THE berries MANOMPANA
A half-hour boat ride and we arrive near the Bay Manompana, as privateers who had once take shelter in the event of cyclone. This berry contains indeed a perfect shelter against storms, by far the best on the east coast of Madagascar. The password is easy, and wreck borders the north ; once back in the lagoon,ç'est wonder ! A lagoon bleu-vert, then a small sand fringed cape after which we discover the famous shelter : a perfect pond lined with mangrove, and not a ripple on the water even in windy. Then the boat glides gently to the bottom of the bay, also named Bay Tintingue. Nice name is not it ? We drop anchor near the pontoon local cottage, a nice simple place, wood and thatch dressed. Before lunch, visit the village we discover a haven of peace. The scandalous track that crosses (3 4X4 days to get there from Tamatave) serves a multitude of boxes and small shops. After a meal of fish, squid or crab, accompanied by a delicious local red rice, swim or nap under a palm caring. In early afternoon, we take our boat back to Santa Maria, with a small detour to the Pointe Larrée, peninsula that separates from the mainland at the narrowest point of the channel Sainte Marie, barely 4 km.
Duration : day
THE RIVER Anove
After crossing ¾ of an hour by boat to reach the east coast of the Big Island, Madagascar, we reach the mouth of the river Anove. The passage looks a bit difficult to find the pass and not fail or on the shore, or Caillasses bordering on the other edge of the mouth. This is the beginning of the adventure, the little thrill ...
But it is smoothly and without major difficulty that our driver engages in one of the most beautiful rivers in the East. His arm is as wide as those of the Loire or the Seine. Impressive pristine landscape throughout our river journey where we discover intact plant species such as Pandanus, tree used for weaving mats, huge bamboo, clove with gold leaf are covered under the sun . At the bend of a meander, fifty wild ducks and teals wade and do not seem to know the human risk. Woodcock and snipe hide under leaves shore, there is no sound ... We are moving slowly along the river, roses scatter tasks in trees, they are creepers "Paederia" and further magnificent Cyperus prolifer family papyrus, green "pétants" dip their feet in fresh water close "elephant ears". These so-called ears have medicinal properties. Petiole is burned and heated water that comes out disinfects wounds. But the brown cover that protects their feet also used for crafts, hat or mat fibers are woven through. During the last cyclone "Yvan" which was shot on the island, tuber served food. Suddenly a heron flies crab, white when it flies and when it arises it is beige to blend in nature. Kingfishers view our line behind the boat hoping that we went back a tilapia, or small grouper, even a "kabocho" or sucker fish. Some canoes pass loaded leaf clove, we stop at the village to buy lemons 'gas' and lemons "vaza".
NOSY ATAFANA “an island of a thousand colors”
On the east coast of Madagascar, opposite the village Sahasoa, this small island 1 000 ha is actually composed of three islets surrounded by a coral reef, true fringing reef submerged. In addition to its outlandish beaches, turquoise sea offers a veritable marine park (protected nature reserve.). One can find various species of beautiful corals and tropical fish, full of small masters and groupers big enough in very shallow and, close to falling. The largest of the three islands, Nosy Atafana, is a refuge for bats he shall hunt. This is also the breeding ground of différentsoiseaux as black or white herons and other seabirds. Nature is preserved on the land part and only a caretaker stays there and will guide you. Picnic on the beach or lunch Sahasoa. Throughout this area, You can also see sea turtles or dolphins from August to September and obviously humpback whales that breed in the Antongil Bay from late June to mid-October. To 3:00 p.m., we return to Antanambe for dinner and sleep in a warm and friendly house, the edge of a beach and a heavenly bay. Back to Sainte-Marie in the morning.
Duration : two days