Tamatave, the main city of eastern Madagascar is a five-hour drive from the capital on the RN2. On this national, you will have the impression of being on a toboggan before reaching the eastern part of the Big Island with humid tropical climate and lush green vegetation all year long. The trip can also be done by train, aboard an old Micheline who will lead you through a nature more and more exuberant as you move away from the highlands. The way also goes through some nature reserves that are well worth a detour.
"The Madagascan Venice"
At the entrance of Tamatave, you will immediately notice the somewhat oriental atmosphere of the city accentuated by the many rickshaws that roam the streets some dilapidated. The nickname "Malagasy Venice" given to the city comes from the torrents of water that fall almost permanently on the city. The airport is 5 km from the center and the bus station, accessible by taxi or rickshaw, is located northwest of the city. For housing, there are many hotels whose average prices are between 8 and 15 euros. Other more prestigious establishments offer the night between 22 and 25 euros.
12 km north of Tamatave, the Ivoloina zoo is accessible from the bus station via a bush taxi and after 4 km of walking. The track that leads to it is however practicable if you rent a car on time. The park, created in 1963, is open daily between 9 am and 5 pm against payment of an entrance fee. You can visit it without a guide. Ivoloina is home to 13 species of lemurs, captive or free, radiata and pryxis turtles and chameleons. You can also enjoy a ride on a pirogue. Note that it is also possible to camp in Ivoloina Park which also has many places to picnic.