The Jungles of Ranomafana
Trip Start Aug 19, 2006
25Trip End Nov 20, 2006
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Humidity: 72.3 %
Pressure: 93.8 kPa
Altitude: 706 m
Second stop: Ranomafana which means Rano=eau Mafana=chaude or hot water!
We stopped in Ambositra. By the way, in Malagasy o=ou; tr=tch; and the a at the end is silent. We toured a shop specialized in working rare and valuable woods present in Madagascar. Didi explained how they make the traditional Malagasy bricks used in all constructions. It turns from a pale yellow / grey to a bright red / orange, much like the surrounding earth, after being "cooked". They use the mud from the rice fields to create the bricks. By the way, there is no electricity, so all heating and cooking is done with wood or charcoals produced from said wood.
Followed the change of scenery and the Namorona river to Ranomafana which is the closest thing to a tropical rainforest I have ever been. There is just something magical about going into such a place with some Metallica blasting in the car (Did I mention that Didi likes music...!).
My hotel is situated in the middle of the jungle with a flowing river within earshot, AMAZING! Did I mention that the stars are not the same in the Southern hemisphere... first time I notice, really weird not recognizing any constellations (i.e. no Big Dipper!)
All this effort to see lemurs deep in their jungle habitat was worth it. In total, I saw 7 out of the 12 species in this park, COOL!
Look at the selected pictures to see a little bit of what I experienced firsthand!
Veloma! (Vel"oo"ma = Goodbye!)