14.09.2009 - 03.10.2009
Well Mike has been obsessed with Madagascar for years and we finally made it here!
Our lasting impression: lemurs, more lemurs, challenges of speaking French, and endless hours of hassle and discomfort travelling by 'taxi-brousse', otherwise known as small overcrowded minibuses! Roads are a nightmare and travel distances are huge. We had fun though but it was a pain getting around.
Madagascar has been very different to East Africa, kind of more like a cross between Indonesia and Africa but with a French twist! Great food!
Main reason for coming here was to see lemurs and we have seen loads! Can't believe how many different ones there are, we have some great pics to upload which will try to do soon. Very cute, lots of different species varying from something like a possum to more like a big koala.
Spent the first week on a tour with a French couple, which proved interesting as our French isn't too good and their english was better than our french but not great (let's face it anyone's english would be better than mike's French!).
Travelled down the Tsiribinna river on a 3-day dugout canoe tour looking for lemurs, chameleons and generally just watching the world go by, camping by the river in the middle of nowhere at night.
We then got a lift back to the road in a zebu cart (cart with old wooden wheels drawn by big cows with horns).
Then a 4x4 trip into the Tsingy park which is a massive area of wierd rock formations where you scramble through caves, tunnels and up ladders.
Then we did 8hrs in a 4x4 down sand tracks eventually arriving at the apparently famous 'Avenue De Boababs' to see the boabab sunset along with loads of other tourists, took the obligatory photos of course.
Then we had to get back to the starting point.... a 16hr taxi-brousse journey back to Antananarivo.
Spent a day recovering in Antananarivo before heading to the east in search of more lemurs in the rainforest and the 'Indri', biggest of all lemurs which looks like a small panda and makes weird screams in the forest. Amazing sound.
Spent a few days kicking back in the forest to conclude this part of our trip. Saw more than just lemurs....
Now back in Nairobi, for the 5th time in 3 months, waiting on our connection out to Mexico via London.
Will upload pics when somewhere with faster Internet connection.