Since the last illustrated post (Madagascar Day 2) we've spent one more day in Antananarivo - the capital, known as Tana - and three days in the eastern side of the island in a couple of neighboring national parks. Rather than try to catch up now with photos from those days, I'll post some contemporary photos.
For today and the next two days we're based in the resort town of Nosy Be (Big Island) in the northwest corner of Madagascar. We're housed and fed in a nice resort, but visit nearby smaller islands for the local fauna and culture. Nosy Kumba has a tame colony of black lemurs, which act as a tourist attraction to help the people sell their fabrics and other crafts. There are lots of kids running around, many of them also trying to sell something.
Children play while mother embroiders.
Kids run around in front of tablecloths flapping in the breeze for sale on the beach.
The lemurs come running when bananas are on offer. Male black lemurs are black,
while females are brown with white ruffs.
Also on display for the tourists are a tree boa
and a panther chameleon.
We then took a boat ride to the nearby island of Nosy Tankeli for swimming, snorkeling, a wonderful picnic lunch, and an afternoon of badly needed relaxation (since we had gotten up at 1:30 AM for our flight from Tana to Nosy Be). On the way we sighted this inter-island ferry for the natives, picturesque from this side and crammed with people on the other.