Fort Dauphin, or Tôlañaro, is the largest city in southern Madagascar. Built on the south eastern coast, it is a major port town, and contains an eclectic bunch of people.
One of Fort Dauphin’s ports.
Fort Dauphin, as with every other city in Madagascar, has a great deal of destitution and poverty.
The only way to get around.
Taxis are abundant, and often honk at white people as they drive by, advertising their services
Men work on their truck, which has broken down in the middle of the road
New buildings are springing up all over the city.
The town could scarcely be more spectacularly set, bordered to the north by mountains, visible from almost every spot in the city.
Trucks in the city are typically of ancient construction
The streets of Fort Dauphin
The mountains loom over backstreets
Fort Dauphin is under constant improvement. Recently, Rio Tinto has shoved a large amount of money into road improvements, leading to pavement in many places.
The main road along the coast – it has been redone this year.
Actually, it is in the process of being redone.
In the town’s centre is Tanambao market, full of excited merchants, babbling shoppers, and scents and sights to tantalise the senses.
The main fruit market is incredible
The meat market reeks, but is probably the funnest atmosphere in the whole market
The variety of meats is incredible
A large amount of meat is bought and sold every day, but only to the most wealthy of inhabitants.
The top of the market
Fort Dauphin’s market contains a wide and beautiful variety of fruits.
Women browse the clothing section of the market
Some sellers specialise in a specific item. This man sells mainly buckets and other plastic containers
A seller of clothes stands and shouts costs at passers by
An icecream vendor counts his profits
At night, there are also opportunities to buy things in a much smaller, more concentrated area.
At night, vending continues in a small area near the Gendarmerie
The setup is small, but a riot of sound and smells
This man was the head of the small establishment we ate at.
At his feet, I noticed a hand, and then realised there were two people wrapped in blankets, asleep.
As with every African town, there are some things that just make lovely photos.
A tiny hotel on the main road
There is a church in the town with the CREEPIEST Jesus statue above it.
A boat stands abandoned on a road on Libanona Peninsula
A small shop in Bazarikely
The side of the WWF building, and its spectacular backdrop
A tiny shop on the side of the road
Scaffolding is constructed from logs
A small shack surrounded by greenery in the poorer area of Fort Dauphin
With its coastal setting, Fort Dauphin naturally has some really incredible beaches. One of the most popular tourist destinations is Libanona Beach, and you can really see why.
The reason people flock here is fairly apparent.
The D800’s built in HDR function is fascinating. Difficult to use, but has very interesting effects.
A weaker HDR of sunset in Fort Dauphin
This view is also on the 5000 Ariary note
Sunrise from the Libanona Peninsula
The view across the Libanona peninsula
Libanona beach has a fairly large resident population of children who pester tourists and attempt to sell them things.
These are those children.
A man fishes on Libanona Beach
The sun sets behind the Anosy mountain chain
Nestled above the Libanona Beach, in a forest on top of a small hill, is the Libanona Ecology Centre, which will be the topic of the next post.