Madagascar is still a country untouched by tourism and us being the first yacht to visit the new Rio Tinto port of E’lohara. People although extremely poor are hard-working either fishing the traditional way or working in the field, without the begging attitude of the Indians or Asians and for that one feels to give generously in any possible way. Handing out clothes and fishing hooks has made early Xmas for some.
The forests (what is left, as most is being cut to make charcoal) is so diverse, that they vary from dry, medium and wet within a few miles of each other.
Land travel is only by four-wheel drive and most in low gear.
The basic diet of the Malagasy is rice, consuming 1 kilo per day for 3 persons. The majority of people are young which say that the average live expectancy is not high.
We will sail around the South of Madagascar to Tulear on the South West on Tuesday and wait there for a weather window that will allow us to sail to Durban or Richards Bay