On the bumpy dirt road we first go back to Belo-sur-Tsiribihina.
If you are not in a hurry to be at the photo shoot in time for sunset at the Allée des Baobabs, all the better: then you will have plenty of time for lunch at Mad Zebu. Either way, the ferry across the Tsiribihina gives you time to unwind for an hour or so. Then it's off by car on the red dusty RN 8 south. It is about 40 kilometers through a dry forest landscape, in which the first impressive Baobab already stretch their mighty trunks towards the sky. With a little luck you will see sifakas jumping around on the trees or running across the road.
In the midst of the dense gray and green, areas cleared by fire stand out again and again. In the immediate vicinity of the Kirindy and Analabe protected areas, the dramatic battle of man against nature is taking place here. After Beroboka-Sud, the journey continues south for 5 kilometers on the dusty national road.
You will come to another turnoff, this time to the left, into the middle of the seemingly impenetrable dry forest. If you turn here, it will be 5 kilometers straight through the jungle before you reach a large clearing: the Kirindy Forest Station is reached. Visits here are only worthwhile if you have special interests and enough time (at least one day and one night). It should not be concealed that Kirindy is mainly visited by scientists. Almost certainly you will meet German students from the Primate Research Institute in Göttingen. The establishment of the sanctuary is mainly due to the initiative of the Swiss CFPF (Centre de Formation Professionelle Forstiére).
Back on the main road, the journey continues southward. More and more mighty and impressive are the baobabs you now pass - some specimens are over 700 years old! Marofandilia, located about 45 kilometers north of Morondava, is the next big place on your route: a rather large village with a considerable attraction, the boutique d ́Art Sakalava. Originally founded with the help of the peace corps, the boutique is now under regional self-management.