Madagascar: What we saw
Busy streets of Sambava in the north

Madagascar: What we saw

Madagascar is a country of strong contrasts, all of which we were privileged to observe during our six weeks stay in most of Madagascar’s varied regions. It has a diverse, beautiful landscape over a territory…

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Tiny Treasures at Isalo
Multi-hued caterpillar, a few centimeters long

Tiny Treasures at Isalo

"To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palms of your hand and eternity in an hour." - William Blake Visitors come to Isalo…

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The Indelicate Art of Paper Making
Drying note cards

The Indelicate Art of Paper Making

Hundreds of years ago the Antemoro people of southern Madagascar - Arabic in origin - began to make a form of papyrus paper decorated with real flowers. The art was revived by the French in…

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Tsingys and furrows of outrageous limestone
Sharp surface of Ankarana tsingy

Tsingys and furrows of outrageous limestone

We've frequently seen the shape-shifting nature of both limestone and lava rock, the one deposited by the sea and compressed into stone, the other spewed from deep undergound and cooled into rock. What is now…

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Rough riding
Rutted RNN 5a

Rough riding

We've been on some very rough roads by car, but the one we took in the north of Madagascar was as bad as they get. India's Himalayan routes are frequently blocked with avalanches, or at…

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Make that two scoops of vanilla
Curing vanilla pods by sunlight

Make that two scoops of vanilla

We were walking the trail past village rice paddies, gleaming with soon to be harvested grains in the valley below Marojejy National Park. From the outlying fields, two men carried large potato sacks back to…

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Marojejy and its spirits
White, or silky lemur, at his work

Marojejy and its spirits

Marojejy is one of the most impressive national parks in Madagascar, with 55,000 hectares of primary rainforest, green mountains, spectacular views and twisting trails mounting over roots and rocks. It is one of six parks…

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Toasting the royals at Ambohimanga
Imposing entrance to Ambohimanga rova

Toasting the royals at Ambohimanga

On the highest of several thickly forested hills, the first ruler of the whole of Madagascar established his capital in 1793, after he unified the various island realms of the Malagasy people into a kingdom.…

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Ascending: Up on the hills of Tana
Blvd de la Independance

Ascending: Up on the hills of Tana

The capital of Madagascar, Antananarivo (or Tana, as it is locally known), occupies 12 sacred hills, even more than Rome. The hills are linked to the surrounding plains about 200 meters below and to each…

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