Madagascar

Madagascar: why not?!?

An island? Not only: Madagascar is so particularly from the point of view of the fauna, the flora and the landscape that could be called a small continent. And the land of those strange demons called lemurs, chameleons from lysergic colors, trees like the baobab trees that evoke the landscapes of the Jurassic. Long 1500 km, Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world, detached from the African continent 140 million years ago, hence the development of plant and animal species that has no equal in the rest of the world. But it is also ethnically-culturally unique: the Malagasy language is even Polynesian derivation and the first populations were almost certainly the Indonesian or Malaysian origin; from Africa they arrived later the Bantu, with their African traditions. The Arabs conquered the island in the eleventh century and made it a center of the slave trade. The Malagasy culture, closely linked to the astrological practice is linked to the Arab tradition. Madagascar became a French colony in 1895.

It is an island full of natural wonders, among which the incredible baobabs found near Morondava on the west coast, it is advisable to visit at dusk, when the lights and shadows creates a very suggestive landscape. As for the animals just think that 95 percent of its fauna is endemic and only live here, from lemurs to endless variety of chameleons, amphibians, fish and turtles, the magnificent bird with feathers Vangas exhibiting plumage with all the nuances blue. But it is also the land which counts among the most beautiful beaches in the world, as Anakao, Salary, Ankasy located on the southwest coast characterized by bays with long white beaches and turquoise sea. The archipelago of Radama with its lush vegetation is one of the most popular area for divers from all over the world thanks to its depths with amazing colors. In the north of the island there’s the Nosy Be archipelago that is one of the most appreciated by the world tourism destinations for its beautiful beaches, the clear sea and the breathtaking views. They cultivate coffee, vanilla, cinnamon and ylang ylang, from which the nickname “fragrant island”.

Madagascar is surrounded by other beautiful smaller islands like Nosy Komba, Nosy Sakatia and Nosy Iranja. Nosy Boraha, also known under the name of Sainte Marie is rich of beautiful beaches protected by coral reefs. Between July and September it is the place of love for humpback whales, numerous in the waters surrounding the island. Local hotels organize exciting excursions to whale watching. In addition to all, we want to propose a time lapse made by Oliver Sommer, who gave us, in 4:44 minute, a clear inspiration of natural wonders of this unique island. So, next destination: Madagascar!
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