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The graves of Nosy Mangabe

Grab auf Nosy Mangabe

If you visit the special reserve Nosy Mangabe in northeastern Madagascar, you will find some kind of graveyard halfway up to the highest point of the island. It is located in the west of the island, not far away from the campground and directly adjactent to one of the round trails. The graveyard belongs to the Betsimisaraka people who lives …

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Nosy Nato

Nosy Nato

Nosy Nato (in French Ile aux Nattes) is a small island of dreams south of St. Marie. In fifteen minutes, you can drive there via pirogue from St. Marie. The island is about 8 km long and has some smaller hotels and lots of white beaches under palms. Most time of the year and mainly outside whale season (August and …

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The lighthouse of Nosy Nato

Leuchtturm von Nosy Nato

Near the southern tip of the paradisiac island Nosy Nato at Madagascar’s east coast, there is small lighthouse. They island’s inhabitants call it “Phare Blévec”. It was built in 1914 under French colonial rule and thus belongs to Madagascar’s oldest lighthouses. The name probably derives from French Bertrand Hercule Blévec, who was commander of the neighbour island St. Marie (Nosy …

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Mitsinjo reserve

Mitsinjo: Mitsinjo means as much as “looking ahead” or “planning the future”. Location: The reserve is located close to the village Andasibe in eastern Madagascar, around 140 km away from the capital Antananarivo, in the region Alaotra-Mangoro. You drive approximately four hours on RN2, which is not in the best condition, and then change direction at a well signed junction. …

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V.O.I.M.M.A. reserve

V.O.I.M.M.A: The letter sequence is an abbreviation for Vondron’olona miaro mitia ala, in English „Local people love the forest“. Lage: Andasibe is located about 130 km away from the capital Antananarivo and one of the major attractions for travelers in Madagascar due to its national park Andasibe-Mantadia. By car you can reach the village in approximately four hours. V.O.I.M.M.A. is …

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Pirates’ cemetery St. Pierre

Legend tells that there was the famous pirates‘ republic of Libertalia at Madagascar’s eastcoast in 17th and 18th century, more precise at Nosy Boraha (St. Marie). Fallen over and skew, century old tombstones at the forlorn cemetery St. Pierre, near the biggest city oft he island, Ambodifotatra, bear witness at least to an adventurous time at the Malagasy island. Famous …

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Nosy Mangabe

Nosy Mangabe: The Malagasy words “manga be” means as much as “very beautiful” (which the island is, no doubt) as well as “very blue” or “a lot of mangos”. Location: Nosy Mangabe is the island of your dreams, laying few kilometres southeast of Maroantsetra in Antongil Bay. You can reach the island via motorboat from Maroantsetra in less than one …

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Fort Manda

The ruin of Fort Manda is located about three kilometers northeast of the coastal city Mahavelona (Foulpointe) and you can easily walk there. Directly from the town’s exit, it is only the half way. You should at least plan half a day for a visit. Fidel, the local guide and guard of the fort, is fond of leading you through …

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Akanin’ny nofy reserve

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Akanin’ny nofy: The name Akanin’ny Nofy means “the nest of dreams”, which describes this little paradise perfectly. The reserve is also famous for its second name, “Palmarium” or former “La Palmarie”. Location: Palmarium reserve or Akanin’ny nofy is located on a peninsula in Eastern Madagascar, approximately 90 km south of the big city Toamasina (Tamatave). From Toamasina you drive by …

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Masoala national park

Masoala: Masoala means “eyes of the forest”. The national park got this name due to the bizarre Aye-Aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis), whose eyes glow like two spooky, big, yellow balls at night in the light cone of a torch. Sadly, night walks are up to date forbidden in national parks, so only the name bears witness to this inhabitant. Location: Masoala …

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