"Heading East of Madagascar" Africa Things to Do Tip by Norali

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by Norali

Previous tip was about Central Highlands to the South. Now, it is about Tana-Eastern coast journey.

Landscape starts with ricefields in plains in Imerina region, eucalyptus forest then from Ambatoloana (59 km from Tana), it will swift into forests. The latter are home of thousands of medicinal plants, orchids, trees, fern, lemurs. Next village is Mantasoa, worth a visit with its lake, industrial area.

Gradually, you will descend to reach coastal area. Up to now, you were in the highlands. But soon, you have to descend Falaise de l'Angavo, (Angavo cliff), in Mandraka. From an average altitude of 1400m, you will reach an intermediary altitude of 900m. Combined actions of heat and humidity keep forests thick. While descending, you will see Mandraka hydraulic barrage.
Next city: Moramanga ("where mangoes are cheap"). Halt for lunch (if you left Tana at 9-10 am) after scenic 115 km drive. See my Faritanin'i Toamasina page.
Next: Andasibe Rainforest Reserve, home to the tallest of lemurs, Indri. Birds, other lemurs and chameleons have their VRPs there as well. From there, landscape is packed with green tiny hills, tropical trees (incl. Ravinala, palmtrees, bananatrees..)

Then, as I get close to Toamasina, I use to become get excited thinking that I am skirting the coast (though can't see it). Still, I really believe that air is already different. More iodic ? I don't know but stopping along the road, you can smell something other than eucalptus: cloves ? probably.

"Heading East" Tlogue in my Faritanin' i Toamasina page AND visit my Toamasina page and Andasibe nature reserve(s) & national park as well.


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  • Updated May 28, 2004
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