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Making the vast aquatic stretches of Madagascar ‘s tourist destinations is, in 1963, the great wish of A. Kiener.
If in the West, many smaller lakes are as beautiful and attractive as Kinkony, the province of Antananarivo also has its own, but they are rather volcanic.
Like Lake Itasy, third of the island in extent with its 3,500 hectares, well known to tourists because close to the capital. As far as Ampefy, you can already walk along the shores of the small lake Kavitaha and especially visit these curious facilities built for the capture of eels in the hot season, when they descend the Lily to go to lay eggs.
The visit of the place is rather acrobatic and it is better to venture barefoot – “and without camera” – on culverts made of logs and without ramp. A walk much easier to do is that of the small crater lake of Andranotoraha, “with the romantic and sad waters”, at the bottom of the vast basin. The bravest descend the slopes to mirror in the water.
From the hill of Andranotoraha, the view of the Itasy is very beautiful. The lake is similar in many respects to the smaller but also volcanic lake of Tritriva near Antsirabe. The waters of this lake occupy a real chimney more than 150 meters deep. But if you cross the tracks that make the itasy, you come to the wooded islet also called the Sacred Island, where is the fishing village of Ambatomboro.
To see the lake as a whole, simply take the “jeepable trail” of the Ambohitri-manjaka which culminates at 1807 meters, to get there in the late afternoon. “I confess that this is the most magnificent country and one of the most extraordinary sunsets I have had the pleasure of seeing in Madagascar.” Unlike Tritriva, who at the end of the day takes ” Dark and lugubrious aspect “.
But all the waters of the Great Island are not so calm, for the country is also known by its “rapids” and its “falls” leaping. They mark the great stair steps leading from cliffs to cliffs to the Highlands or to the mountains.
What beautiful waterfalls! But often difficult to access. Such, not far from Lake Itasy, the falls of the Lily; Near Faratsiho, one can quote Kitsamby and Ramainandro; On the Ikopa, we have Antelomita; Near Mahitsy, on the road to Mahajanga, there is Farahantsana; On the eastern route, the Mandraka; On the Lakato-Moramanga axis, Ambodiriana; And on the track Moramanga-Anosibe an’Ala, the falls of Death.
On the outskirts of the central area of ​​the island and in the coastal area, one can always try to visit the Faliarivo Falls in Ambatofinan- drahana, Faraony and Mandrianampotsy along the Fianarantsoa-East Coast line, Ambohi -miera and Namorona at Ifanadiana, from Sakaleona and Andriamovoka to Ambalarondro-Brickaville, from the Mahavavy to Ambilobe, from the Roussettes on the Amber Mountain, from Irony between Bealanana and Antsohihy, from Mahajilo near Miandrivazo …
Around the waters, calm or tumultuous, legends and beliefs are woven, as in the existence of the “Tompondrano”, genius of the waters which is sheltered there and who rumbles during the storms; The “Zazavavindrano”, those cute nymphs of the waters who know so well how to hide from any approach of the indiscreet visitor “in these charming lodgings that are cascading brooks”.
The search for these, according to A. Kiener, will not be long and not far from Antananarivo, the forest stations of Manjakatompo and Antsampandrano, among others, offer walkers their bubbling rivers, in the middle of the forest, And tree ferns.
In the great forest of the East, there are “charming” streams on the banks of which one can often admire a remarkable water plant, known as “ovirandrana”, perforated like a lace: it is “Aponogeton fenestralis “. Without forgetting this small tricolor frog (Mantella madagascariensis) which lives among the mosses, “delightful with orange, black and apple green colors”.