Extreme south

Zebus Market of AMBOVOMBE and MAROVATO

Every Monday and Saturday for Ambovobe Marovato, Tandroy zebu breeders alike on the market to sell, buy or exchange the sacred animal of Madagascar. This rural market, colorful, you can admire their authenticity, Tandroy proud breeders, but also their beautiful family zebu carts, kitchen utensils, local fabrics, all this makes the charm of this dry country on the other side of the chain Anosyenne.

FAUNA
In the sea, fauna is exceptional. Who has good chance can see humpback whales.
The huge sea turtles, manta rays, dolphins rivage. On the earth, there are two endemic protected turtles: the extremely rare “Pyxis” and the more common but alas too coveted for its meat and the illegal export “radiata” to abroad. Thorny bush is the playground of maki: lemur discovered catta. You can see around the site and in the area of fossilized eggs aepornis (giant Ostrich about three hundred pounds and three meter fragments high).

PEOPLE (Antandroy Tribes)
This is a friendly population, a village out of time, living to the rhythm of the bush and will share unforgettable moments while knowing respect your tranquilité.Les Malagasy customs are very satisfied (see full tombs Aloalo and horns zebu). Antandroy The live in a complex system “FADY” (forbidden) which mingles part of mystique that allows the village to keep its authenticity.

In Antandroy,
tombs (found on the road to False Cape) are formed of a stone called ams “Valavato” or stone enclosures atteignat over 10m côté.La area thus delimited is lined and planted bucranes known of these carved poles Beins called “Aloalo”.

In Mahafaly
Mahafaly tombs resemble those of Antandroy with “Aloalo” depicting scenes of everyday life and diposés according to a well-defined order (found on the road between LAVANONO and Beloha / Beloha between -AMPANIHY/entre Beloha -Tsihombe). Another trend chooses to replace the stones with mortar. Tombs are mausoleums TRUE then brightly painted and decorated either portraits or patterns géométriques. Au environment usually detaches a sacred house decorated with small mirrors.

Faux Cap :

A real paradise destination, Faux Cap brings together all the ingredients for a dream stay. It is a small country preserved in its natural state.Let your self be lulled by the sound of the waves and immortalize the panoramic views worthy of a postcard during your stay .To cool of, swim in the middle of the fish and dolphins. A canoe trip inside the lagoon is also recommended to observe sea life more closely. To stretch your legs, go along the beach and discover the eggshells of Aepyornis, this is gigantic fossil bird that has disappeared. Continue your journey along the earthy road lined with Mahafaly tombs with thousand colors and surmounted by totems. During your stay in Faux Cap, you will have the pleasure to share your days with a population as nice as they are hospitable. Do not miss the fishermen. They will offer you various sea products, especially lobsters.

CAP SAINTE MARIE Special Reserve :

Beautiful high sandstone cliff caves and beaches offer a dreamscape at the southern tip of Madagascar. Between the waters of the Mozambique Channel and those of the Indian Ocean, Cape St. Mary’s windswept and offers the look of “end of the world.” From July to November it is possible to observe migrating whales Humpback and their calves. There are also the remains of Aepyornis eggs, the largest known bird that some associate with the bird rock legends of the sea SINBAD. Their collection is prohibited in order to preserve these priceless relics of the past. AVAILABLE ALL YEAR.
* Burial Antandroy and Mahafaly with their anecdotal sculptures, as it juts out into the bush. Beyond Tsihombe, THE FAR SOUTH OF MADAGASCAR with FAUX CAP lagoon and beach extending to infinity, and the cliffs of CAP SAINTE MARIE.
* The end of the “bird-elephant” Thus was nicknamed the aepyornis this now extinct giant ostrich measuring three meters high and weighing 500kg, its powerful legs allow him to run fast, but its atrophied wings forbade him to fly. The hypotheses exist about the causes of his death, was even invoked releases carbon or noxious gases, in some areas, have caused asphyxia animals. Others assume, simply extermination by the hand of man: Hunting, habitat conversion, misuse eggs … But it seems more likely that this extinction resulted from climatic changes that led to the extreme south at least, a gradual drought, while the flora supported this change by moving the aepornis could not adapt. They focused initially around ponds which formed their last refuge, and where their skeletons are found buried together. In the words of Flacourt this extinction continued until the arrival of Europeans in the seventeenth century.

LAVANONO

ITAMPOLO
At 130km from Anakao, the beach is on a magnificent coast, among the most beautiful in the world, in front of nearly clear emerald colored sea of an exceptional purity with its majestic dunes to be climbed to join a village of sharks hunters, between cactuses and hedges of nopal plants (prickly pears cactus). 

TSIMANAPETSOTSE National Park

National Park TSIMANAPETSOTSE, 275 km from Tulear has two distinct vegetation: COASTAL FOREST bordering lake and thorny vegetation typical South This park has been classified a Ramsar site under the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance.  The park is home to flamingos, dwarf flamingos and grebes. Vegetation offers a wealth of plants such as baobab and flamboyant with their bottle-shaped trunks, thorny shrubs fabulous all forms representative of the extraordinary vegetation region SOUTH OF MADAGASCAR
This region is the land of turtles (radiata) endemic to the region.

AMBOLA
At 30 km is Beheloka. The white sandy beaches lined the lagoon whose barrier reef is at 150 m from the shore. If you are lucky you will be able to see the humpback whales swimming up through the channel, crossing sheets and moving above the rocks…

Anakao

The purity of its waters and the richness of its lagoon make it the pearl of the South for dive fanatics and the fishing.

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