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July 27, 2003
|This morning we visited a 'private reserve,' land set aside by local entrepreneurs to showcase local flora and fauna. The most famous of these is Berenty, but it's too expense - over $100 per day for a visit - so we go to a cheaper option on the other end of town - same animals, no fancy verandas or restaurants.|
Lemurs are great leapers. They fly from branch to branch. On the ground they can hop, crawl on all fours, or stand upright and dance-walk.
If a lemur could talk he would ask one question: "Do you have a banana?"
To leave Tolagnaro by land takes a minimum of 45 continuous hours on a crowded bus until you reach the main roads and towns. Rather than take that endurance test, we jumped on another Air Mad flight which hopped us a few hundred kilometers up the coast, to Tolear. From here we caught a taxi brousse, or bush taxi, which is a large flatbed with picnic bench seats in the back. The taxi brousse struggled along the sand until we reached a small beach town, Ifaty, where we spent the night.