There were LOTS, but I've pared them back to the basics.
(Our African Safari photos the week after are here - https://tinyurl.com/GreatFishRiver )
Antananarivo airport welcome ...... some Malagasy women wear a natural cosmetic which is a bark residue. Interestingly Burmese women also use a similar wood residue to protect their skin.
Antananarivo streetscape - even in the capital city rice paddies are all pervasive.
Antananarivo is universally abbreviated by locals to 'Tana'.
Madagascar was first settled by groups from Borneo before the 5th century AD.
There has since been significant settlement from various African groups but there is a strange ambience of South East Asia in Africa.
Sunday recreation - the national sport is Rugby, but soccer is huge too - both were being played on this field in Tana.
Washing Malagasy style - few people have running water or power, so even in Tana washing is carried on at the river.
Pousse pousse drivers - the Malagasy rickshaw, a popular form of transport in all sizeable towns. Foot power even uphill pulling 2 or 3 passengers as we see here.
Pousse Pousse drivers smoko ....
Typical central highlands rural landscape - wet or dry paddies with two storey brick houses. Usually a few zebu grazing in the paddies.
Typical Malagasy eatery -"Hotely"- lots of rice, fresh vegetables and zebu - the major livestock. Washed down with "Three Horses" beer.
Of course this is Stampboards so my thread would not be complete without a picture of Glen at a Malagasy Post Office - very remote in the countryside.
French colonial legacy - the characteristic French roadside milestone.
Oh, and the bread - even the humblest village seems to have good baguettes.
Main rural transport is the taxi-brousse (a jammed packed minibus). For many the only alternative is walking to and from markets and manually carting back food plus charcoal for cooking and potable water. Kids not exempt.
Ladies on their way to the Ranomafana market.
Village kids - even the youngest child has to pull their weight in the family economy but unlike many pampered western kids with everything these kids with nothing can still manage a cheeky smile.
This little guy aged about 5 is cutting twigs with a machete in the countryside to be converted to charcoal for cooking.
Malagasy folkloric performance.
This little one was watching Mum in the folkloric dancing and hoping for a chocolate biscuit ...... she was not disappointed!
Our 'suite' at Ialatsara Forest camp. No power, lights, or running water, but fabulous food rustled up by Daniel the greenie owner.
And that brings us to the fabulous wildlife - the following pictures were all taken at Ialatsara Forest Camp, Ranomafana National Park, or The Lemur Park.
All the local guides who accompanied us were articulate, enthusiastic and dedicated.
There are definite potential benefits for the country through ecotourism - Ranomafana is a great example, but huge challenges and time is running out at the forests are cut down and converted to charcoal ....
Setting out on our lemur hunt.....and this is what we found:
Cunningly camouflaged Chameleon