The Tombs of Isalo National Park: Isalo national park is over 800km2 of arid sandstone formations, canyons and forests in southwestern Madagascar, about three hours by bus from the coastal city of Tulear. It is one of the most popular places in Madagascar and the details of how to get to Isalo national park are relatively simple.
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RUM DRINKING GECKOS
Behind the bar of a hotel called La Banane on the island of Sainte Marie can be found a very rare species, the rum drinking geckos. The hotel is barely a stones throw from the port and these geckos certainly drink like sailors.
I first saw them when I sat at the bar in La Banane and tried a few of the flavoured rums lined up along the shelf of the bar. Sat there in thunderstorm conditions I was studying the coloured bottles with handwritten labels trying to figure out what was in each bottle.
MODEL CARS IN MADAGASCAR
Down an unpaved bumpy road outside the village of Imerinatsiatosika, about an hour outside Antananarivo, I returned a week after my previous visit to see what progress had been made with regard to the model cars I had ordered.
Bearing in mind the whole trip back to Madagascar is based around the idea of buying these model cars in Madagascar and sending them home to Ireland to sell, this visit certainly had the moment of truth feel about it. If the models are not of good quality then they won’t sell back home.
If the ones produced here are not up to scratch, then I face the possibility of looking for somewhere else that makes them which will cause delays and may prove difficult to complete before the end of my trip.