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Frequently asked questions about national parks

Can I visit a national park alone on my own? It is forbidden to visit a national park without local forest guide in Madagascar – the only exception is Lokobe national park on Nosy Be. These guides passed a two years lasting education and are licensed by MNP (Madagascar national parks). People seized without a guide inside a national park …

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The real treasures of Madagascar

Astrochelys yniphora

An arched, golden shell, relatively long legs and alert, black, shining eyes: That is how the most precious tortoise on Earth looks like. It comes from Madagascar and is named ploughshare tortoise (Astrochelys yniphora) due to the large bony appendage on its breast shell. It serves males to turn over contrahents or females during mating season. And this is quite …

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Where to get the ingredients?

Since the average supermarket in Europe rarely has banana leaves or manioc tubers, we have made a list with links where to buy all these ingredients. If you have an Asia store nearby, you will surely find most of the ingredients there. Banana leaves You can order single banana leaves here, here or here cooled. Other stores offer them even …

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The last Michelines

Micheline

Madagascar is home to the last running Michelines worlwide. Indeed there exist other Michelines for example in France, but those are safely kept in museums. In contrast, two of these rail buses still chauffeur travelers around Madagascar – although it is restricted to few times a year nowadays. André Michelin, who gave the name to his invention, developed the light …

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The fruit gourmets: Black-and-white Ruffed Lemurs

Varecia variegata

Many people know them from zoos and animal parks: Black-and-white ruffed lemurs (Varecia variegata). Besides Red Ruffed Lemurs and the Indri, they belong to the largest lemurs with a head-torso length of 40 to 60 cm, an additional 60 cm added for the tail. Weights of 3 to 4 kg are the average. Black-and-white ruffed lemurs exclusively live in the …

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Small but a kingfisher

Corythornis madagascariensis

Kingfishers inhabit many parts of the world. But Madagascar has, additional to the usual kingfisher with its blue blaze of colour, another extraordinary variant: The Madagascar pygmy-kingfisher (Corythornis madagascariensis). It bears its name rightly: The pygmy-kingfisher is only 13 cm in size and weighs only 20 grams. A real lightweight! This species also differs from its “big brother” in color: …

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The sky blue reed frog

Heterixalus madagascariensis

An especially pretty frog is the blue reed frog (Heterixalus madagascariensis) or Madagascar reed frog: There are yellow and sky blue variations, with yellow or orange arms, legs, hands and feet. In the sun, they often become almost white. Literature mentioned the sky blue frog for the first time in 1841: The French zoologist André Duméril and his assistant, Gabriel …

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The life of elephant birds

Before the arrival of humans, Madagascar was home to animal giants that went extinct by and by with the existence of humans on the island: A giant lemur has lived in Madagascar, besides him a gigantic eagle, an oversized Fossa and of course, one of the largest birds that have ever existed on Earth. Actually, there was not only one …

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Zebu sandwich

Zebu Sandwich (4)

This recipe comes from one of Madagascar’s most famous hotels in the eastern highlands and is wonderful for picnics, a quick dinner or even for breakfast. Ingredients for 2 large sandwiches: 500 g beef hip (zebu if you can get it) 1 medium onion 2 tomateos iceberg lettuce some oil 5 tablespoons dark soy sauce 1 tablespoon cane sugar 30 …

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Godrogodro

Godrogodro (2)

Godrogodro is a kind of spice cake. It is not really easy to make because you have to make carmel first and mix it with coconut milk, but the result is rewarding. Originally, this recipe may come from the Comores. But also Malagasy people claim Godrogodro as traditional and country-specific sweet. Usually, this spice cake is eaten cooled. Ingredients: 400 …

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