The eyes capture you first – wide, intense and full of curiosity. Madagascar’s enchanting lemurs are the island’s most celebrated residents. Ring-tailed, Indri, Western fat-tailed dwarf and red ruffled are just a few of the members this enchanting primate family. There are dozens of species and subspecies found only here; the exact number varies widely among experts.
This is the world’s fourth-largest island, and has some 5,000 kilometers/3,107 miles of coastline and 220 small islands. Its varied landscapes range from the mountainous highlands with red lateritic soil and terraced rice fields; to the rainforest of the Eastern slope; to the semi-arid savannah and the canyons of the south; and the idyllic and still wild beaches. This is also the only place you will find seven of the world’s nine species of the baobab trees.
The country is home to five percent of the world’s species. In addition to lemurs, the country boasts an astonishing diversity in flora and fauna that includes an incredible 208 species of tiger beetles alone, with 206 being endemic! Some 12,000 to 14,000 plant species have been identified, 85% of which are endemic. About 17 national parks and reserves that allow for close up exploring of the wildlife and flora. Berenty National Park on the southern end of the island is known for its tame ring-tailed lemurs and sifakas, while Andasibe-Mantadia has Indri lemurs that sing songs bizarrely similar to those of a whale.
Madagascar is also about the people. The island has been inhabited for at least 2,000 years. The Malagasies are a mix of immigrants and composed of some 18 different ethnic groups that come from a long history of trade and migration from throughout Indonesia, Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. They are united today in a common Malagasy culture and language, which reveals their rich and fascinating heritage.
From beaches and forests, to exceptional wildlife and welcoming people, Madagascar adds up to an outstanding island adventure.
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Madagascar’s beaches, forests, unique wildlife and welcoming people add up to an outstanding island adventure.