Whale watching at Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Visit Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina from August to November, and you stand a good chance of spotting humpback whales as they make their way to one of their favoured breeding grounds off the Malagasy mainland.

Whale watching at Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Whale watching at Lodge Tsarabanjina

Every year, these majestic creatures leave the cold waters of the Antarctic seeking out the warmer waters closer to the Equator. Many humpback whales swim to the channel between Ile Sainte-Marie off the East coast of Madagascar to breed.

It’s estimated there are only 10,000-15,000 humpback whales in the world. An endangered species, they have a life expectancy of 45-50 years.

Have you seen a whale in the wild?

If you’ve spotted a whale in the wild, we’d love to see any photos you have of the experience – you can post them on our Constance Hotels Facebook page or tweet them using Twitter, mentioning @constancehotels.

Tips for observing whales

Learn more about how to observe whales from Wild Whales.

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Recipe: Coconut cake from Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina

If you’re in the mood for something sweet, try making this delicious coconut cake from Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, Madagascar.  Simple to make, it’s perfect served with vanilla ice cream.

Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, photo taken by Sandro Rizzetto

Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, photo taken by Sandro Rizzetto

Ingredients

  • 250g grated coconut
  • 250g butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 60g self raising flour
  • 1 can condensed milk
  • 1 sprig of vanilla

1. Cream together the butter with the sugar.
2. Break the eggs and separate the whites from the yolks. Add the egg yolks one by one to the butter mix. Then add the grated coconut, flour and condensed milk, mix well.
3. Line a round cake or sponge in, t12 cm in diameter, with aluminum foil and butter the bottom and sides.
4. Pour in the cake mix and bake. Cook for one hour at 150°C. Check the cake is cooked with the tip of a knife, the blade must be kept clean.
5. Remove the cake from the oven and let cool completely before taking it out of the tin.
6. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or cinnamon.

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