Crocodile Dandy at Antananarivo

Tripoto
18th Jul 2016
Photo of Crocodile Dandy at Antananarivo 1/1 by Anuj Tikku

Londry, my driver and guide in the African Island nation, had been talking about the Crocodile Farm on the outskirts of Antananarivo. I thought it'd be a great opportunity to see the rural side of the country. Most people reside on farms here and the landscape is agrarian. After a bit of snacking on samosas and beef sandwiches, we marched towards the farms through the dusty mud lanes of rural Africa.

Photo of Antananarivo, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar by Anuj Tikku
Photo of Antananarivo, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar by Anuj Tikku

With wooden huts and tins as houses, this was the real Africa. Kids played around unhindered on the side and I had the good fortune to capture a song and dance party in this rustic land. I snapped away at the singer and the audience who were watching the show with intent. A few minutes drive away was the Crocodile Farm.

I paid 30,000 ariary as the entrance fee and was rather enchanted with the various crocodile skulls that were for sale in the local shop. After this began what one could call the reptilian splendour. There were eggs of snakes, chameleons and tortoises on display.

Photo of Crocodile Dandy at Antananarivo by Anuj Tikku
Photo of Crocodile Dandy at Antananarivo by Anuj Tikku

I walked down the park which was rich with the various plants and animals. I, for the first time, got the opportunity to capture the lemur in great detail as I used my power zoom lens for this. I also managed to get a group of four lemurs hopping and munching leaves together. I was so close to them that it was magical.

Photo of Crocodile Dandy at Antananarivo by Anuj Tikku
Photo of Crocodile Dandy at Antananarivo by Anuj Tikku

On the side were ponds where the crocodiles rested. They looked like stone as they hardly move. I clicked away and got some good shots. Right at the centre of the park is a giant lake. Its banks are covered with crocodiles resting in the afternoon and on the trees were while gulls. Some were flying over the pond the others nesting on the trees. As I moved along the narrow path down towards the pond, I got a glimpse of a mighty tortoise strolling towards it shelter and I just clicked away.

Photo of Crocodile Dandy at Antananarivo by Anuj Tikku

All the walking had made me hungry. So I sat down at the local bar and ordered for some shrimp salad which was served to me with neither fuss nor flurry! A very satisfying visit I thought and the chance to see more of the local flora and fauna where I managed to see animals up close and personal. As the afternoon drew to an end, I strolled back up towards the exit but not before buying some vanilla perfume from the shop for myself.

Photo of Crocodile Dandy at Antananarivo by Anuj Tikku
Photo of Crocodile Dandy at Antananarivo by Anuj Tikku
Photo of Crocodile Dandy at Antananarivo by Anuj Tikku
Photo of Crocodile Dandy at Antananarivo by Anuj Tikku
Photo of Crocodile Dandy at Antananarivo by Anuj Tikku

I am really liking this continent and slowly sinking into Africa. I know that I must go further and am planning to cover another five countries now that I am here. I am planning for Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. They should be exciting places to visit. But now, all the focus is on Madagascar, its people and its streets. I also moved into a new hotel which is a bit away from the city. It is quieter and less noisy than the previous one which was in downtown. I am sipping away on my single malt whisky to usher an African sunset so orange and bright that it matches my drink and perhaps, enhance the intoxication and the charms of Africa wild Africa.

Originally posted on tikkustravelthon.in

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