The Great Southern Route : 2010 - 2011
GSR | 063 in the early 21st century and never came back as a tourist spot. Very little about this town is mentioned except its locals are friendly and the fishing village always has fresh product. It may be worth a trip for the unique experience of visiting such an isolated town. MORONDOVA Cyclone Galifo battered Morondova in 2004. Damage was widespead but the town has since picked up the pieces. This friendly coastal town with clear water is the gateway to the southern region. Home to the famous deciduous forest, Belu su Mer and the Tsingy Bemaraha National Park. There are charter flights from here that can take you to Grande Tsingy where the pilot will then take you over the best areas with their breathtaking views. The area's name literally translates to "where one must not dive" - crocodiles live here...BEWARE. BAREN ISLANDS As the name states these islands are very much that - barren. The diving and clear water in this area is reputed to be wonderful, so it's a good stop for water sports and activities. MAHAJANGA A large, hot but breezy town, with a large Indian population. There is an impressive fort 20-km south of Mahajanga. The historic fort was built by King Radama in 1824. The town of Katsepy across the bay from Mahajanga is worth a visit for one particular reason. Madame Chabaud herself commutes from France to Madagascar and has passed on her culinary skills to her daughter Christine. The restaurant Chez Chabaud is well worth a visit. NORTH The islands north and south of Nosy Be are well frequented by tourists and the locals have therefore tried to cash in, blame them or not. The diving in this area and number of good anchorages make it a safe haven for a yacht. The best restaurants on the west coast are in the south of Nosy Be. Madagascar has had a lot of culinary influences, and this is reflected in the cuisine. Various cultures, including African, Arab, European and Indonesian peoples, have all contributed to the creation of unique and interesting cuisine. Seafood, as well as fruit and spices from the various plantations on Nosy Bé, are all reflected in the local dishes. Dried fish, white, green and black peppers and fruits such as mango, tamarind and lemon are all featured in some of the local gastronomic specialities! DEPART After a morning swim or dive at Nosy Be, the guests depart from the airport. CAPTAINS NOTE: The itinerary mentioned means a lot of travelling over a seven day period. It should be born in mind that non-favourable weather could hamper arrival times. However, it's worth the experience as the areas in the mid west of Madagascar are largely unexplored and that wild coast and those primitive towns offer adventure to all. The islands surrounding Nosy Be are a lot more charter yacht friendly and it may be an idea to start your adventure onboard from Mahajamba on the northwest coast. This option would give guests a lot more time to do water sports and less travel time. It depends if they wish to explore a smaller area well, or a large area briefly. MADAGASCAR POINTS OF INTEREST TOLIARA Most spectacular TOMBS of this area are those of the MASIKORO, a sub division of the Sakalava. Motor Bikes and quad bikes can be arranged from here. It could be an idea to do an overland to the north through Ifaty and Morombe. The ONILAHY RIVER runs east from TOLIARA and could be explored to the 7 Lakes area. Word has it that the river is wide and deep in most parts. IFANATO "7" lakes can be explored from here. This region also has two large caves of around 80-m diameter and the descent can go almost 90-m. IMPORTAN T -- permission from the village chief must be gained prior to exploring the area. MOROMBE: Apparently this town was deserted by the French hours) and this could be broken with another overnight passage. Depart at sunset for Nosy Lava -- 180 miles (18 hours). DAY 6 Arrive Nosy Iranja (Turtle Island). Enjoy the crystal clear water with its adjoining sand spit, which is a popular mating and resting area for large sea turtles. DAY 7 Early departure to arrive in Nosy Be by sunrise - 40 miles -- (4 hours). Spend the day diving one of many excellent sites. There are good , simple restaurants available on the southwest area of the island.
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