At the hearing of “Madagascar”, we imagine wildness and aridity. Don’t you? Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world and is the home of a unique environment. It’s the place where nature, climate, and wilderness are in a very flat contrast.
Now is for sure the perfect time to explore Madagascar and here’s why.
The aspect that attracts most tourists to Madagascar is its specific wildlife. The destination is a true paradise for fauna and flora, providing an ideal environment for developing a unique selection of endemic species. Madagascar represents 5% of the world’s total plant and animal life. This is why some call Madagascar “the eighth continent.”
The most famous are certainly lemurs. More than 100 species live on this African island, being playful and descendant creatures. Of course, you will find far more species than lemurs on this territory, from small insects and bats to the main predators. Also, we should not omit the varied range of birds and reptiles.
Unfortunately, wildlife in Madagascar is at risk of extinction. For this reason, those interested are advised to discover this heaven until it’s late.
For spectacular tsingy
Madagascar hosts stunning rock formations called tsingy. These are rugged limestone peaks eroded over time by wind and rain that hide caves and deep-water access ways where wilderness hardly survives. The main attractions are Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, the first UNESCO Heritage Site of Madagascar, the Tsingy de Namoroka National Park, the Ankarana Special Reserve and the Tsingy Rouge Park.
Located in the Indian Ocean, Madagascar offers amongst the most extraordinary sandy beaches in the world, which besides all are crowded-free than in the Caribbean or European areas. Madagascar also offers a vision of the fifth largest coral reef in the world.
To swim with turtles go to Nosy Sakatia, while to discover the creeping sharks go to Nosy Be. For a unique whale experience, the ideal destination is Ile Sainte Marie.
Madagascar hosts all 8 species of baobabs found in the world. With a bizarre appearance that gives the impression of a tree rooted upwards, the baobab trees are capable to keep enormous amounts of water, up to thousands of liters, thus being protected during arid periods.
The Avenue of the Baobabs located in the western part of the island is definitely a must-see place, being a highly publicized image online. The most spectacular moments are during sunrise and sunset when the trees dance with the sun’s rays and create an impressive visual show.
Experience Antananarivo lifestyle. The capital of Madagascar is also known as Tana and is the largest urban center on the island. Even if it’s a crowded and polluted city, it hosts the only UNESCO cultural site in the country. Due to its location at high altitude, the city has a cold temperate climate. Two days would be enough to explore the capital of this wonderful country.
Madagascar is a perfect mix of civilization, wildlife, nature, climate, and mystery. Prepare for an unforgettable experience.