Visiting Vakona

The second section part of our trip to Madagascar was a trip up to the high forest, to stay at Vakona Lodge.

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A shot of Tracey at the entrance to the lodge grounds. The entrance was quite close to the Lemur Island - more on this here.

This is a view (only very slightly obscured by Sebastian) of the main building at Vakona Lodge, as seen from the entrance of our bungalow. The main building includes the dining room and bar. There were 17 separate bungalows, all set around the sides of the lake.

Tracey at the entrance to Vakona Lodge Sebastian overlooking Vakona Lodge

Sebastian again, in front of the very lush vegetation. It was the wet season, and this was in the cloud forest!

Vakona Lodge in the rain.

Tracey at the entrance to Vakona Lodge Sebastian at Vakona Lodge, in the rain

Another shot of Vakona Lodge in the rain. The waterproofs were a very good idea!

Tracey and Sebastian on a little rickety bridge, part of the train that lead from the Lodge itself to the entrance. We had quite a selection of iffy bridges by the end of the holiday!

Vakona Lodge, in the rain Sebastian and Tracey on a little bridge, in the rain

Of course, the lush foliage meant that all sorts of creatures could be found in the undergrowth. You can just see the little green frog peeping out of this plant.

And a large bug in the greenery.

Green frog in the Sisal. Insects in the Sisal

Some of the flowers were wonderfully brightly coloured.

Flowers in Madagascar cloud forest Flowers in Madagascar cloud forest

You can just see the snake underneath the flowers here.

Flowers in Madagascar cloud forest Snake in the flowers in Madagascar cloud forest

One of the things we did while staying at Vakona lodge was a riding trip. This was run from a nearby establishment which was primarily a mill for refining graphite.

Madagascar graphite mill Sebastian in Madagascar graphite mill

The mill was not in use when we visited, but clearly had been in use fairly regularly. Apparently, world demand for graphite (for pencils and lubrication) is falling.

Sebastian in Madagascar graphite mill Sebastian in Madagascar graphite mill

Sebastian meeting the horses.

Sebastian meeting the horses Sebastian meeting the horses

Sebastian and his father practice riding - before getting on the horses.

And now you can see why I needed the practice!

Sebastian and Trevor sitting on a bar Sebastian and Trevor riding

You can tell I'm not a very experienced horseman! Sebastian is much more confident on horseback than I am.

The view was pretty impressive, though.

Trevor riding in Madagascar View from horseback in Madagascar countryside

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