The island country of Madagascar sits in the Indian Ocean off the eastern coast of Africa. Being the fourth largest island on record after Greenland, New Guinea, and Borneo, Madagascar is home to a large amount of species of plants and animals, many of which are not found anywhere else in the world.
Spread over an area of 145 million acres, the island country has a very diverse landscape and is home to some of the world’s grandest coral reef systems. The country’s immaculate landscapes include: lush tropical rainforests, stunning beaches, dry climate, many plateaus, and deserts.
Madagascar tourism is flourishing owing to the amazing contrast in landscape. Madagascar has its own distinct ecosystem and exemplary wildlife. Almost 95 percent of reptiles, 90 percent of plants and 92 percent of mammals living on the Madagascar Island are one reason that many ecologists call Madagascar the eighth continent.
Madagascar holidays, or holidaying in Madagascar, become really special given the amazing things that one gets to do in the island country. From enjoying the coral reefs, to being amidst the country’s distinct flora and fauna, there’s a reason for all travelers to rejoice. So when you are in the country where you can go from lush tropical rainforest to desolate desert in just 300 km, you are always going to be in for surprises.
Here are a few things that you should visit in Madagascar that would give you a glimpse of the country;
A visit to Mantadia-Andasibe National Park
Mantadia-Andasibe National Park located in the eastern Madagascar is a wild and beautiful destination. The island country’s largest lemur, the Indri, can be spotted from here in the dense forest. You can also sight some 11 other species of lemurs pretty easily. For spotting, there are hosts of other endangered and rare species here. Lovely waterfalls all around and rare orchids amplifying the pristine beauty of the national park aura are some additional perks.
A walk through the Avenue of the Baobabs
The Avenue of the Baobabs aka Alley of the Baobabs is an exciting group of baobab trees lined on either side of a dirt road Menabe region of western Madagascar. The amazing landscape created by these Baobab trees, which date back to some 800 years and are reminiscent of a dense tropical which once existed here, draws travelers from all over the word. Owing to a large tourist footfall, the Avenue is one of the most visited places in the island country.
Hike in the Anja Community Reserve
The reserve created in 2001 is located at the base of a cliff in between the cities of Fianarantsoa and Ihosy. The woodland area is home to a fresh water lake. The reserve is largely covered by fallen boulders and rocks. Small caves between the boulders are home to large species of bats and owls. Visit the reserve with a local guide and take a five to six hour long trail to see the length and breadth of the reserve.
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