Vohemar (Iharana)

Vohemar, also referred to as Iharana, is the northernmost town in Madagascar’s north-eastern SAVA region. It is located right at the Indian ocean and vast Iharana bay which is subjected to the tides. Historically, Vohemar seems to be one of Madagascar´s oldest settlements, if not the oldest, where Swahili merchants installed a port for trading as early as in the 13th century. Today, Vohemar has between 20.000 and 30.000 inhabitants who make it a lively little town hoping for a better future and many visitors. Because over the course of the last at least five years, the Chinese have constructed a new road connecting Vohemar at the east coast with Ambilobe at the National Road RN 6 in the west, replacing one of the most feared dirt roads of the island. In the past, it could have taken three or even more days to reach Vohemar from Ambilobe, which is now reduced to a couple of hours. That said, SAVA region is no longer isolated from the rest of the country. Continue…

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Fort Portal

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Fort Portal the second. We´ve been in Fort Portal five years ago, and we´ve really liked it. Back then, it had its nickname “Fort Pothole” for a good reason but besides that, it was a nice, well-developed town amidst a montane region with a lot of coffee and tea plantations. Neighbouring Rwenzori mountains are the reason why it rains a lot in and around Fort Portal, the nearly black volcanic soil is very fertile, and because of its altitude of 1.525 m, the climate in town is moderate with cool nights. I call it German weather. Weiterlesen

The Q-Files: An old town we once knew

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