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// SEPTEMBER 2017
Such stuff as dreams are made on...
Ivato
Manambato
Antsirabe
Morondava
Morondava
Belo sur Mer
Manja
Toliara
Thessaloniki
Istanbul
Mauritius
Moramanga
Manambato
Canal des Pangalanes
Behenjy
Miandrivazo

Tulear


23rd of September 2017
Mangoky River... We will remember it for too long!!!

At 6:00 in the morning, we were outside the hotel Kantu, waiting for the convoy of the cars to begin its journey. We were the only ones who would do the self drive trip without the assistance of a local driver.  

We took RN5 (a challenging 4x4 muddy track, said to be the worst road in the country. It includes several river crossings by boat or ferry. With sections of sand, solid rock and even worn-down bridges that drivers must inspect before crossing, the 200km road takes nearly 24 hours to drive. It turns especially treacherous during the rainy season (December to March), when the lack of asphalt or concrete paving leads the road to become impassable in many spots).
 


In any case the route seemed a bit easier to us, although there were sections of sheer rock, sections of shrubby vegetation and everything in between, particularly mud.
Eventually, we reached Mangoky River.
We crossed part of the riverbed through sandy ditches. We arrived and our car was loaded on the “car ferry” (too grand a description of an open air wooden platform built over the top of a couple of canoes).
 


As soon as the river trip started, we had to return because another vehicle had arrived and had to be loaded too. Finally, we crossed the river, but the ferry stopped at a point almost perpendicular to the bank and on the way out, naturally, we stuck on the sand.



We saw 30-40 people who were sitting on the sandy bank, waiting patiently for Eugene, the person in charge of the assisting team (title given by himself to himself, actually!) to complete the negotiations as far as payment, so as to come and push our vehicles and pull them out of the sand, where they were stuck.



We continued on a reasonably good 4x4 route.


All alone again...

After a few kilometers, we said good bye to our American co-travelers who had decided to have a stop at Adavoaka.
For us the 3 days adventurous trip off the main road was quite enough…





After the greetings we continued to Tulear, where we found a room in Moringa Hotel.

We emptied the jerry cans into the tank with a plastic bottle and with the assistance of the hotel’s security stuff, since the stem of the funnel was broken and we cleaned the rare part, to the extend we could, from the gasoline dripping, because one of the jerry cans was not closing properly. We also cleaned the cabin of the car from the dust and also our suitcases, almost white from the sand too. Eventually we ended up to our room exhausted, had a bath and slept decently

Next day, a new part of our journey would begin, since we would be crossing Madagascar’s inland, from Tulear to Antananarivo.  (Madagascar 1)

Country: Madagascar
Date: 2017
Route: Madagascar
Cities: Ivato, Manambato, Antsirabe, Morondava, Morondava, Belo sur Mer, Manja, Toliara
Duration: 7
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Population: 25.054.161
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Country: Madagascar
Date: 2017
Route: Madagascar
Cities: Ivato, Manambato, Antsirabe, Morondava, Morondava, Belo sur Mer, Manja, Toliara
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Population: 25.054.161
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Country: Madagascar
Date: 2017
Route: Madagascar
Cities: Ivato, Manambato, Antsirabe, Morondava, Morondava, Belo sur Mer, Manja, Toliara
Duration: 7 days
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Population: 25.054.161
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