Nosy Komba also called Nosy Ambariovato is a small volcanic island that lies on the north-west coast of Madagascar. The name Nosy Komba means the island surrounded by rocks. There are no cars or electricity on the island, the only way to get around the island is via boat or canoe and it is home to about 4 000 people. It is also home to the black lemur or Macacao species, where the male is black and the female is brown with white tufts on the head.
We motor sailed from Hellville to Nosy Komba to spend a few days in this tranquil spot. The island has many small local restaurants and mainly hostel style accommodation. We went ashore in the afternoon to see if we could organise a trip for the following day to see the lemurs and have a little look around.
Lots of kids throughout the village going about their daily lives
Having organised the guided walk for the morning we headed back to our dinghies, where Andrew showed the kids how to drum on Momo’s dinghy. This elicited much laughter from the kids.
20/9/2019 – LEMURS!!!
We met our local guide bright and early to walk into the forest to see the lemurs, there was lots of excited chatter on the way. The guide spoke quite good English and showed us the various plants grown on Nosy Komba like vanilla that Max is sniffing in the photo, bananas, pineapple and also a bright green lizard he spotted.
There was great excitement at our first sighting of lemurs followed by Ava’s ‘he’s so cute.’ We were given small pieces of banana to feed them and soon as they spotted the juicy treat they would leap to your shoulder. Both kids and parents were enthralled and amused with their antics.
We were all entertained by the lemurs, although the males had a rather unpleasant odour as Andrew discovered.
It was not only the lemurs that entertained us on the walk but also a chameleon that our guide spotted.
I think its fair to say the kids were pretty amazed with the chameleon.
After our forest walk there is a small sanctuary area where they have some of the giant Seychelle tortoises. The kids went into the enclosure and gave them a good scratch.
For those who opted too you could hold a boa constrictor, Max was having none of it, but Tristan and the girls enjoyed it, although Jana looks a bit panicked in the photo.
We came to a tortoise enclosure and Max, Ava and Jana eagerly held one each. I love the photo of Ava when she realises the tortoise is peeing on her and its the third time today its happened, first a lemur, then a boa constrictor and then a tortoise, she took it all in her stride though.
Just before finishing our tour our guide found another chameleon and we were once again entranced.
Our walk back to the dinghy took us through the village where the friendly locals were going about their daily lives.
We had a fabulous time and a trip I would highly recommend it to anyone if you find yourself in Madagascar.
Tourist Information for Nosy Komba
A big thank you to Michelle from Momo who took some of the photos on this page.