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Madagascar on a scooter | Part 7 | Spotting Baobabs & Kimony Resort

Who gets it in their head to buy a second-hand scooter in the capital of Madagascar to buy? To travel more than 4.000 km over this enormous island? No one before me had ever come up with this idea. I just did it and discovered the real Madagascar. Travel with me to the Red Island and get to know the baobabs, lemurs, chameleons, snow-white beaches and above all the hospitable Malagasy: TONGA SOA. In this part I travel past the highest concentration of baobabs per square meter in the world.

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An ideal preparation for a magical afternoon

How wonderful it is to wake up in this magical place. When I leave my bungalow, I immediately come face to face with those incomparable baobabs. Today I can enjoy it extensively, because nowhere in the world can you find so many baobabs.

Morning at the pool of the hotel Relais du Kirindy
Morning at the pool of the hotel Relais du Kirindy

“Eric, stay for lunch. We have the best lunch in all of Madagascar.' "But I want the time to see the Allee des Baobabs." 'If you leave here at about three o'clock, you'll be early enough. It's an hour's drive away.'

The manager didn't say too much because the lunch equals that of Mad Zebu† For barely ten euros (40.000 Ariary) I enjoy a delicious three-course menu.

Lunch menu of Relais du Kirindy
Lunch menu of Relais du Kirindy
The main course Prawns Kebab
The main course Prawns Kebab
The Relais du Kirindy restaurant is ready for lunch
The Relais du Kirindy restaurant is ready for lunch

Then it's almost time to go. I arrange a few liters of real petrol through the manager. "Where do you actually sleep in Morondava?" he asks. 'I have no idea.' 'Well then I would like to invite you to Kimony Resort to come. That is a very nice hotel with swimming pool near the sea. I'll arrange a nice discount for you, because I'm also the manager of it.'

A few liters of real petrol from Relais du Kirindy
A few liters of real petrol from Relais du Kirindy

The highest concentration of baobabs on the square meter

There are a total of eight baobab species in the world. Australië and mainland Africa both have only one. Madagascar has no fewer than six unique species. And nowhere in the world are there so many on the square meter as on and around the road I am now going to drive, the Allee des Baobabs.

From Kirindy Village the distance to Allée des Baobabs is about thirty kilometers. And there are those damn beautiful baobabs everywhere.

Parked my scooter on the RN8 near Fivoarantsaina
Parked my scooter on the RN8 near Fivoarantsaina
Water well in Fivoarantsaina

The Baobab allee and surroundings

And then it's time. I am at the most famous spot in all of Madagascar. This is the allee that symbolizes an entire nation. Enjoy the photos of Allée des Baobabs, which I took on four different days.

Baobabs in Menabe District
Baobabs in Menabe District
Allee des Baobabs, Morondava
Allee des Baobabs, Morondava
Pousse pousse on the Baobab allee
Pousse pousse on the Baobab allee
Baobab Allee Morondava
Baobab Allee Morondava
On the scooter in the Baobab allee near Morondava
On the scooter in the Baobab allee near Morondava
Baobabs at sunset in Menabe district
Baobabs at sunset in Menabe district
Souvenir Sellers on Baobab Avenue Morondava
Souvenir Sellers on Baobab Avenue Morondava

A few relaxing days at Kimony Resort near Morondava

Together with the staff of Kimony Resort
Together with the staff of Kimony Resort

I am staying for four wonderful days at the fantastic Kimony Resort. Soon I have a fixed daily rhythm. In the morning I start with a delicious breakfast. Then I visit the lemurs that have come out of their pens. After lunch I go to the beach. There I relax while enjoying a THB (Three Horse Beer, the beer of Madagascar). At sunset I always drive to the Allée des Baobabs.

A Three Horses Beer on the beach of Morondava
A Three Horses Beer on the beach of Morondava

The ladies who serve me on the beach have painted their faces white. It is a custom in western Madagascar and is known as Masonjoany. A phenomenon that I have also come across a lot in Myanmar. The white paste is made from ground tree bark, diluted with water. It is a perfect make-up and prevents dryness and sunburn.

crowned lemur
crowned lemur
Brown lemur at Kimony
Brown lemur at Kimony

In Morondava itself I don't show myself much. Kimony beach is much quieter and cleaner.

Playground on the beach of Morondava
Playground on the beach of Morondava

After four days, I'm ready to go again. On to the south!

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Eric on a scooter in Uganda

Eric

What is it like to drive more than 10.000 kilometers in Madagascar on a locally bought scooter? Or on a pikipiki (scooter in Swahili) through East Africa? In more than 20 years I have visited more than 100 countries. This has resulted in a lot of priceless travel experiences, which I would like to share with you.

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– Favorite destinations: Madagascar, Uganda, Japan, India and Colombia.

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