Morondava is a picture-postcard beach town in the Menabe region in south west Madagascar. In former times Morondova 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 those who wish to experience relatively remote areas of Madagascar as well as stop-over while travelling to and from Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park.
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.
Nearby attractions include Kirindy Forest (40km northeast), Baobab Avenue (15km east) and Belo sur Mer and Kirindi-Mitea National Park (70km south) and Tsingy de Bemaraha (150 km north). Scenic charter flights back and forth and over the most spectacular areas of Tsingy de Bemaraha can be booked at the Baobab Café. The available aircrafts are Cessna 172 (max. 3 passengers), Cessna 210 (max. 5 passengers) 421 (max. 7 passangers). Various air charters elsewhere in Madagascar can also be booked here.
There is a boat transport (Taxi de la mer) twice a week 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).
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.
Hôtel Les Bougainvilliers
Tel: +261 209552163
La Piroge (about 30km north of town in a small Makao fishing village across a river)
Tel: +261 320778293
Les Philaos (managed by same company as Hotel Central)
Tel: ++261 209552081
Le Reniala au Sable d'Or
Tel: +261 2095 520 89
Tel: +261 2095 520 69
Hotel Le Betalage
Tel: +261 9552732
Cheval de Mer
Tel: +261 9592059
Tel: +261 9552222