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Madagascar’s oldest church

Kirche auf St. Marie

On the east coast of Madagascar, on the island of Nosy Boraha (St. Marie), you will find the oldest Catholic church in the country. It is located directly at the sea on the southern edge of the largest city of the island, Ambodifotatra, and thus belongs to the Analanjirofo region. Nosy Boraha came under French domination as early as 1750. …

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The geysers nearby Ampefy

Geysir von Ampefy

There is an unusual place about 125 km west of Antananarivo near the small town of Ampefy: there you can see the only geysers of Madagascar. To get there you have to drive to Analavory, a town near Lake Itasy. From here you can reach Andranomandraotra, the place of the four geysers, over 12 km offroad track. However, the geysers …

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Chinese cemetery of Manakara

Chinesischer Friedhof Manakara

Some curiosities of Madagascar stay well hidden and are only found by accident. One of them is in the Vatovavy-Fitovinany region in southeast Madagascar. In a small fishing village called Ampasimandrorona, a few kilometres from the centre, there is a small, old cemetery directly on the Indian Ocean. Between poor huts and tropical remains of rainforest, it seems a bit …

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Ifaty-Mangily beaches

Ifaty-Mangily is a village about 30 km north of Toliara (Tuléar) in southwest Madagascar. Ifaty was originally a pure fishing village, but due to its favourable location directly in front of a coral reef and its proximity to Toliara, the first tourist infrastructure developed in the 1970s: the beginning of Mangily. Today, both terms are often used synonymously, although they …

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