13-Jan-2011 -- Continued from 25S 47E. This was the last in a string of six Confluences we visited on Madagascar around New Year's Eve.
We didn't plan for visiting this one, but since we had another day left before we were supposed to board the flight home, we decided on embarking on a little day-trip visiting this CP. We went to Antananarivo's bustling Gare routière, the main hub for south- and westbound buses. We found a minibus headed towards Minarinarivo without any trouble. We had to wait for the ticket-shills to hustle up enough customers to fill the bus though, which took around 45 minutes. We were glad to leave the bewilderingly chaotic and grubby streets of Antana behind us for a while and enjoyed the ride towards the Confluence. The bus followed the B1 due west and we were surprised to find the road in excellent condition, quite a contrast to the decrepit condition typical for Madagascar's road network.
We hopped off the bus after one hour give or take in a little village 2.5 kilometres from the Confluence. We decided to walk the remaining distance. The hilly landscape is partly covered with dry woodlands and single conifers (mainly pine) and small structured rice paddies in the valleys. The CP is located on the slope descending due south from the embankment, a few dozen meters from the pavement between some single conifers (a variety of pine we couldn't identify) and was easy accessible.
We took the required pictures and started walking back to the village where we got off the bus. We bought fresh pineapple from a street vendor, celebrated the successful visit and enjoyed the mild weather that day. We stopped the next minibus returning to Antana where we arrived early in the afternoon.