"Big South Roadtrips in Madagascar" Africa Things to Do Tip by Norali

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  Rocky mountains in Tana-Antsirabe (Norali)
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  • Rocky mountains in Tana-Antsirabe (Norali) - Africa
      Rocky mountains in Tana-Antsirabe (Norali)
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  • In Antsirabe, U may try Malagasy food at Ny Avo - Africa
      In Antsirabe, U may try Malagasy food at Ny Avo
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  • Thank God lemurs at the dry Isalo NP still do it ! - Africa
      Thank God lemurs at the dry Isalo NP still do it !
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  • The lush Ranomafana (NP) area - Africa
      The lush Ranomafana (NP) area
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  • Part of the "baobab alley", Morondava-Toliary road - Africa
      Part of the "baobab alley", Morondava-Toliary road
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To enjoy landscape diversity in Madagascar, rather have roadtrips.

In central highlands, mountains and plateaux, ricefields remind you of Asia and South-American Andes. Eastern rainforests, sometimes, adjoin with bush and desert areas, those of Southern dry parts. Of course, ATTENTION TO THE BEACH LIZZARDS, most of the roadtrips end up at the beach too. Just a matter of organization. Let's say that departing from Tana, your Big South roadtrips (Le Grand Sud) would lead to either/both Toliary (Tulear, South-West), Taolagnaro (Fort-Dauphin, South-East) and to other smaller Southern coastal towns: Manankara, Morondava for instance. Some of those use(d) to be trading spots (commodities' and, in the past, slaves' woth foreigners)

Hire a driver or if you are adventurous enough, book seats at Taxi-be or Taxi-brousse companies. Then enjoy road trips desert areas (see my "Big South Journey" Tlogs for that). A focus on Tana-Antsirabe portion is worth a glance too. 170 km from Tana & you'll be away from the hussle & bustle of the capital city already. Antsirabe is a relaxing place with a more European flair. OK, if you could try the Malagasy food at Ny Avo, tell me how it was. I've never tried it there but was told by local (friends) it was a good value for money.

- "Big South Journey I, II, III" Tlogs in my Madagascar page
- Tana-Antsirabe trip (Tlogues in my Faritanin' Antananarivo page) + Antsirabe city

Off course, if bonding with wild critters is your cup of tea, you won't be disappointed in our Southern NPs, to name a few: Isalo NP, Ranomafana..etc.. These & others are homes to lemurs (dayactive & nightactive alike). Some hotels can plan your excursions as well.

On the Morondava-Toliary liaison, you shouldn't miss l'allée de baobabs: a baobab-tree-lined passage.

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  • Updated Nov 20, 2006
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