If you've heard about the NRC, you've heard of museum, research center, abandoned place, military base. What is it really? That's what I went to discover.
What does the CNRO propose?
Located at the exit of Hell-city on the road leading to Marodoka and Lokobe, a little before the Indian village, today "ghost town" but which was once the capital of Nosy Be, the domain extends over several hectares.
The highest point of the domain takes you to one of the buildings of the research center itself. Large two-storey building, a magnificent view of the harbor of Hell-City where you can observe the new and the old port, containers to the old dhows, an image that sums up the evolution of Nosy Be. The building is kept but unused. You can observe the technical equipment of the time, the memories of ESP classes will come back to you no doubt.
The CNRO Museum
A little further down, by the sea, is the museum. The museum is run by Mrs. Bakary Cisèle, who is in charge of the site and will guide you during your visit. The museum centralises all the ocean species present in the North of Madagascar, which is not bad knowing that Madagascar is the second richest country on this point.
You will also discover the 3 types of reefs present in the north of Madagascar, Mangrove, beach and coral reef. Their specificities as well as the types of fishing practiced, including those currently prohibited and the reasons. The CNRO works with the fishermen of Nosy Be on the learning of the chain of evolution in order to preserve the food chain (respect of sizes and seasons of fishing.
The last piece of the museum features a sperm whale skeleton recovered in 2010 as well as a whale rib. Even having seen whales in real life, seeing that a single coast is bigger than a human being is worth seeing.
To discover exclusively on site
A model of the SARIMANOK boat, a boat that was used in 1985 by a team of 10 European researchers to recreate the first "civilization" of Nosy Be by making, with a traditional Malagasy boat, the crossing of Africa to Nosy Be, a trip that lasted more than 3 months at sea.
Revisit 1 to 2 hours for this visit which is feasible from Monday to Saturday from 08:00 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 16:00.
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Did you know ?
The highest point of the estate takes you to one of the buildings of the actual research center nicknamed "the tip to fever". This name does not have the sinister meaning that one might believe. It is due to the fact that between 1890 and 1900 the proud soldiers were sent there to heal.