Madagascar - Fort Dauphin to Berenty

September 29. We took an early morning flight from Antananarivo to Tolagnaro (formerly Fort Dauphin), a port on the southeastern edge of Madagascar, and then bused along a very bad road to Berenty, a private reserve that's one of the best wildlife places in the country. Here are some shots along the road. Click photos to enlarge them.

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Mortuary monuments, examples of the strong Malagasy emphasis on honoring and caring for the dead.


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Kids mobbed the bus wherever we stopped. Some were trying to sell things, some wanted a handout, some just were excited by the novelty of strangers.


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Driving zebu - the major indicator of wealth among Malagasy - back from market.


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Net fishing in the rice fields.


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Passing a roadside village market.

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Waiting for a bush taxi


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We stopped for a while to admire the flora and fauna in the spiny bush, including this panther chameleon in a tree

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and some pretty flowers.

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Baobob tree

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How the spiny forest gets its name


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After besieging the bus for a while, kids return to their normal pursuits.


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About to cross the Mandrare River, with the Berenty Private Reserve on the opposite bank.

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