Madagascan Adventure Blog: Part 5

Day 13: Andavadoka - Ifaty

Today was the first day of our adventure where we were traveling on tracks that even the GPS didn’t pick up! Gasy is short for Malagasy, which is the local language and how the people from Madagascar refer to themselves. Our guides joke that they were using their inbuilt GPS – ‘’Gasy Positioning System''. 


Away from the coast this area is boiling and dry.  We departed early to try to make up as much ground before the midday heat. We were thankful for this when we crossed a 35km area of soft sand in the cool of the morning. Doing this at midday would have been a tad warm and sand thick.

 

 Dry, boiling and travelling on tracks the GPS didn't recognise 

 
The Malagasy joke that bumpy tracks give you a Malagasy massage! How right they are, during our 3 hours of driving where no GPS tracks were available we experienced the full rodeo! 


Soon sparkling sapphire water started to appear on the coast, and we were passing cloured wooden houses situated behind white dunes. 


We stopped under the shade of a Euphorbia tree close to a nearby village for lunch and observed local men spearfishing and collecting kelp. 


The coastline in this area has a massive coral reef stretching 130km from Morombe to Toliara.