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'''Morondava is a picture-postcard beach town in the Menabe region in south west Madagascar. In former times Morondova Morondava was a centre of the [[Sakalava]] Kingdom and a popular stop-over for sailors. Now Today the area is rich in sugar and rice farming. Morondava is , while remaining a popular location amongst those who wish to experience relatively remote areas of Madagascar as well as stop-over while in particular for tourists travelling to and from [[Tsingy de Bemaraha]] National Park.'''
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As the population has grown in the region the forests have also been gradually cut down, except the baobab trees which the locals has preserved for religious reasons. However, unfortunately deforestation to make way for sugar cane plantations continues in large areas including some of the remaining baobabs.
Morondava can be reached by a 700km drive from [[AntanarivoAntananarivo]]. However, the road conditions in the latter part of the journey, the 120km between [[Miandrivazo]] and [[Malaimbandy]], are especially poor and can take six hours. The entire drive can take between 11 and 18 hours. As such, Morondava is best reached by plane. There are daily flights by [[Air Madagascar]] connecting Antanarivo Antananarivo and [[Tulear]].
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Nearby attractions include [[Kimony Beach]] (2½ hour walk), [[Kirindy Forest]] (40km northeast), [[Baobab Avenue]] (15km east), [[Belo sur Mer]] and [[Kirindi-Mitea National Park]] (70km south) and [[Tsingy de Bemaraha]] (150km north). Scenic charter flights back over the most spectacular areas of [[Tsingy de Bemaraha]] can be booked in Morondava at the [ Baobab Café]. Available aircrafts are Cessna 172 (max. 3 passengers), Cessna 210 (max. 5 passengers) or Cessna 421 (max. 7 passangers). Air charters elsewhere in Madagascar can also be booked here.
There About 12km from town enroute Baobab Avenue is [[Parc Menabe]], a boat transport (Taxi de la mer) twice small zoo including a week between Morondava couple of lemurs, a crocodile, various chameleons and Belo sur Mer and takes around 2a collection of green Malagasy lovebirds.5 hoursAdditionally, this is an ostrich farm set up by a South African ex-patriot who brought the ostriches to Madagascar. The price is 50As such,000 each way. Tickets can Morondava may be booked at the office only place in the port or via Hatea Café Madagascar where ostrich meat can be found on Nosy Kely (tel: +261 032 0469261)restaurant menus. <!-- or email'''Update March 2010: [mailto:hatea04@yahoo''' As a result of a downturn in tourism, this zoo along with the ostrich farm have hatea04@yahooHowever, the animals are still roaming around the park area and are being fed by a zoo]. BOUNCED! -->
''Taxi de la mer'' is a boat transfer that runs twice a week between Morondava and Belo sur Mer and which takes about 2½ hours. The price is 50,000 each way. Reservations can be made at the office in the port or at the ''Hatea Café'' on Nosy Kely. Tel: +261 032 0469261. <table width="600" cellpadding="4" cellspacing="0" style="border!-- or email: [mailto: 1px solid #cecfce"><tr><]. BOUNCED! --> <googlemap version="0.9" lat="-20.290819" lon="44.277091" type="satellite" zoom="15" controls="large" style="width:100%;max-width:600px;">
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== Accommodation ==
'''Baobab Café'''<br>
Tel: +261 9552012<br>
Email: [] or []<br>
Website: []
'''[[Eden Garden]]'''<br>Close to the beach and the post office<br><br> '''[[Chez Maggie]]'''<br>
Tel: +261 9552347<br>
Email: []<br>
'''Hôtel Les Bougainvilliers'''<br>
Tel: +261 209552163 <br>
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'''La Piroge''' (about 30km north of town in a small Makao fishing village across a river)<br>
Website: []
'''Le Reniala au Sable d'OrHotel Renala'''<br>Tel: +261 2095 520 8920 9592089<br>Email: N/A[]  
'''Hotel Trecicogne'''<br>
Tel: +261 2095 520 69<br>
Email: []
'''[[Residence Tiningy]]'''<br>
Tel: +261 33 37 296 38<br>
619 Morondava<br>
Email: []<br>
Facebook: []
'''Hotel Le Betalage'''<br>
Tel: +261 9552732<br>
Email: N/A
'''Cheval de Mer'''<br>
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'''Zoom Hotel'''<br>
'''Hôtel L'Oasis'''<br>
Tel: +261 9552222<br>
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'''Hôtel Central'''<br>
Tel: N/A<br>
Email: N/A
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