Animal Tracks http://www.animaltracks.co.za Travel Mon, 09 Apr 2018 10:30:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 Magical Madagascar – what you can expert during your Madagascar island holiday http://www.animaltracks.co.za/magical-madagascar-can-expert-madagascar-island-holiday/ http://www.animaltracks.co.za/magical-madagascar-can-expert-madagascar-island-holiday/#respond Mon, 09 Apr 2018 07:00:22 +0000 http://www.animaltracks.co.za/?p=2072 I had been on my Madagascar island holiday for half an hour and already could feel its magic. Our driver stopped […]

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I had been on my Madagascar island holiday for half an hour and already could feel its magic. Our driver stopped the car a few kilometres from Nosy Be airport. As he walked into the plantation of gnarly trees on the side of the road, I thought it was for the call of nature. But no, he reappeared with a handful of creamy yellow flowers. “Here, smell,” he said, crushing them under my nose. As the sweet fragrance filled the car, I realised this was ylang-ylang, the exotic scent that gives Nosy Be its nickname of Perfume Island.

Explore Nosy Be 

But Nosy Be is about far more than just ylang ylang. It is a jumping off point to explore the coastline and many smaller islands scattered off north-west Madagascar. Knowing little about Madagascar we had booked our trip with Sabine Bultemeier of Animaltracks Islandventures. After spending a night at Vanila Hotel, (with its magnificent tropical garden and private beach) we boarded a small boat. Our destination was Naturalia Lodge, an hour away on an isolated 12 km long stretch of white beach on the mainland. Here we discovered lemurs, snorkelled on coral reefs and saw exotic birds. But for me, the highlight was the ecolodge itself. Ten bungalows made from natural materials are scattered amongst the indigenous forest. There is no pumped water and a simple system of scooping water from a large barrel next to the shower is all you need. There are self-composting toilets and an ingenious solar water heating system. Outside each bungalow is a large box filled with plastic water bottles. The box has a glass lid and the sun heats up the water bottles, perfect for a hot shower to warm up after snorkelling. A similarly inventive system is used to pour water into the basin – which has no taps. Instead, a piece of hollow bamboo has a spout attached to its side. We scooped water from the barrel into the bamboo, and it slowly poured out of the spout into the basin. Magical.

From Naturalia we went to Sakatia Lodge, a dive resort on Sakatia island. Here the magic is found underwater. Sakatia Lodge is a Mecca for divers from around the world. Their NAUI centre offers a range of dives from shallow pristine coral to night dives, walls and steep drop-offs.  There is a reef that rings the island and is perfect for snorkelling. We spent hours marvelling at the kaleidoscopic assortment of coral and tropical fish and watching giant turtles graze on seagrass.

Just a short hop away we were back on Nosy Be. After exploring the island in a 4×4 we were hot and tired when we arrived at Home La Residence, on the northern tip of the island. We were greeted with tropical rum cocktails and an infinity pool, idyllic after our dusty 4×4 trip. This is a self-catering lodge with a variety of options for couples to family groups. There is also the option of eating at the delicious restaurant. To further de-stress, there is a spa situated under a massive (and surely magical) Banyan tree, its multiple branches creating an oasis of calm and serenity.

Our final stop was Ravintsara Wellness Hotel, on the west coast of Nosy Be. Here our welcoming drink was a large fresh coconut with a straw. Naturally delicious.  Set in five hectares of sub-tropical gardens Ravintsara’s spa, hammam and reflexology salon overlook lily ponds surrounded by psychedelic red and orange heliconias and coconut palms. The swimming pool, with palm trees in its middle, is on the edge of the beach, almost merging with the sea. From here I watched our last sunset, brilliantly tinged with tropical pink.  A perfect rejuvenation spot to end a magical holiday.

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I had been in Madagascar for half an hour and already could feel its magic. Our driver stopped the car a few kilometres from Nosy Be airport. As he walked into the plantation of gnarly trees on the side of the road, I thought it was for the call of nature. But no, he reappeared with a handful of creamy yellow flowers. “Here, smell,” he said, crushing them under my nose. As the sweet fragrance filled the car, I realised this was ylang ylang, the exotic scent that gives Nosy Be its nickname of Perfume Island.

But Nosy Be is about far more than just ylang ylang. It is a jumping off point to explore the coastline and many smaller islands scattered off north west Madagascar. Knowing little about Madagascar we had booked our trip with Sabine Bultemeier of Animaltracks Islandventures. After spending a night at Vanila Hotel, (with its magnificent tropical garden and private beach) we boarded a small boat. Our destination was Naturalia Lodge, an hour away on an isolated 12 km long stretch of white beach on the mainland. Here we discovered lemurs, snorkelled on coral reefs and saw exotic birds. But for me the highlight was the ecolodge itself. Ten bungalows made from natural materials are scattered amongst the indigenous forest. There is no pumped water and a simple system of scooping water from a large barrel next to the shower is all you need. There are self composting toilets and an ingenious solar water heating system. Outside each bungalow is a large box filled with plastic water bottles. The box has a glass lid and the sun heats up the water bottles, perfect for a hot shower to warm up after snorkelling. A similarly inventive system is used to pour water into the basin – which has no taps. Instead, a piece of hollow bamboo has a spout attached to its side. We scooped water from the barrel into the bamboo, and it slowly poured out of the spout into the basin. Magical.

From Naturalia we went to Sakatia Lodge, a dive resort on Sakatia island. Here the magic is found underwater. Sakatia Lodge is a Mecca for divers from around the world. Their NAUI centre offers a range of dives from shallow pristine coral to night dives, walls and steep drop-offs.  There is a reef that rings the island and is perfect for snorkelling. We spent hours marvelling at the kaleidoscopic assortment of coral and tropical fish, and watching giant turtles graze on sea grass.

Just a short hop away we were back on Nosy Be. After exploring the island in a 4×4 we were hot and tired when we arrived at Home La Residence, on the northern tip of the island. We were greeted with tropical rum cocktails and an infinity pool, idyllic after our dusty 4×4 trip. This is a self-catering lodge with a variety of options for couples to family groups. There is also the option of eating at the delicious restaurant. To further de-stress, there is a spa situated under a massive (and surely magical) Banyan tree, its multiple branches creating an oasis of calm and serenity.

Our final stop was Ravintsara Wellness Hotel, on the west coast of Nosy Be. Here our welcoming drink was a large fresh coconut with a straw. Naturally delicious.  Set in five hectares of sub-tropical gardens Ravintsara’s spa, hammam and reflexology salon overlook lily ponds surrounded by psychedelic red and orange heliconias and coconut palms. The swimming pool, with palm trees in its middle, is on the edge of the beach, almost merging with the sea. From here I watched our last sunset, brilliantly tinged with tropical pink.  A perfect rejuvenation spot to end a magical holiday.

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I am woken by a strange bird call. It’s a gurgling sound, similar to our rainbird. But this is Madagascar, where everything is different. From my bed, I look out the doorway of the A-Frame bungalow at the waves lapping a few metres away. We are on tiny Nosy Iranja island, off the north-west coast of Madagascar. With palm trees, powder-white beaches and translucent turquoise water, it is the quintessential Indian Ocean island.

Yesterday we were on a boat, travelling from Nosy Be, the largest of over 250 islands that surround Madagascar. Kiki, our skipper, is tall with polarizing sunglasses, making it easier for him to spot underwater creatures. We are with Safari Baleine, which specialises in whale sharks, cetaceans and turtles. He slows the boat, telling us to put on our fins and masks. A frenzied school of shiny bonito are leaping – a marker that whale sharks are nearby as they eat the same diet of plankton and krill. Kiki points to starboard and gently we enter. And there below us, all eight metres of it, is the largest fish of our seas. Its wide head and spotted back are a mere metre beneath me, with synchronised pilot fish keeping pace with his every move.  I think it will be easy to keep up, as he is moving ever so gently. But as I swim faster and faster, the sea giant slowly and silently moves away. Luckily for us this is the season when they migrate here and we find three more.

Swimming with whale sharks builds an appetite and on Nosy Iranja we feast beneath shady badamier trees: Octopus curry, red snapper, fresh vegetables, coconut rice, prawn skewers and zebu brochettes (extremely heat-tolerant humped cattle that were brought here from India). Afterwards, we walk through the village. The women’s displays of beautifully embroidered cloth bring a prickle to my eyes. My parents visited Madagascar in 1972 and my Mother bought a large tablecloth, which I recently inherited. Nearly fifty years later, I find an almost identical cloth, with intricately embroidered figures and village scenes. In the morning, at low tide, we walk across the exposed sandbar connecting Nosy Iranje to an even smaller island, Iranja Kely. We are the first to cross, leaving our footprints in the virgin sand.

Back on Nosy Be we explore the energetic town of Hell-ville, with noisy markets selling fresh fish, spices and vegetables. In a plantation just outside Hell-ville, our guide, Mari-La, stops the car and picks flowers from gnarly bonsai-looking trees.  She crushes them and the exquisite scent of fresh ylang ylang fills the car. “Keep them,” she says, “they smell stronger when they dry.” This is the tree that gives Nosy Be its nickname “Perfume Island.”

Another day, another island. Nosy Sakatia is a ten-minute boat ride from the west coast of Nosy Be. Sakatia Lodge, set on the beach at the foot of the Sacred Mountain, is a Mecca for divers from around the world. Their NAUI centre offers a range of dives from shallow pristine coral to night dives, walls and steep drop-offs.  We catch a lift with the dive boat and are dropped off to snorkel the reef ringing the island. We marvel at the kaleidoscopic assortment of coral and tropical fish. On the way in we encounter five Green Sea Turtles, grazing on seagrass. Measuring two metres from nose to tail, they pay no attention to us as we sink down to watch them.

I am woken from my afternoon nap by a grunting noise. It is a lemur, climbing through the wooden shutters above me. It is followed by another and then a third, with a baby clinging to her tummy. Soon the veranda and bungalow are filled with their fruity aroma as a conspiracy of lemurs arrives. We quickly realise the bunch of bananas – their favourite delicacy – in our bungalow has attracted them. We hide it but still they hang over the doors, watching us, climbing onto our shoulders to see if we have something in our hands and making effortless flying leaps from rafter to rafter. I fall in love with their huge curious eyes, soft fluffy tails and tiny gentle hands.

Our last night is spent is spent at Ravantsara, a wellness centre on the west coast of Nosy Be. Set in five hectares of sub-tropical gardens its spa, hammam and reflexology salon overlook lily ponds surrounded by psychedelic red and orange heliconias and coconut palms   A perfect rejuvenation spot to end a holiday.

When the familiar strident sound of hadedas wakes me, I know I am home. On my bedside table is a collection of goodies I’d emptied from my pocket the night before, including a dried ylang ylang flower. Mari-la was right – the scent is even stronger dried. I inhale its exotic fragrance, a reminder that the trip to Madagascar was not a dream.

Travel Tips

MUST-SEE SIGHT: Visit a plantation to see vanilla, cocoa, pepper and much more growing. 80% of the world’s vanilla comes from Madagascar.

NICE-TO-KNOW: Don’t drink the tap water. Rather stock up on bottled water at the supermarket than buy at the hotels.

WHAT TO DRINK:   Three Horse Beer is a popular and delicious local beer. Do try sampling some of the local rums infused with fruit and spices.

Planning your trip

GETTING THERE:  Air Link has weekly flights to Nosy Be and daily flights to Antananarivo. flyairlink.com

Our trip was arranged by Animaltracks Islandventures

VISAS: Get your visa on entry for €25

CURRENCY: The Malagasy Ariary. Preferably take euros, which you can change at the airport when you arrive. Many hotels accept euros.

WHERE TO STAY: There is a range of accommodation from five-star luxury to comfortable  bungalows on the beach

GETTING AROUND: The roads are bad and you average 30 km an hour. Boats are frequent between the islands and many hotels offer shuttle services.

WHEN TO GO: The best time for the Nosy Be area is the dry season from May to October

CREDIT: Text: Jane Griffiths. Photographs: Jane Griffiths and Keith Knowlton

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From Madagascar With Love… This Valentine’s Day http://www.animaltracks.co.za/madagascar-love-valentines-day/ http://www.animaltracks.co.za/madagascar-love-valentines-day/#respond Mon, 29 Jan 2018 06:50:15 +0000 http://www.animaltracks.co.za/?p=2033 When people hear the word Madagascar they normally think of the famous animated movie and lemurs. However, this fascinating island off […]

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When people hear the word Madagascar they normally think of the famous animated movie and lemurs. However, this fascinating island off the south-eastern coast of Africa is much more than that. It is an island paradise providing an escape from the day-t-day stresses of life.  Animal Tracks provides the perfect Madagascar holiday package for your adventure.

What to Do in Madagascar

Beyond being an island paradise, Madagascar has a unique island ecology with rainforests, coral reefs, arid climates where baobabs towers and beautiful beaches – all bundled into a small island. Nosy Be is an island just off Madagascar’s coast where you will find volcanic lakes, intricate coral reefs and rum distilleries that are just waiting to be explored. Madagascar tours allow you to see and experience the wealth of scenery and ecology. Our family holiday packages include tours and expeditions to the exotic locales found on this island paradise.

  • Avenue of the Baobabs
    The Avenue of the Baobabs is a group of baobab trees lining the dirt road between Morondava and Belon’i Tsiribihina in the Menabe region of western Madagascar. The experience of using this road is very impressive. It’s a row of about 20 to 25 imposing Baobab trees along some 260-meter long stretch of the road and in the nearby pastures between Morondava and Belo Tsiribihina.
  • Isalo National Park
    Isalo National Park, often referred to as the “Jurassic Park”, is home to some of Madagascar’s most stunning scenery. Isalo’s landscape consists of eroded uniform sandstone formations dating to the Jurassic period, deep canyons with riparian forests, palm-lined oases, fire-resistant Tapia forests and open grasslands. It is arguably the best place to see ring-tailed lemurs and white sifakas dancing and jumping.
  • Tsingy De Bemaraha
    Tsingy De Bemaraha is one of Madagascar’s newest parks (opened in 1998). The 152 000 ha Bemaraha is best known for its tsingy sharp limestone pinnacles that may reach 45 m in height. Cut through the tsingy are canyons and gorges full of rich fauna and flora. It is home to many animal species, including 11 types of lemur, amongst them the unique Decken’s sifaka, The Red-fronted brown lemurs, and the critically endangered Madagascar fish-eagle. The Manambola river canyon which forms the southern boundary of the park is simply breath-taking and magnificent.

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We have created holiday packages for over 20 years in Madagascar. So, we have the experience and expertise to make your affordable island holiday a memorable one. You can find examples of itineraries here, and our list of hotels here. If deep sea fishing excites you, you can learn more here. For more general information, contact us today.

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Madagascar – Honeymoon in Africa’s most unspoiled island paradise http://www.animaltracks.co.za/madagascar-honeymoon-africas-unspoiled-island-paradise/ http://www.animaltracks.co.za/madagascar-honeymoon-africas-unspoiled-island-paradise/#respond Mon, 04 Sep 2017 07:00:33 +0000 http://www.animaltracks.co.za/?p=1871 Romance is the main objective when planning a honeymoon – that’s why Madagascar makes for the perfect setting. For a honeymoon […]

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Romance is the main objective when planning a honeymoon – that’s why Madagascar makes for the perfect setting. For a honeymoon package that caters to the needs of a couple in love, Madagascar is the perfect destination. A tropical island honeymoon provides the perfect start to your new life together. Whether you plan to laze on the beach soaking up the sun, spend hours sipping on cocktails and making plans together or exploring the island’s unusual habitat, it’s a simple fact that your Madagascar honeymoon will not disappoint.

When considering Madagascar tours, you will discover that the island is a somewhat under rated affordable honeymoon destination. There’s great value for money to be found on this island with its sandy white beaches, romantic little chalets and its very own private nature reserve.

Madagascar is an unspoiled destination. The setting is rustic along with the accommodation and the infrastructure is minimalist, to say the least. This, however, does not detract from the fact that it’s one of Africa’s most stunning tropical islands and will provide the perfect remote, romantic honeymoon spot for you and your partner.

What to Expect When You Spend Your Honeymoon in Madagascar 

Madagascar is teeming with wildlife that’s unusual to Africa. While you will undoubtedly want to spend time on the beach, exploring the island’s wildlife is not to be missed. Wake up to the call of the Lemurs of Andasibe and prepare to be entertained by the dancing Sifakas as they carelessly bound along.  And that’s just the start to the unusual sights you will see in Madagascar.  Here’s what you can expect as honeymooners:

  • Cuisine: Madagascar experiences a fusion of foods influenced by African, French, Arab and Indonesian cultures. Many of the meals have a rice base and are served with vegetables, curries and a variety of herbs. The desserts are fruit and vanilla based.
  • Local Hospitality: The island’s locals are very warm and friendly. Malagasy is the the first language, with French being used for business.  English, however, is limited.
  • Beaches: The beaches are pristine and unspoiled. In many regards, Madagascar is the epitome of a tropical paradise.

Sold on the idea of Madagascar as your island honeymoon destination? Then it’s time to book! If you are interested in booking a Madagascar honeymoon that’s as exhilarating as it is affordable, take the time to get in touch with us at Animal Tracks.  Simply send us an email or give us a call today.

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If you are looking for Madagascar holiday activities, you have come to just the right place. Birdwatching in Madagascar is an activity to be enjoyed like absolutely nowhere else in the world. The 265 species of fascinating (some even endangered) birds that inhabit the island are one of the country’s biggest draw cards. A whopping 140 of these bird species are endemic to the island. They are the very reason why birdwatching enthusiasts and ornithologists flock to the country. Of course, you don’t have to be a pro to thoroughly enjoy all the birdwatching opportunities that your holiday in Madagascar will offer. It’s an activity for anyone to enjoy and trust us, these birds are a sight to behold!

Birds to look out for while on holiday in Madagascar

Grab your binoculars, a bird watching check-list and get ready to check off some of the beautiful sightings you are bound to have while holidaying in Madagascar. Here are a few feathered friends that you can expect to see:

  • Madagascar Gmgogene
  • White Breasted Mesite
  • Banded Kestrel
  • Crested Ibis
  • Madagascar Fish Eagle
  • Madagascar Teal
  • Sickle-billed Vanga
  • Red-Capped Couas
  • Coquerel’s Couas

Best time to go Birdwatching in Madagascar

If your main holiday activity in Madagascar is birdwatching, it’s probably best to visit during Spring and early Summer stretching from the end of August until December. Your best bird sightings will be experienced in the following regions/areas:

  • Eastern rainforest,
  • Tropical dry forests in the western lowlands,
  • Transition forest of Zombitse, and
  • The south-west coast from Ifaty Beach to St Augustin Bay.

To ensure that you get the most out of your birdwatching holiday in Madagascar, make sure that you book ahead and carefully plan your itinerary with an experienced agent who is familiar with the island and all that it has to offer.

For more Madagascar holiday packages, travel information and advice, contact us via email or telephone at Animal Tracks today.

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Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Honeymoon in Madagascar http://www.animaltracks.co.za/top-5-reasons-why-you-should-honeymoon-in-madagascar/ http://www.animaltracks.co.za/top-5-reasons-why-you-should-honeymoon-in-madagascar/#respond Mon, 03 Jul 2017 07:00:25 +0000 http://www.animaltracks.co.za/?p=1811 Everyone has their own idea of what the perfect honeymoon entails. If you’re currently looking for destinations to make your dream […]

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Everyone has their own idea of what the perfect honeymoon entails. If you’re currently looking for destinations to make your dream honeymoon come true, we recommend you consider spending your honeymoon in Madagascar. Madagascar is somewhat of a hidden gem and has so much more to offer than one could imagine. There is so much that makes Madagascar holiday packages popular for honeymooners.

 

  1. Adventure Activities in Madagascar

It will get your heart racing! Okay, your heart will already be racing with the excitement of starting your new lives together, but Madagascar is also an adventure destination. You and your partner will be presented with unique opportunities to bond while diving, snorkelling, swimming, whale watching and hiking together.

 

  1. Wildlife in Madagascar

Wildlife that will wow you! Living in South Africa, you’re probably fairly used to wildlife, but certainly not the kind of unique wildlife that Madagascar offers. You won’t be confronted with large predators, but more interesting creatures that will draw you in with their unusual looks and characters. Madagascar is well known for its Fossa, Tenrecs, Aye Aye and many more strange creatures that are bound to intrigue and delight you.

 

  1. Pristine, Unspoiled Beaches

You won’t be disturbed. That’s right, Madagascar’s beaches are secluded and remote. If you’re worried about sharing the pristine sand and crystal clear waters with crowds of tourists, don’t be. You will have the opportunity to bask in the sun and while away the hours romantically staring into each other’s eyes while catching that much-desired tropical tan. We recommend you pay a visit to the best beaches in the country which include: Nosy Be, Ile Sainte Marie, Ifaty and Fort Dauphin. Palm lined unspoiled beaches with only the view of local fisherman in their pirogues (traditional dugout canoes) are to be expected on Madagascar’s beaches.

 

  1. The Interesting Culture

The culture will intrigue you. The locals in Madagascar are ruled by their varying superstitions and traditions and things certainly get interesting when you consider the mix of African, Arab and Indian inhabitants. You will be made to feel right at home as locals have a friendly disposition and are more than happy to share the culture and lifestyle with visitors.

 

  1. No Madagascar Holiday is Complete Without Tasting Local Food

The food will tantalise your taste buds! Like everything else in Madagascar, the food will be like nothing you have ever experienced before. Seafood is a staple in the country with freshly caught oyster, crab and lobster readily available.  If you’re looking for a snack to tide you over, the locals will often offer you a helping of rice which is served with banana and seafood. The desserts are usually made up of sugary tropical fruits with vanilla. Some popular traditional dishes that we recommend you try include:

 

  • Foza sy hena-kisoa: stir fried pork and crab served with rice,

 

  • Lasopy: soup made from veal, carrots, turnips, potatoes, scallions, tomatoes and beans. It is served with crackers and bread.

 

And that’s just five of our top reasons for you to consider our honeymoon holiday packages in Madagascar. For more travel information and package prices, contact us via email or telephone at Animal Tracks today.

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Scuba Diving & Snorkelling in Madagascar http://www.animaltracks.co.za/scuba-diving-snorkelling-madagascar/ http://www.animaltracks.co.za/scuba-diving-snorkelling-madagascar/#respond Mon, 05 Jun 2017 07:00:26 +0000 http://www.animaltracks.co.za/?p=1844 Scuba diving and snorkelling in Madagascar are some of the top tourist activities on offer. When you book a holiday in […]

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Scuba diving and snorkelling in Madagascar are some of the top tourist activities on offer. When you book a holiday in Madagascar, it is highly recommended that you give it a try! It’s no surprise that this island is a world-renowned diving hotspot. For starters, it hosts one of the world’s longest continuous coral reefs. In addition to this, you can find 34 species of whale and dolphin, 56 species of shark, 5 species of turtle, 300 hard corals and over 1300 bony fish around the coast of the island. It’s a scuba diver’s and snorkeler’s dream!

Best Time to Book a Diving Holiday in Madagascar

It’s important to note that dive centres aren’t open all year around due to the cyclone season. Diving holidays are not hosted between January to March each year. The best time to book a diving holiday in Madagascar is between May and December and in July and August. These are considered peak diving and snorkelling seasons as you get great visibility and good weather too.

Best Places for Diving and Snorkelling in Madagascar

If you’re looking for the best diving travel packages, consider those that offer diving opportunities around Mitsio, which is just north of Nosy Be, or even the Radames archipelago, which is west of Nosy Be. Humpback whale sightings are common in Saint Marie between July and September. Turtles, Mata Rays and Stingrays often frequent Nosy Kamba, Nosy Tanikely, Nosy Sakatia, Nosy Mitsio and Nosy Iranja.

If you want to experience the best possible holiday in Madagascar, it’s highly recommended that you book with a professional and experienced agency that deals with the most reputable dive centres. It’s important to book a scuba diving and snorkelling holiday at the right time of year and with the right dive centre if you want to get the most of the experience.

For more information and advice on diving and snorkelling holidays in Madagascar, contact us via email or telephone at Animal Tracks today.

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MALAGACHE VEGETABLE SOUP (Lasopy) http://www.animaltracks.co.za/malagache-vegetable-soup-lasopy/ http://www.animaltracks.co.za/malagache-vegetable-soup-lasopy/#respond Fri, 29 Jul 2016 08:30:52 +0000 http://www.animaltracks.co.za/?p=605 Serves 4 Ingredients 1.1L/40fl.oz. Fresh Veal Stock 4 Carrots, thickly sliced 1 Turnip, peeled and cubed 8 Spring Onions, cut into […]

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Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1.1L/40fl.oz. Fresh Veal Stock
  • 4 Carrots, thickly sliced
  • 1 Turnip, peeled and cubed
  • 8 Spring Onions, cut into 5cm/2-inch lengths
  • 175g/6oz Runner Beans, cut into 5cm/2-inch lengths
  • 175g/6oz Fresh Tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • Salt and Black Pepper

Place all the ingredients in a large saucepan, bring to the boil then reduce the heat, partially cover and simmer for 1 hour.

Allow to cool a little then transfer to a food processor and process to a quite thick puree. Return to the pan, adjust the seasoning and reheat gently. Serve very hot.

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VEAL CHOPS WITH GREEN PEPPER SAUCE http://www.animaltracks.co.za/veal-chops-with-green-pepper-sauce/ http://www.animaltracks.co.za/veal-chops-with-green-pepper-sauce/#respond Fri, 29 Jul 2016 08:20:36 +0000 http://www.animaltracks.co.za/?p=600 Serves 4 Ingredients 4 Veal Chops Salt and Black Pepper 2 tbsp Butter 1 tbsp Olive Oil 2 tbsp Green Peppercorns […]

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Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 4 Veal Chops
  • Salt and Black Pepper
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp Green Peppercorns in Brine, drained
  • 2 tbsp Brandy
  • 50ml/2fl.oz Chicken Stock
  • 120ml/4fl.oz. Double Cream

Preheat the oven to 200C, 400F, Gas Mark6 and season the veal chops with salt.

Heat the butter and the olive oil in a large frying pan until very hot then add the veal chops and brown on both sides.

Transfer to the chops to a shallow ovenproof dish using a pair of tongs or a slotted spoon, and roast in the oven for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile add the green peppercorns to the remaining juices in the frying pan and heat over a low heat while you warm the brandy in a separate small saucepan.

Carefully ignite the warm brandy and pour into the frying pan.
Once the flames have subsided, add the stock and boil, stirring for 1 minute.

Add the cream, mix well then continue to cook for 3-4 minutes until the sauce thickens.

Adjust the seasoning of the sauce then pour over the cooked veal chops. Serve immediately.

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