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Madagascar : Antananarivo

2.6 km (1.6 miles) SW of Soamahamanina, Antananarivo, Madagascar
Approx. altitude: 1419 m (4655 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap world confnav)
Antipode: 19°N 133°W

Accuracy: 5 m (16 ft)
Click on any of the images for the full-sized picture.

#2: View to the North #3: View to the East #4: View to the South #5: Manantsoa and me on the point, and the coordinates #6: A peasant working there with his sons #7: The peasant's cart #8: The point is very close to the highest pine on the right #9: A lemur in Lemurs Park #10: The RN1 road to Tana

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  19°S 47°E (visit #3)  

#1: The point and view to the West

(visited by Jean-Luc Frérotte and Manantsoa)

English

10-fév-2018 -- Je quitte Tana (Antananarivo) en compagnie de Manantsoa vers la confluence 19S 47E. Ce même point est le dernier qui a été visité à Madagascar en 2011, il y a déjà 7 ans. Il est juste au bord de la route RN1.

Une fois sorti des embouteillages de Tana, la route est agréable, même si le temps est un peu gris. On est encore en pleine saison des pluies.

Après 65 km, nous arrivons sur le point. C’est probablement la confluence la plus facile que j’ai faite ! Le point est à une vingtaine de mètres au sud de la route, en contrebas au milieu de jeunes pins. Même en restant dans la voiture sur la route, la visite serait validée…

Il y a un paysan avec ses deux fils qui travaille juste à côté, il ramasse du terreau, qu’il emmène dans une charrette, probablement pour faire de l’engrais pour cultiver quelque part.

Au retour vers Tana, nous faisons une visite au Lemurs Park. Plusieurs espèces de lémuriens vivent là, en liberté, dans un grand parc arboré de 5 hectares entre une rivière et un grand mur. C’est sans doute moins excitant que de courir dans les grandes forêts pluviales de l’île, mais pour voir plusieurs espèces de lémuriens à moins d’une heure de Tana, c’est la meilleure solution. Et je dois dire que les lémuriens ont vraiment l’air d’être très bien dans cet endroit.

English

10-Feb-2018 -- I leave Tana (Antananarivo) with Manantsoa towards the point 19S 47E. This point is the last which was visited in Madagascar in 2011, already 7 years ago. It is almost on the road RN1.

After leaving the traffic jam in Tana, the road is pleasant, even if the weather is a little gray. We are still in the middle of the rain season.

After 65 km, we arrive on the point. It is probably the easiest visit that I ever made! The point is about twenty meters from the road, downwards to the south in the middle of young pines. Even while remaining in the car on the road, the visit would be validated…

There is a peasant with his two sons who is working very close to the point. It seems that he is collecting compost, which he takes along in a cart, probably to make manure to cultivate some distant plot.

On our way back to Tana, we make a visit to the Lemurs Park. Several species of lemurs live there in freedom, in a large park of 5 hectares between a river and a large wall. It is undoubtedly less exciting than exploring the large rain forests of the island, but to see several species of lemurs at less than one hour of Tana, it is the best solution. And I must say that the lemurs seem really to be very well in this park.


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#1: The point and view to the West
#2: View to the North
#3: View to the East
#4: View to the South
#5: Manantsoa and me on the point, and the coordinates
#6: A peasant working there with his sons
#7: The peasant's cart
#8: The point is very close to the highest pine on the right
#9: A lemur in Lemurs Park
#10: The RN1 road to Tana
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