A rhythmic “slowly slowly” is how you take it here in Africa. Perhaps that is the philosophy of my journey in this country, to take it easy and to take it slowly, that is when you get to taste the real fun out of a place. Take your time! The legend has it that near the lake Tritriva, two lovers, Rabeniomby and Ravolahanta, not unlike Romeo and Juliet met parental opprobrium to their marriage and, in a sad twist, killed themselves by jumping into the lake. They came back in their next life as trees on either bank who grew to be tall.
They are called the “Hazo Malahelo”, a weeping willow, the sad tree and if one breaks a branch or leaf, red fluid said to be the beloveds’ blood oozes out! The branches of each of the trees grew as creepers intertwined with each other to be joined for ever. A tragic love story of undying love was the great legend of the Lake Tritriva. Then there is the complementary Legend of Lake Andraikiba in which one version has a mad man roaming the banks of this river laughing and dancing. One night, he fell in to the river and drowned. Locals say that they can still hear him laughing and even hear his dance during the night.