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Lake Karian, the shelter of moorhens and small waders

Lac Kariani

Cries of birds, water lilies, green infinite diversity of the tour of the lake Karian (Dziani Karihani in Chimaoré) near the village of Tsingoni, is a rare and amazing trip, which lasted 50 minutes. Ideally, it should be done early in the morning before the heat of the sun or late afternoon.

Not easy to find: the path that leads from the CCD 1, on the right coming from Tsingoni, 1 km from the roundabout of the college. Leave your car as soon as you can and push you in the path that leads to the natural lake of fresh water. Start at the south bank. The path overlooks the lake where there moorhens and small wading birds (egrets, herons ...). Water lilies and other plants freshwater cover almost completely.
The path goes around the lake but on the extreme East it shrinks badly and lost a bit amid the reeds and shrubs. Then we arrived on the north shore, with its large expanses of open grass slopes, trees and young plantations carefully protected blows the horn zebus. Calmness and serenity.

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This freshwater lake has a surface area of 5 ha in rainy season, which is reduced to 0.25 ha at the end of the dry season. There is another natural lake in Mayotte on Early Earth this time: the Dzaha Lake, a crater lake closed near beaches binoculars Moya. With a surface area of 17.5 ha, is a flat-bottomed lake, typical of a crater explosive.
Other bodies of freshwater in Mayotte: The dams created to meet the drinking water needs.
The withholding of Combani hill, built in 1998 with a capacity of 1.5 Mm3 for a surface of 26 ha, is fueled by the Mro oua Mwala River, a tributary of the Mro oua Ourovéni.
The restraint Dzoumogné, built in 2001 on the catchment area of the Mro oua Tanabi, can store up to 2 Mm3.
Filling is carried out between January and April, when rainfall is most abundant.