6th January 2012
24.12.2011 - 14.01.2012 22 °C
Admittedly, the prospect of a 6 hour rain forest hike didn’t quite appeal to me with a dodgy, sore stomach and the prospect of leeches. But that’s what we did.
And leeches, there were plenty.
They’re disgusting, determined and opportunistic, but luckily my new knee length socks with pants tucked into them (plus Carolyn and Mike to remove them from my shoes) meant that I didn’t get sucked on. I battle to enjoy an experience when I simultaneous have to focus on my shoes and these stupid, ravenous, worm-like creatures trying to get into them.
When we exited the forest at an incredible waterfall, I could relax and enjoy the walk along the river in the sun. I decided that while forests are undeniably incredible and beautiful, I’m not a forest person. I like to see my surroundings and prefer vast, open landscapes. I also prefer places without leeches.
Despite the leeches, Ranomafana is exceptional. We’re in a village on a river surrounded by massive rain-forested hills with a cheesy and eerie post-rain mist creeping through. It’s good for mora mora afternoons sipping wine (if you don’t have a stomach bug).