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'''Morondava is a picture-postcard coastal town in the Menabe region within the Tulear district, south west Madagascar. In former times Morondova was a centre of the [[Sakalava]] Kingdom and a popular stop-over for sailors. Now it is an area rich in sugar and rice farming. Today, Morondava is a popular location for tourists to experience relatively remote areas of Madagascar as well as a stop-over travelling to and from [[Tsingy de Bemaraha]].'''
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'''Morondava is a picture-postcard town in the Menabe region in south west Madagascar. In former times Morondava was a centre of the [[Sakalava]] Kingdom and a popular stop-over for sailors. Today the area is rich in sugar and rice farming, while remaining a popular stop-over in particular for tourists travelling to and from [[Tsingy de Bemaraha]] National Park.'''
  
[[File:Morondava 0060.jpg|600px|none|thumb|Beach at Nosy Kely pensinsula in Morondova]]
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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.
<td valign="top">[[File:Morondava 0078.jpg|189px|none|thumb|Sandy road at Nosy Kely pensinsula]]</td>
 
<td valign="top">[[File:Morondava 0082.jpg|189px|none|thumb|Zebu owners]]</td>
 
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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 continues in large parts including some of the remaining baobabs to make way for sugar cane plantations.
 
 
 
Morondava can be reached by a 700km drive from [[Antanarivo]]. 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 and [[Tulear]].
 
  
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Morondava can be reached by a 700km drive from [[Antananarivo]]. 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 Antananarivo and [[Tulear]].
  
 
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<td valign="top">[[File:Morondava 0017.jpg|189px|none|thumb|Nearby [[Baobab Avenue]]]]</td>
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<td valign="top">[[File:Morondava 0117.jpg|189px|none|thumb|Morondava from the air]]</td>
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<td valign="top">[[File:Morondava 0060.jpg|189px|none|thumb|Beach at Nosy Kely]]</td>
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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 over the most spectacular areas of [[Tsingy de Bemaraha]] can be booked in Morondava at the [http://www.baobabtour.com 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.
  
Nearby attractions include Tsingy de Bemaraha (150 km north),
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About 12km from town enroute Baobab Avenue is [[Parc Menabe]], a small zoo including a couple of lemurs, a crocodile, various chameleons and a collection of green Malagasy lovebirds. Additionally, this is an ostrich farm set up by a South African ex-patriot who brought the ostriches to Madagascar. As such, Morondava may be the only place in Madagascar where ostrich meat can be found on restaurant menus. '''Update March 2010:''' As a result of a downturn in tourism, this zoo along with the ostrich farm have closed. However, the animals are still roaming around the park area and are being fed by a zoo keeper.
[[Kirindy Forest]] (40km northeast) and the [[Baobab Avenue]] (15km east). Some 70km south is [[Belo sur Mer]]
 
  
''Taxi de la mer'' (sea taxi) twice weekly between Morondava and Belo sur Mer and takes around 2.5 hours. The price is 50,000 each way. Tickets can be booked at the office in the port or via Hatea Café on Nosy Kely (tel: +261 032 0469261). <!-- or email: [mailto:hatea04@yahoo.fr hatea04@yahoo.fr]. BOUNCED! -->
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''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. <!-- or email: [mailto:hatea04@yahoo.fr hatea04@yahoo.fr]. BOUNCED! -->
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== Accommodation ==
 
== Accommodation ==
  
Morondava offers plenty of accommodation alternatives, ranging from cheap backpacker rooms to comfortable beach bungalows. The hotels are either in the town or on Nosy Kely peninsula, a few minutes walk from the town centre.
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Morondava offers plenty of accommodation alternatives, ranging from budget backpacker rooms to comfortable beach bungalows. The hotels are either in the town or on Nosy Kely peninsula, a few minutes walk from the town centre.
  
 
'''Baobab Café'''<br>
 
'''Baobab Café'''<br>
 
Tel: +261 9552012<br>
 
Tel: +261 9552012<br>
Email: [mailto:baobab@blueline.mg baobab@blueline.mg] or [mailto:baobabtours@blueline.mg baobabtours@blueline.mg]<br>
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Email: [mailto:baobabtours@blueline.mg baobabtours@blueline.mg]<br>
 
Website: [http://www.baobabtour.com www.baobabtour.com]
 
Website: [http://www.baobabtour.com www.baobabtour.com]
  
'''Chez Maggie'''<br>
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'''[[Eden Garden]]'''<br>
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Close to the beach and the post office<br><br>
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'''[[Chez Maggie]]'''<br>
 
Tel: +261 9552347<br>
 
Tel: +261 9552347<br>
 
Email: [mailto:info@chezmaggie.com info@chezmaggie.com]<br>
 
Email: [mailto:info@chezmaggie.com info@chezmaggie.com]<br>
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'''Hôtel Les Bougainvilliers'''<br>
 
'''Hôtel Les Bougainvilliers'''<br>
Tel: +261 20 95 52163 <br>
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Tel: +261 209552163 <br>
Email: N/A
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Email:  [mailto:bvl_nd@yahoo.fr bvl_nd@yahoo.fr]<br>
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'''La Piroge''' (about 30km north of town in a small Makao fishing village across a river)<br>
 
'''La Piroge''' (about 30km north of town in a small Makao fishing village across a river)<br>
Tel: ++261 32 07 782 93<br>
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Tel: +261 320778293<br>
 
Email: [mailto:piroguiers@yahoo.fr piroguiers@yahoo.fr]
 
Email: [mailto:piroguiers@yahoo.fr piroguiers@yahoo.fr]
  
 
'''Les Mantalys''' (near the airport)<br>
 
'''Les Mantalys''' (near the airport)<br>
Tel: +261 32 42 04 877<br>
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Tel: +261 324204877<br>
 
Email: [mailto:hotelmantalys@yahoo.fr hotelmantalys@yahoo.fr]<br>
 
Email: [mailto:hotelmantalys@yahoo.fr hotelmantalys@yahoo.fr]<br>
 
Website: [http://www.hotel-mantalys.com www.hotel-mantalys.com]
 
Website: [http://www.hotel-mantalys.com www.hotel-mantalys.com]
  
 
'''Les Philaos''' (managed by same company as Hotel Central)<br>
 
'''Les Philaos''' (managed by same company as Hotel Central)<br>
Tel: ++261 2095 520 81<br>
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Tel: ++261 209552081<br>
 
Email: [mailto:sica@wanadoo.mg sica@wanadoo.mg]
 
Email: [mailto:sica@wanadoo.mg sica@wanadoo.mg]
  
 
'''Morondava Beach'''<br>
 
'''Morondava Beach'''<br>
Tel: +261 2095 523 18<br>
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Tel: +261 209552318<br>
 
Email: [mailto:mbeach@aic.fr mbeach@aic.fr]<br>
 
Email: [mailto:mbeach@aic.fr mbeach@aic.fr]<br>
 
Website: [http://www.hgi-mbeach.com www.hgi-mbeach.com]
 
Website: [http://www.hgi-mbeach.com www.hgi-mbeach.com]
  
'''Le Reniala au Sable d'Or'''<br>
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'''Hotel Renala'''<br>
Tel: +261 2095 520 89<br>
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Tel: +261 20 9592089<br>
Email: N/A
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Email: [mailto:renala.sabledor@mel.wanadoo.mg renala.sabledor@mel.wanadoo.mg]
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'''Trecicogne'''<br>
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'''Hotel Trecicogne'''<br>
 
Tel: +261 2095 520 69<br>
 
Tel: +261 2095 520 69<br>
 
Email: [mailto:trecicogne@wanadoo.mg trecicogne@wanadoo.mg]
 
Email: [mailto:trecicogne@wanadoo.mg trecicogne@wanadoo.mg]
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'''[[Residence Tiningy]]'''<br>
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Tel: +261 33 37 296 38<br>
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619 Morondava<br>
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Email: [mailto:lapetitetiningy@yahoo.fr lapetitetiningy@yahoo.fr]<br>
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Facebook: [https://www.facebook.com/pages/R%C3%A9sidence-de-Vacances-Tiningy-/205664519480324 https://www.facebook.com/pages/R%C3%A9sidence-de-Vacances-Tiningy-/205664519480324]
  
 
'''Hotel Le Betalage'''<br>
 
'''Hotel Le Betalage'''<br>
 
Tel: +261 9552732<br>
 
Tel: +261 9552732<br>
 
Email: N/A
 
Email: N/A
 
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'''Zoom Hotel'''<br>
 
'''Zoom Hotel'''<br>
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'''Hôtel L'Oasis'''<br>
 
'''Hôtel L'Oasis'''<br>
 
Tel: +261 9552222<br>
 
Tel: +261 9552222<br>
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Morondava is a picture-postcard town in the Menabe region in south west Madagascar. In former times Morondava was a centre of the Sakalava Kingdom and a popular stop-over for sailors. Today the area is rich in sugar and rice farming, while remaining a popular stop-over 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 Antananarivo. 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 Antananarivo and Tulear.

Schooner
Beach at Nosy Kely
Beach at Nosy Kely
Morondava from the air
Beach at Nosy Kely
Round rice fields

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 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.

About 12km from town enroute Baobab Avenue is Parc Menabe, a small zoo including a couple of lemurs, a crocodile, various chameleons and a collection of green Malagasy lovebirds. Additionally, this is an ostrich farm set up by a South African ex-patriot who brought the ostriches to Madagascar. As such, Morondava may be the only place in Madagascar where ostrich meat can be found on restaurant menus. Update March 2010: As a result of a downturn in tourism, this zoo along with the ostrich farm have closed. However, the animals are still roaming around the park area and are being fed by a zoo keeper.

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.

Accommodation

Morondava offers plenty of accommodation alternatives, ranging from budget backpacker rooms to comfortable beach bungalows. The hotels are either in the town or on Nosy Kely peninsula, a few minutes walk from the town centre.

Baobab Café
Tel: +261 9552012
Email: baobabtours@blueline.mg
Website: www.baobabtour.com

Eden Garden
Close to the beach and the post office

Chez Maggie
Tel: +261 9552347
Email: info@chezmaggie.com
Website: www.chezmaggie.com

Hôtel Les Bougainvilliers
Tel: +261 209552163
Email: bvl_nd@yahoo.fr
Website: N/A

La Piroge (about 30km north of town in a small Makao fishing village across a river)
Tel: +261 320778293
Email: piroguiers@yahoo.fr

Les Mantalys (near the airport)
Tel: +261 324204877
Email: hotelmantalys@yahoo.fr
Website: www.hotel-mantalys.com

Les Philaos (managed by same company as Hotel Central)
Tel: ++261 209552081
Email: sica@wanadoo.mg

Morondava Beach
Tel: +261 209552318
Email: mbeach@aic.fr
Website: www.hgi-mbeach.com

Hotel Renala
Tel: +261 20 9592089
Email: renala.sabledor@mel.wanadoo.mg


Hotel Trecicogne
Tel: +261 2095 520 69
Email: trecicogne@wanadoo.mg

Residence Tiningy
Tel: +261 33 37 296 38
619 Morondava
Email: lapetitetiningy@yahoo.fr
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/R%C3%A9sidence-de-Vacances-Tiningy-/205664519480324

Hotel Le Betalage
Tel: +261 9552732
Email: N/A

Zoom Hotel
Tel: +261 9592059
Email: N/A

Hôtel L'Oasis
Tel: +261 9552222
Email: N/A


Additional information