Vanila Hotel & Spa
Travel Blogs from Nosy Be
... tourists and will take fruit, and even sit on you (J and E had them on their shoulders); we also walked around the small island, chilled on the white beach, and gathered shells before heading back to the boat for lunch
... 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’, ...
... occurrence for them!
Bag safely installed in the car, we then drove around the island to a quiet beach where we boarded a 'pirogue' to take us to a reserve where we'd see lemurs. The boat was hand made, wooden, with hand carved wooden oars, and our guide and the boat owner and Steve rowed us around the mangrove forest. They all got up quite a sweat and there were soon good muscles on show! That boat ride was about 45 minutes ...
Amazing to see lots and lots of Renault 4 cars everywhere - Steve's first car was an old broken down Renault 4 that cost fifty pounds (sterling)! We drove it all over, including through France, but it eventually gave us so much trouble, in the cold of England - the cars here just go on and on, despite the humidity!
We got back and just lazed and walked on the beach for a while. Then went out into the ...
... 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!)