The stars above Lac Itasy – Die Sterne über dem Itasy-See

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If you are heading west from Madagascar’s capital Antananarivo, the landscape becomes even more barren than it is around Tana. The Route National 1 is going up as far as 1.700m in altitude, and about 130km west of Tana, you are reaching the rough but beautiful volcanic area around Lake Itasy at approximately 1.300m. The ancient volcanos reach up to 1.800m, surrounding the idyllic, 9km-wide lake. The small and pleasant town of Ampefy is the centre of activities at the lakeshore, and the area is a perfect place for hiking, boat-trips and paragliding.

Fährt man von Madagaskars Hauptstadt Antananarivo Richtung Westen, wird die Landschaft noch karger als sie es um Tana schon ist. Die Route National 1 führt stetig bergan bis auf 1.700m Höhe, und etwa 130km westlich von Tana erreicht man schließlich die raue, aber schöne Gegend um den Itasy-See auf etwa 1.300m Höhe. Die uralten Vulkane erreichen Höhen von bis zu 1.800m und thronen majestätisch über dem neun Kilometer breiten See. Die kleine und angenehme Stadt Ampefy ist quasi das „Tor zum See“, und die Region eignet sich hervorragend für Wanderungen, Bootsfahrten und sogar Paragliding. Weiterlesen

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Lopé II – Lost in the jungle – Verloren im Urwald

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On our arrival at La Lopé, we had a warm welcome with the chef at the Hotel Mbeyi as well as the manager of both the Lopé Hotel and Hotel Mbeyi. When we told the latter the story of our journey so far, he smiled and shrugged. “That´s Gabon” he said, and we felt sorry for him, because we could see in his face what it meant to make your money with tourists in this country. Then he mentioned that the train was out of service for several days now because of an accident just before Libreville. We looked at each other and agreed that this time, we´ve been two lucky bastards. Weiterlesen

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