Madagascar comprises islands of mystery with ever changing features. It entices nature lovers and tourists who yearn for the unusual.
Madagascar is an island nation in the Indian Ocean off the south eastern coast of Africa. Pirates were regular visitors and residents through the ages and have left a mixed race inheritance. There is now a population of over 27 million comprising 16 major tribes and Madagascar is the only Afro-Asian nation in the World.
With dramatically changing climate zones each region has its own complement of bizarre plants and some very odd animals. The islands are home to 5% of the entire world’s plant and animal species, of which more than 90% are endemic to the forests and plateaux of Madagascar.
Madagascar has mountainous central ‘spine’ separates the permanently damp east from the drier west and sub-desert south. The highest peak is 2,876 metres (9,436 feet). Its forests are a shimmering, seething mass of a million dripping leaves and slithering, jumping, quirky creatures from nature’s bag of tricks; chameleons, periwinkles, geckoes, not forgetting the irrepressible lemurs, aloes, baobab and octopus trees
Madagascar is not for everyone. Prospective visitors must be aware of the island’s ‘lowlights’ before going there. Travel opportunities are limited. There are no five star hotels and in some places accommodation and facilities are basic. Recently there has been some responsible development which has resulted in some delightful places to stay, often as private island resorts.
A journey in Madagascar is sure of an unusual and possibly life changing experience as there is probably no other place remotely like it on Earth!