This leg of the journey begins in Isalo
You turn your back on the Isalo National Park and the small village of Ranohira and move on the RN 7 by car. further down to the southern tip of Madagascar. The savannah that now surrounds you throughout is home to numerous Bismarck palms, which are characterized by fire resistance. But the environment is also characterized by the colorful rock formations that will accompany you for a part of your way. Just a few kilometers away from Ranohira, you will see A surprise present. The road runs dead straight at first and then opens up into a valley hollow that houses an entire town. This town did not exist until a few years ago, and yet it seems as if it has always existed in this inhospitable area, just to brave the weather, climate and conditions of this stretch of land. The name of the city is Ilakaka and it exists only because of the underground sapphire depositswhich were discovered there a few years ago. Ilakaka is a city like you will probably not see a second time. Along the streets you will see many mounds and numerous holes can discover. Air is pumped into these with plastic bags taped together, which then in turn reaches the underground tunnels and is supposed to ensure that the workers there do not suffocate. In addition, Ilakaka acts like a city for stranded souls - there are numerous casinos, prostitution and a gold prospector on every corner who has caught the fever. Only that in Ilakaka it is not about gold, but about sapphires.