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'''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>
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]

Revision as of 15:39, 14 February 2010

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. Now the area is rich in sugar and rice farming. Morondava is a popular location amongst visitors who seek to experience relatively remote areas of Madagascar as well as a regular stop-over for those travelling to and from Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park.

Schooner in Morondava
Nosy Kely
Zebu owners
Zebu market
Lady with fish
Zebu cart
Zebu cart at sugar cane field

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 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.

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

Nearby attractions include 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.

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.


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

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

Hôtel Les Bougainvilliers
Tel: +261 209552163
Email: 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

Le Reniala au Sable d'Or
Tel: +261 2095 520 89
Email: N/A

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

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

Cheval de Mer
Tel: N/A
Email: N/A

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

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

Hôtel Central
Tel: N/A
Email: N/A