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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 ...
... 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!
... small village and, sprayed from head to toe in mozzie repellent, we set off on foot, intrepid travellers that we are, through the thick forest.
This is not an official 'reserve', but is a massive forest that is managed by the local community. Tourists seem to be at a minimum as it's not easy to reach it. We had to pay an entrance tax, which ultimately supports the village. It's in their interest to protect the animals there, ...
... perfume industry! Apparently Chanel buys directly from here - who knows whether that is true or not!
There was also a small 'park' in the plantation - we saw a few wild lemurs, as well as quite a few caged lemurs, which are not indigenous to Nosy Be island. It was effectively a zoo for the tourists, so a bit disappointing - the guy there told me that they do release them but that does not make sense if they are ...
... and the owner (Gerard - we have not met Francine yet) said "Bienvenue les voyageurs braves" - welcome brave travellers!!
Other initial impressions:
- we can hear the Indian ocean, it's about 20 metres away, in the dark
- 3 ply loo roll (even Madagascar still influenced by French obsession with their bums and what comes out of it!)