Madagascar - Tulear to Isalo National Park

October 2: After a short overnight in Fort Dauphin, we took an early-morning flight to Tulear and boarded a bus to drive to Isalo National Park, remarkable for its sandstone formations and a wide range of other terrain. The road was good, but it was a long drive. Seen along the way:

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Many rice fields are being turned into brick manufacturies.

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A village woman carrying some sticks (for firewood?)

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One of the many large and elaborate tombs that dot the landscape.

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Village market

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Chameleon held on a stick by a boy, who earned a half-euro for positioning it against the distant hill

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Waiting, probably for one of the overcrowded but functional bush taxis, while a pedicab driver hopes for a fare.

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Baobabs

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Panning for sapphires (and washing a car) in the river that runs through Ilakaka, a boom mining town near Isalo National Park

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We stayed for two nights at the Relais de la Reine neighboring the park. Elaborate, finely done stonework adorns every surface, echoing the spectacular rock formations in the park.

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Brightly colored lichens paint the sandstone surfaces.

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