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Madagascar, off the southeast coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean, is a land of rich and divergent biodiversity and breathtaking landscapes.Thursday, 4 July 2019

By Wild Madagascar
Wild Madagascar

Madagascar, off the southeast coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean, is a land of rich and divergent biodiversity and breathtaking landscapes. The island is a magnet for scientists, explorers, adventurers and dreamers alike, and has something for every type of traveller.

A central high plateau influences Madagascar’s rainfall, giving rise to luxuriant cloud and rainforests, such as those in Marojejy National Park and the Masoala peninsula, where the forest meets the sea, and the Andasibe-Mantadia and Ranomafana National Parks, which are among the most biodiverse places on the planet.

As the winds continue westwards, they release more moisture, watering the endless savannah of the highlands. The air that finally reaches the western coast is drained of its humidity, favouring distinctive microclimates in which deciduous, spiny and succulent flora have been sculpted over millennia by the sun and countless droughts. And just as plants have adapted to these harsh conditions, so has the local tribe, the Antandroy, named after the spiny scrubs they live beside. Colossal baobabs rise above the euphorbias and the spine-encrusted octopus trees. The baobab diversity is unique; of the world’s eight species, seven grow on the island, of which six are endemic. Madagascar is the only place on Earth where baobabs exist in forest state.

As for the faunal group, the island’s world-famous lemurs arrived as castaways millions of years ago, evolving and diversifying into the most varied group of primates on the planet. The indri, the largest species of lemur, look like teddy bears and are the only singing primates in the world. Hearing the wailing of the indri lemur, witnessing the dance of the sifaka lemur and seeing the world’s smallest primate, the adorable mouse lemur, is not to be missed, as is driving off the main tourist tracks through forests of baobabs.

A trip to Madagascar is a chance to connect with a culture that’s a rich blend of Asia and Africa. It’s an unforgettable and unique experience — the island’s turquoise waters, endless white sand beaches, dream-like islands and rich coral reefs are all it takes to make a dream come true.

DON'T MISS

The chance to experience the singing of the indri lemur or the dance of the sifaka lemur — truly unforgettable

NEED TO KNOW

KEY FACILITIES
•Trekking and hiking
•Rainforest walks
•Lemur trekking
•Cultural encounters
•Photography
•Birdwatching
•Canoe expeditions
•Horse riding
•Cruising and sailing
•Whale watching
•Kitesurfing and windsurfing
•Diving and snorkelling
•Stargazing

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