Blogs from Antananarivo, Madagascar, Africa


Africa » Madagascar » Antananarivo January 6th 2020

After Baobab Avenue, we drove about an hour toward Morondava, a coastal town where we would stay the night. We made a stop at the local pharmacy in town - most of us had gotten sick at some point by the end of the trip. The town was bustling, and we turned on a beach front road where dozens of small hotels were located. We finally pulled into the Hotel Sun Beach and determined which rooms were which. I got the nice end room - and we had A/C!! For the first time all week! I almost did not want to leave my cool room, but I made my way to the hotel bar where I met up with Nolavy, ordered spaghetti Bolognese and a beer before heading off to bed. The next morning, I woke ... read more
Hotel Sun Beach
Morondava airport
Hotel Sun Beach breakfast

Africa » Madagascar » Antananarivo March 13th 2018

The Day in the Life of Malagasians Rural Malagasians are up before sunrise, no electricity and no running water but the daily chores begin. The women prepared rice and fruit for breakfast for her big family. Strong Malagasian coffee was always prepared using charcoal for the fires. The school children put their school uniforms on (dark blue for private schools light blue for public schools) and helped with the younger ones. They had to start walking early as there was no public transport and school started at 8.00am. The men were out amongst the rice, corn and other vegies, later to be joined by the ladies. The 13+ boys move the Zebu for fresh grass. They all took their long narrow sticks to control the cattle. Several 16-18 year old girls were tending to their babies ... read more
Big loads (2)
Mindoanacentre Markets  (8)
Zebu on the way to market

Africa » Madagascar » Antananarivo March 12th 2018

Monday 12 March – Back to Tana The airport of Antsiranana (Diego) was basic with simple facilities. After leaving our hotel at 6.30am we waited about an hour before boarding at 8.30am and arrived in Tana on time after the 1.75 hour flight with Air Madagascar. A different driver was waiting for us at the airport and drove us to Hotel Mellis, the 3rd time we had stayed there. It’s a great hotel and very central. We went to the markets to buy some avocado and fruit for a light lunch. It was fun bartering with stall holders who couldn’t speak English and we certainly couldn’t speak Malagasy or French. The market was packed as usual and one needed to watch for pick-pockets as they are rife in this city market place. We then decided to ... read more
Antananarivo - Tana Tsimbazaza Zoo and Botanical Gardens (12)
Feeding lemurs honey at Antananarivo - Tana Tsimbazaza Zoo and Botanical Gardens (2)
Sakamanga Restaurant and Museum and Hotel in Tana (3)

Africa » Madagascar » Antananarivo February 24th 2018

Saturday 24 February 2018 – to Madagascar We were on time leaving our lovely honeymoon suite to go to the Johannesburg International Airport after breakfast to fly to Antananarivo, known by the locals as Tana. After we had breakfast at the airport, and sorting out that we had been dropped at Terminal B Domestic instead of Terminal B international as we checked in at the domestic (with the insistence of an airport attendant that all bags, both internationally and domestically used the same counter), and then lining up for 15 minutes only to be told we were in the domestic security line and the international security was at the other end of the building, we boarded the plane on time. It was a very different setup. Two and a half hours later, we flew into the ... read more
Flying into Antananarive (4)
Tana - Hotel Mellis (1)
Lunch on flight to Antananarive (2)

Africa » Madagascar » Antananarivo February 7th 2018

Adam & I are climbing Mt Kilimanjaro from 30 January to 6 February, departing Brisbane at 10.30pm on 27 January 2018. Pam will fly to Johannesburg on 7 February to meet Tom to go on the Sth Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique Tour 7-24 February; Madagascar 17-Day Tour 24 February 2018. It will be great to be back in Africa.... read more

Africa » Madagascar » Antananarivo June 26th 2017

43 hours after leaving our apartment, we walked into Tana-Jacaranda Hotel. The good news, we made it. The bad news, our bikes didn't. Not quite sure where they are, but hopeful they'll be catching up with us soon. We had a lovely lay over in Dublin, took the bus into town, walked around a bit, and had a Guinness and some pub food before heading back to the airport. We landed on the day of the pride parade, so the city was draped in rainbow flags and the streets were full of colorful (literally) folks. We continued our journey via Addis Ababa, and eventually boarded our flight and took off for Antananarivo. Upon arrival, we endured the 2 hour process of getting our visa stamps and waiting to pass through the one and only customs clerk ... read more
Dublin cathedral
Temple bar
The first supper

Africa » Madagascar » Antananarivo February 7th 2016

Geo: -18.9154, 47.52... read more

Africa » Madagascar » Antananarivo December 18th 2015

Geo: -18.9154, 47.52The haunting calls of the largest of all the Lemurs, Indrie IndrieThe slo mo action of the Parson's Chamelon.... read more

Africa » Madagascar » Antananarivo November 10th 2015

Geo: -18.9154, 47.52Arrival on Kenya Airways late..very late night (2AM) at luxury Tana airport...Luckily on the plane I was sitting next to an important guy...he is the president of the red cross in Madagascar and offered me a luxury ride to my hotel through the early morning of the dangerous capital...Don't worry...Yes, it's tagged as being dangerous and I do believe it is during the night...This time around I have already decided prior to my arrival to make this trip an individual and adventurous ride...These two words are the usual tag of my entire life...I am in fact a risk-taker and love to be by myself, making a single decision not depend on others.I decided to buy a motorbike this time around and do a very interesting, daring ride through the extreme bandit ridden wild south ... read more
Another view of the chink bike
Nice view from the hotel over Tana
The steps going through the center of town

Africa » Madagascar » Antananarivo October 3rd 2015

Geo: -18.9154, 47.52We completed our packing and had arranged for help getting the bags down the stairs. Prettyt impressive watching guy put my large bag on shoulder and pick up one of the secondary bags with the other hand and run down four flights on stairs!Nice breakfast, said our goodbyes and we were off. This time spent more time taking pictures and looking at things as we headed back to Antananarivo. Stopped in Moramonga and changed some money so we could pay the driver when we got to Madagascar Underground.Uneventful trip but very colorful along the the way. Was Saturday and market day in most places we passed through so beautiful fruits, vegetables, cloths, and other wares displayed. It was also wash day and passed several places where the laundry was laid out to dry along ... read more
Madagascar Underground
Madagascar Underground
Madagascar Underground

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