A journey to Madagascar, the 4th largest island in the entire world with its surface land area of 226, 444 sq. miles is part of the African continent. It lies in the Indic (Indian) ocean near the neighbouring islands of Seychelles, Comoros, and Mauritius and separated by 500 mile wide gap of the Mozambique Channel. The Madagascar Island once was deemed as Noah’s Ark adrift in the Indian Ocean is the home for a wide range of biodiversity on earth. Lists of endemic species are endless as well as extraordinary of which 97 per cent are unique and native to this beautiful island. The long and winding forests is refuge to half of the world’s varieties of chameleon, 28 different species of bats, 300 butterfly species, 260 different species of reptiles, and 150 types of frogs. Madagascar is also home to not less than 50 types of different lemurs and native to the island is half of 201 birds’ species resident to the island.
The breath taking view and wildlife of Madagascar attracts an increasing volume of visitors as the years go by, not letting the opportunity to pass to be able to experience and take photos and videos of the island in the African coast. Tourists and wildlife enthusiasts are drawn by the lemurs’ unique to the island as these animals populate almost every habitat across the region including the very dry dessert in the island’s southwest and the wet, lush, rainforest in the eastern region of Madagascar. However since the arrival of human in the island, deforestation has caused endangerment and extinction to some 15 species of the bear-like mammal. The government has been implementing significant undertakings so as to tackle this menace and promote ecotourism and likewise getting the native local’s involvement in profits tourism.
If you are planning on your trip to Madagascar, officials in immigration office will simply check or issue a visa prior to your entrance in the country. You can choose to travel by plane or by boat if you have a lot of determination and time. You have to be prepared for a rough ride on cargo ships like eating and sleeping conditions and expect a turbulent sea sometimes. While air transport with the Madagascar flag carrier Air Madagascar will make your travel more efficient in time with recent improvements with regards to service and the fleet itself.
Aside from the fauna species, you cannot simply ignore the impressive and unbelievable flora in the wonderful country where trees and plants grow in the most unusual place and shapes. Your imagination will simply run wild with a trip to Madagascar. The skilled hands of nature resulted to unique landscapes. The islands fabulous dry lands ornate by Boab trees and spiny plants and the humid breath-taking beauty of the virgin rainforests combined with the underwater life will surely take you to a world only possible in your dreams if you haven’t been to the island. Truly, you need not be a biologist or scientist to be able to appreciate the island that made it to the 8 continents. Your trip to this dreamy place situated in one of the remotest part of the earth will be implanted in your mind that to last a lifetime.