Tropical Island Madagascar, the “Eighth Continent” and 4th largest island in the world!
Situated just off the South East coast of the Africa; with roughly 80% of their plant and wildlife being native there are so many interesting and unique animals and astonishing plants to see. Guided tours of the beautiful rainforest of the Atsinanana can be enjoyed, and why not? This giant umbrella canopy comprises of 6 national parks now proudly on the World Heritage list – how glorious to be surrounded by so much unspoiled nature.
Remember the animated movie Madagascar? And that funky little Lemur known as King Julian? These little fellas are the islands primates and can be viewed and enjoyed up close and personally at the Lemurs’ Park or in their natural habitats within the rainforests. This Park is really wonderful and a guided tour is a must for those really interested in learning more about this endemic species. The park itself is not too big and will probably only take about an hour to get through, which is perfect for those travelling with small children.
A stroll through the ancient grounds of the Baobabs or perhaps a walk to the ravine to visit Tsingy Rouge where natural art works made from soft laterite of intense red brick colour sue the iron oxide. A 4×4 is definitely needed for this adventure as the roads are gravel and primitive.
Weather for any trip is something that should be taken into account before planning your trip and Madagascar most definitely has some serious weather. The east coast has a sub-equatorial climate and being most directly exposed to the trade winds, has the heaviest rainfall, averaging as much as 3,500 mm (137.8 in) annually. Lush and Green throughout the year though this region is notorious not only for a hot, humid climate in which tropical fevers are endemic but also for the destructive cyclones that occur during the rainy seasons November through to April.
This lush climate is perfect for the locals to grow and trade strongly across the globe – coffee, vanilla, sugar cane, cloves, cocoa, rice, cassava, bananas, and peanuts, most of which have been introduced over time making lasting contributions to Malagasy culture.
But despite a wealth of natural resources and a tourism industry driven by its unique environment, the country remains one of the world’s poorest and heavily dependent on foreign aid.
With miles and miles of stunning unspoiled coastline, crystal clear waters bursting with an abundance of aquatic life to excite any fisherman this island is the perfect retreat for swimming, snorkeling and so much more!