Madagascar Updates: Chapter 13

Madagascar, 11th edition

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  1. Daniel Austin said,

    1 February 2015 at 1:23 pm

    From 4th to 12th July 2015, Ile Sainte Marie off the east coast of Madagascar will host the ‘Festival des Baleines’ (Whale Festival). The celebrations and activities are jointly organised by the local tourist office and CETAMADA, a Malagasy association for the study and protection of cetaceans around the island’s coastline.
    The festival, which marks the start of the 2015 humpback whale season in the area, will include village parades, school events, exhibitions, handicraft events, traditional games, music and dance.
    Read more (in French) on the regional tourist office website:

  2. Daniel Austin said,

    4 December 2014 at 12:26 am

    Cap Sainte-Marie operates ferry crossings from the mainland to Ile Sainte Marie, despite its very misleading name (Cap Sainte Marie is the southern tip of Madagascar, more than 1,000km from Ile Sainte Marie). The ticket includes transport by air-conditioned bus from Toamasina to Soanierana-Ivongo and the ferry from there across to Ambodifotatra. Contact: tel 53 351 48 (Toamasina) or 57 404 06/400 36 (Ile Sainte Marie); mob 032 05 218 08 (Toamasina) or 032 05 118 08 (Ile Sainte Marie); email; web

  3. Daniel Austin said,

    30 June 2014 at 2:03 am

    On a small private inlet near to the village of Anivorano in northwest Ile Sainte Marie is the new hotel Samaria Cosy Lodge. There are five bungalows for now, built from local materials, each with a sea view, private bathroom and large beds. Prices range from 80,000Ar to 110,000Ar per bungalow. Activities include whale-watching; trips by bicycle, quad, 4×4, pirogue, or motorboat; hiking; diving; and massage.
    Contact: tel 034 20 515 15 or 032 05 515 15; web

  4. Connie said,

    25 July 2013 at 3:56 am

    My son, living in Madagascar, booked a bungalow for us at Libertalia. What a beautiful place! The manager, Sophie, proudly showed us the just renovated #1 where we stayed. She encouraged us to order our evening meals before we explored for the day. They were served, (deliciously!) soon after we were seated in the open air restaurant right on the Indian Ocean.

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