When you get off the plane as a northern or middle European in Libreville, it is like walking against a wall. It is the extreme humidity that hits you like a weight packed upon your chest. At least I felt so when we arrived at Libreville at half past seven in the evening, after a long day with flights from Frankfurt to Paris and Paris to Libreville with Air France. After having watched former Rugby players throwing around our luggage on the airfield of Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris. Just before we discovered all the holes in the rain covers of our backpacks as well as in my backpack itself. Weiterlesen
17 pictures; looks best fullscreen!
All the pictures do look best fullscreen!!!
Once I dreamt of a town at a turquoise sea with sailing vessels on it, of which I have learned that they have been invented in the Arabic world and are called Dhows. The air was warm and slightly salty, the palm trees along the seaside promenade were murmuring unheard words in the warm wind and all the people around seemed very relaxed, some of them even smiling. Muslims, Christians, Animists, Hindus (Karana people), they all live there together peacefully within a stone’s throw of a Fossil display with Dinosaur skeletons. On a square right at the promenade, the people meet at a majestic thousand year old Baobab tree of the Adansonia digitata species – merchants brought this one from mainland Africa to the island. This town just has to be on an island! Weiterlesen
Toliara (Tuléar) is the biggest and most important city in southwestern Madagascar. Once in the past rebels had demolished a bridge on the way from the capital Antananarivo to it´s most significant port Toamasina (Tamatave) at the eastcoast. That was when the government bought Toliara a deepwater port as well as a 1000 kilometre long asphalt road all the way up to the central highland and Tana. Weiterlesen
Wie Geister bewegen sich schemenhafte Gestalten durch den Nebel, der die vereinzelten Rufe dämpft oder ganz verschluckt. Der Strand, das Meer, alles ist grau, und dunkelgrau tauchen Boote vor der Küste aus dem Nebel auf, der im Westen Madagaskars häufig ist, und verschwinden ebenso schnell wieder darin. Ohne den Nebel, der der kargen Vegetation aus Trocken- oder Dornenwald, Buschland und Baobabs die Leben spendende Feuchtigkeit bringt – in einer Gegend, in der Regen äußerst selten ist, wäre die Region zwischen Toliara (sprich: tulear) im Süden und Mahajanga (sprich: madschanga) im Norden vermutlich eine Wüste. Weiterlesen
Besides sharks, huge rays and African skates as well as Orcas there are many Humpback whales in surrounding seas of Madagascar. In southern winter they move from the Antarctic sea into the warmer water of subtropics to give birth to their calves. They need the warmer water to prevent a shock of hypothermia that could kill the newborn. Especially the bays in the north – like Baie d´Antongil, northeastern Madagascar – are perfect birthplaces because of shallow murky water and a lot of reefs, all of which help keeping the calves safe from predators like bull sharks. Weiterlesen