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Arboretum Antsokay


Antsokay: The name means as much as “lime” and points to the typical loam and lime containing soil of the area. Around Arboretum, people make bricks from this kind of soil. Location: The Arboretum Antsokay is located in southwestern Madagascar in the region of Atsimo-Andrefana. It is only 12 kilometers away from one of the largest cities of the south, …

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The Tropic of Capricorn

If you drive the RN10 in Madagascar from Toliara (Tuléar) to Anakao, you will somewhen pass a white sign besides the red sandy slope. The same sign stays near Befasy, a little more east in the country – but there is even no slope to drive on with a vehicle. The sign shows the symbol of a capricorn with a …

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Pierrot Men and his photographic studio

Pierrot Men

Most people in Madagascar might already know Pierrot Men: For more than 40 years, he heas been the most popular photographer of the island. Especially his many black and white pictures from the lives of his countrymen stay in their memory and touch people all around the world. Pierrot was born in 1954 as Chan Hong Men Pierrot in Midongy …

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Reniala reserve

Reniala: The name means as much as “mother of the forest”, which is the nickname of the baobabs endemic to this area. Location: Deep down at the southwestern coast of Madagascar, about 30 km away from the big city Toliara (Tuléar), there is the small village Ifaty-Mangily directly at the sea. You can reach it since 2016 via a well …

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Zombitse-Vohibasia national park

Zombitse-Vohibasia: The compounded name of this national park derives from two of three areas belonging to the park. Zombitse means as much as „dense forest“ and thus names the dry forest of the national park. Vohibasia is the savannah in front of this forest and means „hill of pistols“, which is attributed to conflicts between the people of the South …

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Antemoro paper

Actually, the Antemoro people lives in Southeastern Madagascar, around Manakara and Farafangana. But in the southern highlands, in the middle of Ambalavao, there’s a small manufactory showing the process of producing the traditional paper of Antemoro. The paper itself is called Antaimoro and still today typically dipped by hand. Originally, the Antemoro descend from Arabians, who brought their knowledge of …

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Anja Community Reserve

Anja Community Reserve: The reserve is named after Anja Miray Association, its nickname is “Anja Park”. Due to its rocky character, the reserve is also known as “Rocky Park”. Location: About 13 km south of Ambalavo, you can find Anja Community Reserve in the region of Haute-Matsiatra. Via RN7, one can easily reach it by car, it is only half …

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Kräutermarkt in Ambalavao

Ambalavao is a city about 50 km away from Fianarantsoa at the edge of Madagascar’s southern highlands. It is located directly at RN7 and has about 35.000 inhabitants. The zebu cattle is an emblem of the city, which points at the biggest cattle market of the country. People from all regions of the country bring their zebus to Ambalavao to …

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Ranomafana National Park

Ranomafana: This place owes its name Ranomfana to its thermal springs, which constantly let warm water (which translated in Malgasy is rano mafana ) flow down the mountain into the valley. Location: Ranomfana national parks lays right between the regions Haute Matsiatra and Vatovavy-Fitovinany, about 420 km south-eastern of the capital Antananarivo. You need about one and a half days …

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Jungle express

Fianarantsoa is a city touching the RN 7, via which it is well reachable via car. From this city in Madagascar’s central highlands, the “jungle express” runs an old, about 163 km long railway section with its unique diesel locomotive from 1936. The waggons aren not any younger – here you will experience nostalgia and adventures at its best. The …

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