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The French colonial-era railway that lumbers up from Manakara on the south-east coast of Madagascar to Fianarantsoa in the highlands takes up to 16 hours to cover 87 miles. En route, it passes through mountain gorges and crawls past rainforest. However, tourist attraction it isn’t: you’ll likely be the only non-local on the train. But no other ride, anywhere in the world, gets you as close to nature as this one.
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