In the Indian Ocean lies the Republic of Madagascar, an island archipelago that includes different. Separated from the African continent by the Mozambique Channel 165 million years ago, is one of the largest natural reserves of the world. The international environmental associations emphasize the high value of both its fauna and flora. This is precisely the aim of our route, in particular the island of Madagascar and its magnificent natural parks.
Madagascar is about the size of the Iberian Peninsula, making it the fourth largest island in the world. Enjoy a tropical climate that makes, especially on the east coast, while with frequent rains we move towards the interior becomes a more temperate climate, dry and even the South. These characteristics determine weather a rich and varied vegetation. Over 80% of the flora and fauna of Madagascar is unique in this area and not found anywhere else in the world.
The east coast is covered by a tropical jungle where we found over 170 species of palms and bamboos, a thousand species of orchid which include vanilla and a variety of medicinal plants. Southwest of the island species are very common in dry regions such as the majestic baobabs and thorny plants like cacti and aloes. Also the fauna, once larger if possible, be considered worthwhile. Lemurs, chameleons, turtles, birds or snakes, in about 95% of cases, species are endemic, ie found only in this region, or originate from it. The best places to enjoy this ecological wealth in Madagascar are the National Parks. Natural Area, in the case of the Nature Reserve Tsingy de Bemaraha, including an account statement with the World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This reserve, located 600 kilometers west of the capital, has a growing number of itineraries that allow tourists to venture into this vast forest. 152,000 hectares divided into two parks, the Petit Tsingy and the Grand Tsingy.
During the rainy season in Madagascar is impossible Bemaraha Reserve access but in the dry season there are tours from entering the city of Bekopaka. One of the typical means of transport instead of taxis are circulating Brousses until the road is impassable. Then it’s time to choose to walk or ride in a cart pulled by zebu, an experience in nature. One of the most spectacular is that you can do canoeing on the Manambolo River and a visit to his neck, surrounded by waterfalls, virgin forests and lemurs.
Another tourist destination with great success is the National Park Mountain Ambre in the north of the island. Among the many biological treasures of this area out, in terms of fauna, the lemurs, chameleons strange blue nose or tail of the chameleon outbreaks.
The massive volcanic Ambre offers the possibility of hiking about 20 miles of trails available. Two of the stops that you cannot do is stop the Petite Cascade, a waterfall surrounded by cliffs covered with ferns, and the Petit Lac, we find that after climbing a steep path into the interior of a crater.
The third and final area that makes up our path by the Madagascar National Park Isalao. This is a massive sandstone of over 81,000 hectares of which should see in several days and accompanied by a guide to not losing any of their treasures. Isalao with large grassy plains framed by sandstone cliffs where erosion has sculpted forms delusional. Also among the rocks are the Sakalava, catacombs, surrounded by many taboos for the local population. Another of the tours of this park includes the Singer of the Canyon where you can see the common lemurs in the wild, leaping between tree branches.
In short, the island of Madagascar is capable of providing an incredible scenic beauty, interesting cities and places of dreams. Undoubtedly a good destination for those visitors looking to find a corner with its own personality and a unique nature.