Ox Carting Across Antribe and a Love Affair with a Lake

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Photo of Lake Tritriva, Vakinankaratra, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar by Anuj Tikku

Cruising along the countryside, I came upon and fell in love with the Tritriva lake in the middle of a volcanic crater. It is a volcanic lake formation approximately 160 m deep and part of the mountains of the Vàkinankàratra region of Madagascar. Green waters fill it and a breath-taking view of the forest and rocks surrounds the lake. They had even put zip lines across the lake from one end of the rock to the other and some guys were zipping across like pros. I had a swim and an exhausting trek uphill from the lake.

Photo of Ox Carting Across Antribe and a Love Affair with a Lake by Anuj Tikku
Photo of Ox Carting Across Antribe and a Love Affair with a Lake by Anuj Tikku

The drive across the rural areas of Madagascar gives one a real flavour of this brown and dusty land with clear blue skies and crisp clouds in the air to reach a lake all so enchanting. This made me to swore to come back again. Next day was a trek back to the Tritriva lake. This time I took my shorts and a towel, not to mention, some eats and water. The trek, this time, was easier and I also swam a bit longer and went a longer distance into the lake.

Photo of Ox Carting Across Antribe and a Love Affair with a Lake by Anuj Tikku
Photo of Ox Carting Across Antribe and a Love Affair with a Lake by Anuj Tikku

I had Londry going berserk with the camera capturing the natural glory. I then decided to take a boat till the other end of the lake. This was so that I could capture every angle of the lake and I did. From its jagged rocks to cactus growing wild like creepers on this rock.

Photo of Ox Carting Across Antribe and a Love Affair with a Lake by Anuj Tikku
Photo of Ox Carting Across Antribe and a Love Affair with a Lake by Anuj Tikku

The other end had a huge gash like rock outcropping in it and I, along with my boat, ventured into its narrow opening. Suddenly, I heard shrieks of wild bats fluttering above me. I lost my composure for a while but gained it back as my boatman reassured me that there was nothing to be scared of. I got some great pictures and then strolled up back again to the top of the mountain where we had parked our car. The Lake Tritriva was a mind-blowing experience. It was a little haven of peace, tranquillity and beauty in this wildland.

Photo of Ox Carting Across Antribe and a Love Affair with a Lake by Anuj Tikku
Photo of Ox Carting Across Antribe and a Love Affair with a Lake by Anuj Tikku
Photo of Ox Carting Across Antribe and a Love Affair with a Lake by Anuj Tikku
Photo of Ox Carting Across Antribe and a Love Affair with a Lake by Anuj Tikku

The lake has no fish because it is very cold. Its dead calmness adds to the flavour of the place. I wanted to do the zip line but, then looking at my weight, decided against it. I, as it is, wanted to go right on top of the lake, get in the zip line and jump into the lake. But alas, that was not allowed. The lake, I was told, drains in the rain and fills up in the dry season from underground sources.

Photo of Ox Carting Across Antribe and a Love Affair with a Lake by Anuj Tikku
Photo of Ox Carting Across Antribe and a Love Affair with a Lake by Anuj Tikku

On my way back to the hotel I found some excitement through Ox carting. I stopped an ox cart of two oxen carrying vegetables. I then sat on the cart, took the reins in my hand and the locals cheered as the oxen ran and the cart darted across the buddy village road. It was fun to the core with street kids running and dancing behind my cart. I was waving my ox whip in the air, swirling it around as I was some kind of a conquering king of Madagascar.

Photo of Ox Carting Across Antribe and a Love Affair with a Lake by Anuj Tikku
Photo of Ox Carting Across Antribe and a Love Affair with a Lake by Anuj Tikku
Photo of Ox Carting Across Antribe and a Love Affair with a Lake by Anuj Tikku

Alas, we had to stop as it was getting late and the sun was setting. I thanked the village folks for their hospitality towards a wandering persona and gave them some money for their efforts so that they could appreciate me also! This was indeed a great experience, I thought as after sea carting in the Mauritius, it was now ox carting in Madagascar. Comparing pricing at the end, it cost me lesser than anything I'd seen before.

Photo of Ox Carting Across Antribe and a Love Affair with a Lake by Anuj Tikku
Photo of Ox Carting Across Antribe and a Love Affair with a Lake by Anuj Tikku
Photo of Ox Carting Across Antribe and a Love Affair with a Lake by Anuj Tikku

Man, these places are really valuable for money. A bag full of fun to be had for sure!

Originally posted on tikkustravelthon.in

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