it was my destination. The tourist season starts in April and by July there should be a steady stream of visitors. I knew that tourism was suffering in Madagascar but I didn't realise just how much until ...
... Canal . . The Pangalanes are a series of canals linking the lakes on the east coast for enabling access. They are the main road for locals between Brickaville and Tamatave.
The RN2 is a narrow twisting road but the main thoroughfare between the coastal port of Tamatave ...
- Swimming pool
- Fitness/Health center
- Free parking