The worlds' 4th largest Island...Madagascar.

The worlds’ 4th largest Island…Madagascar.

The flight from Johannesburg was a pleasant 2hrs 50 minutes, and relatively turbulence-free.  I had two guests with me who travel extensively around the most exotic destinations on the planet, and we had traveled before to Botswana two years previously.

Peri-urban Tana is scenic and colorful. A veritable mix of squalor and middle class living.

Peri-urban Tana is scenic and colorful. A veritable mix of squalor and middle class living.

‘Tana had grown exponentially since the short time I had been away, and busy winding streets were filled with cars, pedestrian traffic and undisciplined drivers. There is a reason for the white line down the middle of the road….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our hotel for the first night was 14km from the airport, and located overlooking a shallow wetland filled with Red billed teal, herons assorted, moorhens and ibises all fringed with lovely purple and white flowers similar at first glance to cosmos. The reflections of a nearby modern complex look positively ‘English countryside’!

This distinctive granite feature is known as 'The gorilla'. Note the cluster of very traditional style houses.

This distinctive granite feature is known as ‘The gorilla’. Note the cluster of very traditional style houses.

We head off into the countryside today, east bound for Mantadia and the home forests of the largest (and smallest) lemur, the Indri. En route we will visit a reptile sanctuary. More later.

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