Toliara, Madagascar


A crossroads placed on the Tropic of Capricorn in the south west of Madagascar.

Tulear or Toliara is a small sea town placed on the Tropic of Capricorn in the south west of Madagascar…it’s sleepy and quiet (from 12.30 to 16 there are no people in the streets)…there are no taxis jamming the roads or honking their horns. Instead, an abundance of rickshaw (pousse-pousse) drivers stand idly next to empty carts or dream on their carts about a new customer, anyway sweating profusely in the harsh southern sunlight.

Technically, Tulear is considered a tourist destination – but it would be best described as a place for a simple, quiet getaway rather than a luxurious, exotic adventure. I can’t imagine it every being overrun by tourist activity, but at the same time it’s apparent that the drop in tourism this year has hurt Tulear’s livelihood. Desert hotels, a seafront dotted with closed restaurants.

There are a few western-style cafés and restaurants along the main streets, but most of the eateries are local Malagasy-rice-and-beans type of places.

Ok, the city is not so interesting but I love these kind of cities…it’s a crossroads…it’s the place where the RN7 ends. The RN7 is the most important National road from Tana to Tulear, so most of the time it is an inevitable stage of your trip. From here you can decide to go to the north (Ifaty, Morombe) or more to the south (Anakao, Saint Augustin, Sarodrano), where we went, or to the south east to Fort Dauphin. Don’t forget this important tip, It’s quite easy to take a lift on the way back to Antananarivo, most of 4×4s arrive to Tulear full of tourists from Tanà and they come back the day after almost empty…it’s almost a pleasure for the driver to take someone back, some of them asks for few money but we were lucky we found one for free, but it’s another story…

written by -a-l-b-e-r-t-o- on 2010-02-15 #places #lc-a #redscale #location #rickshaw #horizon-perfekt #holga #a-l-b-e-r-t-o #madagascar #tulear #toliara #tropic #capricorn #sea-town


  1. ipdegirl
    ipdegirl ·

    AMAZING album! Every picture tells a story. My favorite is #5. That's where I want to be right now. I love it!

  2. honeytrees
    honeytrees ·

    what sights! very beautiful.
    i especially love all the people sleeping in the rickshaws haha.

  3. coca
    coca ·

    great gallery Alberto!!! amazing pictures, complimenti

  4. zoe191
    zoe191 ·


  5. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    Once again, a great location with beautiful amazing shots!! Which camera did you use for the 6x6 shots. Holga with glass lens? Because they're soooo sharp!! And on shot n°5, the white traces on the film (marks of the drying drops on the film?) give a beautiful effect like little clouds and the reflection of them in the water... And in shots n°20-21 they're playing Pétanque, do they use the same word for this game?
    Thanks for sharing this Madagascar travel with us and with such a lomographic beauty!! :)

  6. azurblue
    azurblue ·

    Wow, a-l-b-e-r-t-o-, this is - again - a gorgeous location ! Your horizon pics are magical, especially number 5 (what is your little secret ? ). The holga's are very good too ! When I look at your photographs, I instantaneously want to fly to Madagascar !

  7. mrs-paul
    mrs-paul ·

    What an amazing album! Very hard to choose a fav shot but I do love #9, thanks for sharing your review...

  8. dogma
    dogma ·

    Amazing gallery! I love every picture in it ;)

  9. satomi
    satomi ·

    beautiful work as always! #5 is epic and all the portraits are just amazing!

  10. mephisto19
    mephisto19 ·

    stunning gallery!!!!

  11. stouf
    stouf ·

    Dio ! Sei bravissimo ! Wonderful -a-l-b-e-r-t-o- !

  12. plyshbel
    plyshbel ·

    Outstanding photos!

  13. tveden
    tveden ·

    Impressive Alberto, that gallery is so sharp.

  14. -a-l-b-e-r-t-o-
    -a-l-b-e-r-t-o- ·

    Thank you guys for your lovely comments…I’m really happy that you like it...
    I was also surprised to get these results with my Holga but it’s the power of Kodak EPP Ektachrome 100 – 120, sharpness and fantastic colour (film review ☺).
    At the beginning I was bothered about these results but I really like those marks of the drying drops on the film…the effect seems like a brushstroke of a painter (tipster review :))
    Yes, also for them it’s petanque.
    @coca and stouf: your italian is perfect

  15. mephisto19
    mephisto19 ·

    seems another location of the week for you ;)

  16. disdis
    disdis ·

    What a great gallery Alberto! This location is perfect!

  17. zulupt
    zulupt ·

    Great gallery and great location. Congrats

  18. paramir
    paramir ·

    amazing gallery - Nr. 5 is just... perfect.

  19. paramir
    paramir ·

    amazing gallery - Nr. 5 is just... perfect.

  20. peteparker
    peteparker ·

    I love these redscale marvels :-) great work ... awesome pics

  21. rater
    rater ·

    Wow, awesome pics!

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