A Travellerspoint blog

November 2007

2013 - OCEANIA - MADAGASCAR

LEAVING MOZAMBIQUE FOR THE ISLAND OF MADAGASCAR & ISLE OF LEMURS - DON'T GET YOUR HOPES UP TOO HIGH


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We then leave the booming Mozambique, cross over the Mozambique Channel to Madagascar island

or more exactly, Nosey Bey island. Where I get on a little boat to go to yet another island - Isle of Lemurs.
One guy quite seriously said "this is where those little animals commit suicide". Didn't have the heart to disillusion him.

I had my own little boat waiting for me...

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but I would like to have gone on this one instead...

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Got ashore & started walking up into the hills, passing a lady putting out her laundry...on the roof!

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and some houses

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& we did actually see a Lemur, or three. It's hard to tell.

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People who took other trips got to see far more without even leaving Nosy Bey.

Sandy would have preferred that cos she hated this trip with a passion. She was really steamed. Her bench on the little boat collapsed & sent her & 2 other ladies to the bottom of the boat. She refused point blank to use it for the return journey & just plonked herself on another boat & refused to get off.

On my return trip the old guy next to me kept saying his back was broken from the bumpy ride. I don't think he was kidding. Me - I quite enjoyed it. It was really fast.

Up, up, up into the hills we went & everywhere we looked there was someone else selling something...

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Cos of course, we are their sole source of income.

Don't think this was for sale though. Chamaeleon on a stick anyone?

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Nice looking gear though..

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Heading back down to the beach now..........

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Then we hit the beach for 'an idyllic time under the tamarind trees' . Idyllic is in the tour description. Idyllic it might be when there aren't 5 hundred tourists in 5 hundred square yards.

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Snacks & beer was part of the buffet on the beach. How people on cruises get so hungry is beyond me.
And meanwhile, the locals looked on..

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the lady in the middle is knitting or sewing something which was part of the tour that I did not know about til the next day or I would have gone over for a chat.
& See how nice & clean the girls clothes are? How do they do it?

Then, back to our ship where the locals had followed, still trying to make a buck. Got to admire the persistence.

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& the end of another day.

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I really enjoyed this excursion. Nicely paced, with a variety of sights. Local people were obviously wanting to sell us things but not in the least bit aggressively. I heard a lot of grumbles around me though.
Would be a fabulous place to visit when the tourist hoards have gone for the day.

It's around here that a story came out about some goings on in the gym. Apparently an Asian lady was hogging the walking machine & an American lady decide to turn the machine off. Bad news - the asian lady went backwards & fell off. Next day the American was on the machine with an Asian lady either side. Words were exchanged, then blows, then the security guy came to restore order, & he got slapped for his trouble.
Every time I told the story, I exaggerated it a little bit.

Posted by hasbeen 05:29 Archived in Madagascar Tagged africa Comments (0)