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January 6, 2015

Colours of the Amparaky Geysers

Today was my last full day in Madagascar (Wed 12th June 2013), and a day that I was looking forward to even before I’d left to come away. No, not because it was the last day, but because of where I was headed. We had one spare day in Madagascar and rather than spend it shopping or something like that, I’d organised a day trip to the Amperfy region. Normally you would take a few days to do this area, but I didn’t have that long. If you are looking for a tour company, Go Travel Madagascar was great with our day trip. They responded to all of my emails quickly, driver was excellent and spoke very good English and it all ran smoothly. Anyway, on to the trip!

We were leaving at 6:30am and the IC Hotel had kindly provided us with an early breakfast. We had roughly a 3 hour drive to get to our destination, but thankfully missed most of the traffic due to our early start.

Our driver gives a wave

Our driver gives a wave

I think in the first hour of our drive we’d learnt more about the region than we had in our previous days, thanks mainly to our drivers English skills. Of course I can’t remember it now…

Today was a Wednesday and there must have been a market or something soon, as there were a lot of people out with their oxen and carts on the side of the road. Made the drive a little more difficult because you needed to be watching out for them on the side of the road and oncoming traffic out wide to avoid them, all the time. Some of the people were able to sleep in their little wagons, some travelled alone, some travelled in convoy and set up camp all together. Some would walk alongside their animals, some rode on their carts. All had in common some produce (possibly rice or maize), a wagon and some oxen. As some of the oxen strained and fought the yoke that kept them tied to the other ox, I was reminded of that passage of scripture “Take My yoke upon you… For My yoke is easy and my burden is light”. Interesting to see the yoke example in real life.

Some oxen and carts on the road

Some oxen and carts on the road

The geysers at Amparaky were our first stop. It’s an underdeveloped area, which is great for the visitors who do come, perhaps not so great for those in the area if they’re trying to attract visitors. You need to head down a few dirt roads to get there but it’s well worth the drive.

Ladies enjoying the water

Ladies enjoying the water

As we arrived, we were greeted casually by some local guides. Our driver was great and explained that if we wanted to, the local guide could accompany us, and if we wanted to, not obliged to, we could give a tip. The local guide was really helpful, he knew the area, he joined in and had a bit of fun with us, explained things (translated by our driver) – it was such a change to the other local guides we’d had earlier in the trip! (For the record, yes we gave him a tip.)

The local guide

The local guide

Our local guide showed us some of the plants nearby that snapped shut when touched. That was pretty cool! I did manage to get some video of it, but my videoing skills need a lot of work!

Even though the facilities are a little underdeveloped compared to other tourist areas in Madagascar, there are seats, shelters, toilets, a change room and some information signs. The geysers also form pools that you can soak or swim in and the water is lovely and warm. The stream of water from the geysers used to shoot a long way into the air, but unfortunately they don’t go as high anymore. Our local guide put something in it to block one of them right at the start, then at the end we came back and pulled it out. The water shot into the air and we could start to imagine how it used to look for a brief moment (I’m sure it still wasn’t anywhere near what it used to be).

After shooting in the air, still a little lame!

After shooting in the air, still a little lame!

It was a great area, the colours in the rocks, stained that way by the water, were brilliant against the bright blue sky. The reds, oranges and browns of the rocks provided a colourful feast for the eyes and the water brought life and enjoyment to the people. The people there were so friendly and genuinely enjoyed us being there (weren’t trying to hassle us for money or anything). It was such a lovely place, warm, friendly and inviting.

The biggest geyser provides striking colours against the blue sky

The biggest geyser provides striking colours against the blue sky

Even though we were on a fairly tight time budget, we still ended up spending nearly an hour there and could have spent longer. It was a shame to leave. It would be a great place for a picnic and to spend a little more time there.

Having fun

Having fun

Next post – Onward to Liliha Waterfalls

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  1. […] the Amparaky Geysers, we continued our day trip by heading to Liliha Waterfalls, where the village of Antafofo is […]

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