Madagascar, 10th: The Bradt Travel Guide
The naturalist’s ‘promised land’ Madagascar attracts visitors with its stunning scenery and endemic wildlife, from lemurs and aye-ayes to mantella frogs and sunbirds. From the Nosy Be archipelago to the enchanting coastal town of Fort Dauphin via the capital Antananarivo and the bizarre limestone plateau at Ankarana, Bradt’s Madagascar covers all the national parks and protected areas, with itineraries to suit all interests and budgets. Author Hilary Bradt has guided mesmerised visitors on more than 30 trips to Madagascar and her personal anecdotes and unparalleled knowledge, combined with input from around 50 experts, makes this the most informative and indispensable guide on the market. More than 100 new hotels and restaurants are reviewed and there is a new section on travelling with children, a growing travel trend.
waterfall and the imposing, fern-fringed black cliffs which almost hide the sky. The campsite here is regularly visited by ring-tails, brown lemurs and hoopoes. Canyon des Makis This is 18km by track from Ranohira (4x4 only) or 9km on foot. At the canyon a path goes over rocks and along the edge of the tumbling river; there are pools into which you can fling yourself at intervals and, at the top, a small waterfall under which to have a shower. The sheer rocks hung with luxuriant ferns broaden
Paradise (4 rooms) 57 900 20; m 032 02 369 36; e email@example.com; www.absolute-paradise.com. A simple chambre d’hôte. €€€ Source (4 rooms) 57 912 02. Good value basic rooms with shared facilities. €€ Chez Antoine (3 bungalows) 57 906 22. Malagasy-owned trpl bungalows with shared facilities (cold water) in inland location. Ideal for those planning to explore the north as more than a day trip. €€ HOTELS ON THE EAST COAST Boraha Village (9 bungalows) 57 400 71/912 18; e
about make it in good weather. Take the road that runs west across the salt pans to Antsahampano, then turn north for 12km before making a left turn and heading a further 5km. COURRIER’S BAY Courrier’s Bay, half an hour beyond Windsor Castle, is an exceptionally fine beach. This west-coast area of rugged beauty is the starting point for a number of hiking, fishing, climbing and diving activities, as well as visits to Nosy Hara. NOSY HARA Nosy Hara, together with its surrounding islets, is a new
passages. Dan Carlsson excavated them in 1996: ‘It seems as though the caves have been used for normal living but also as a place of sacrifice. We found pottery with ash, charcoal and animal bones; also several hippopotamus bones believed to be some million years old.’ To reach the caves turn left at Antanamarina and continue for 5km. It takes about four hours from Mahajanga. Don’t forget to take a torch. John and Valerie Middleton add: ‘Two thirds of the way to the caves the river Mariarano is
the coast. These statistics are misleading, however, since in June the night-time temperature can drop to near freezing in the highlands and it is cool in the south. The winter daytime temperatures are very pleasant, and the hot summer season is usually tempered by cool breezes on the coast. Madagascar frequently suffers from cyclones, especially during February and March, and primarily down the east coast (see the box below). The map and chart in this section give easy reference to the driest