Morondava -Toliara via Belo sur Mer
Replies: 2 - Last Post: Jun 26, 2013 3:22 AM Last Post By: STEPHcraig
Jun 20, 2013 4:19 AM
Morondava -Toliara via Belo sur MerHi everybody,
I'm going to work as volunteer in Madagascar for Few weeks and want to visit somes places before starting job.I'm now in touch with local tour company (www.madagascar-natural-tours.com) but would like to hear from people who have recently done Morondava-Toliara via belo sur Mer because it is said that it's not a good road.
Jun 24, 2013 12:55 PM
It isn’t an easy trip from Morondava via Belo sur Mer down to Toliara, but it’s well worth the effort – beautiful scenery, and for most of the route very few other tourists. Between about mid October and April, the route isn’t passable.
The easier part is from Morondava via Belo and Manja to Morombe. There are taxis brousse on this part of the route, so you could theoretically do it without hiring a 4x4, though your own vehicle gives you a lot of flexibility.
Belo sur Mer is a lively little village reached by driving across salt flats that are submerged and im-passable in the rainy season. My favourite hotel there is Chez Dorothée. From Belo, you can visit Kirindy Mitea National Park (not to be confused with Kirindy Forest north of Morondava). There you can see stunning sand dunes, flamingos and other water fowl and hundreds of flying foxes in the mangroves.
Manja is a good place to spend the night – the one hotel in town is surprisingly comfortable for such an isolated place.
From Morombe to Toliara is probably the most difficult stretch – there are kilometre upon kilometre of deep sand, and your vehicle will need good tyres. If you’re forced to stop, you’ll be bogged down, and you’ll need to have equipment with you to get your vehicle going again. However, if you have no mishaps, it’s only a day’s drive.
Andavadoaka just south of Morombe has quite a lively scene going, and you may want to stop over there. Further south, Salary is a good place to stop for lunch and eat lobster, or spend the night in the company of less adventurous tourists up from Toliara.
If you don’t think your vehicle is up to the coastal trail, the inland route by the RN9 is easier to drive, though you’ll still need a 4x4 – and the scenery’s not as spectacular.
Jun 26, 2013 3:22 AM
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