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Morondava is a city located in Menabe Region, of which it is the capital,in Madagascar.It is located in the delta of the Morandava River.Air Madagascar has regular scheduled flights to Morondava Airport. The main road to the town, and indeed the roads in the town itself, are severely eroded with less than 30% of the original tarmac left in most places. Overland transport is therefore very slow and difficult, especially in the rainy season. Pirogues are consequently a popular mode of transport used to ferry people and goods up and down the coast, especially to Morombe.

The Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve,a UNESCO World Heritage Site,is located 150 km north of Morondava,but due to the poor condition of the roads,can take considerable time to reach.Kirindy Forest is a nature reserve about 60 km from Morondava where many of the local species of lemurs as well as other plants and animals can be spotted during a day trip.

The dry season is the best time to visit as daytime temperatures are about 27°C and nighttime around 14-15°C while the water is still as warm as the Mediterranean in summer (about 24°C).The downside is that the town is very dry and dusty with blowing sand a problem but it is still less dirty than other towns.In the summer rainy season it is hot and sticky,and there is quite a lot of mud around (although again less so than other towns.)

How to Reach

By Air

Air Madagascar has regular scheduled flights to Morondava Airport. The main road to the town, and indeed the roads in the town itself, are severely eroded with less than 30% of the original tarmac left in most places.Air Madagascar flies several times weekly between Morondava and Antananarivo (Ar225, 000), Toliara (Ar200, 000) and Morombe (Ar180, 000).The Air Madagascar office is on the road to the airport.

By Ferries

Morondava is connected with the villages to the south by pirogues.Wooden cargo boats (without engines) depart weekly for Morombe.Facilities on most boats are very basic bring sun protection and all the food and water you will need.The Taxi de la Mer (Ar50, 000, 2½ hours) is a newish ferry running twice a week between Morondava and Belo-Sur-Mer.

Key places to visit
Nosy Kely Beach, La Capannina, Remote Rivers, Baobab Tours, Kirindy Mite National Park, Betania Beach, Jean le Rasta, Kirindy Forest Reserve


Places to Visit

Nosy Kely Beach

The beach at Nosy Kely is fairly attractive, although it has also suffered severe erosion over the last decade. Check out the southern end for the most sand. Strong currents prevent swimming in many areas, and views are marred by concrete pilings.

La Capannina

Run by an Italian and Malagasy couple, this place serves yummy, and consistently reliable, Italian food think lots of pastas and different sauces. Sit outside on the attractive terrace look for La Capannini on the beach road.

Remote Rivers

Chez Maggie is an agent for Remote Rivers,which runs sustainable-travel-focused trips down the little-explored Mangoky,Mahavavy and Manambolo Rivers.

Baobab Tours

This respected, upmarket, agency specialises in deep-sea fishing and diving trips; it also organises reliable trips to Parc National des Tsingy de Bemaraha, Belo-sur-Mer and boat trips up and down the coast.

Kirindy Mite National Park

Is a new and seldom visited National Park which encompassing a wide variety of ecosystems: beaches inland lakes 7 offshore islands,spiny forest,vast Baobab forests; extensive coastal mangroves.Highlights include three species of baobabs; a wide variety of lemurs (including ringtails) species of birds (many rare and endangered) and the picturesque Lakes Ambondro & Lake Sirave.

Kirindy Forest Reserve

The 25,000-acre Kirindy Forest Reserve has the greatest density and diversity of primates in the world. It is also the best western-reserve for seeing Madagascar’s endemic dry forest species. Dominated by majestic baobab trees, (Adansonia grandidieri), the forest is home to the world’s smallest known primate as well as dozens of amphibian and reptile species (and no poisonous snakes).

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