Madagascar, an island country situated off the southeastern coast of Africa is truly one of the most beautiful and unique nations to visit in the world. All the wildlife lovers and nature enthusiasts, Madagascar is a country that should be next on your bucket list as the nation witnesses a diverse and fantastic ecosystem that is sure to blow your mind away. The country is home to some of the most rare and unique plants and animal species that can only be found on this island. It is a land of lush mountains, limestone forest, pristine and paradisic islands as well as exciting plant and animal species.
Madagascar is a country that is full of fun and adventure and if you have been planning to visit the nation anytime soon then you better get familiar with all the exciting and enthralling things you can do on this island.
Visit the limestone forest
The country is home to some of the most offbeat places and the limestone forest is one of them which give all the travelers a very unique and peculiar experience. The location itself gives a very alienated feeling which is surrounded by uniquely shaped jagged limestones which were created over a course of time. Located in the northwest region of Madagascar, this limestone forest is the perfect and magical creation of Mother Nature that came into existence due to constant erosion. Canyons, lush forest and stunning waterfalls take the beauty of this place to a whole new level. Apart from that, you can also get a chance to spot a few lemur species as well as indigenous reptiles, birds and botanical species.
Admire the avenue of baobabs
Baobabs trees are one of the best highlights of the country. These beautifully and intricately created trees can be seen all over the island, however, the best place to admire them is the avenue of baobabs that features several trees lined along the pathway. In earlier times, the native people used to depend on the products of the trees for their survival and for that reason they were often also known as ‘tree of life’. Their remarkable vast size is the main highlight that stands tall at a height of 46 feet and can go beyond 100 feet as well. The best time to visit this location is during sunset and sunrise as these trees make for a stunning picture during that time.
Swim with whale sharks at nosy be
Looking to do something enthralling and exciting? Then you should definitely consider visiting this place between the months of September and December as that’s the time when you can encounter the world’s largest fish- the whale shark. Madagascar is a paradise for all the water babies as it offers plenty of opportunity to dive yourself into the water and get an experience that is both adventurous and thrilling. And if you’re an avid scuba diving person, then you cannot miss out on the opportunity of swimming with whale sharks. During winter, these whale sharks gather around to feed on blooming plankton and are easy to spot from the surface. Despite their huge size, these whale sharks are extremely docile and pose no threat to humans. While you are under the water, make sure to admire the other bountiful marine life of Madagascar such as turtles, manta rays and dolphins.
Look for lemurs
You certainly cannot end the trip without getting a big dose of the most iconic and famous creatures of Madagascar- lemurs. The island is home to more than 100 lemur species and each species is believed to be indigenous. These lemurs differ in their sizes and appearances and can easily be found at one of Madagascar’s national parks. Lokobe national park is believed to be the best place to spot lemurs which also includes a long trek snaking through the dense tropical forest. While the whole journey to reach the park can be long and tiring but it’s always rewarding.
If you want to explore beyond the wild and nature of Madagascar then exploring Antananarivo is possibly your safest bet. It is the capital city of Madagascar, which is packed with gorgeous colonial architecture as well as several art galleries and museums. Head to the old-Haute Ville to witness the stunning colonial architecture or you can also explore one of its museums and galleries. The city is also recognized for its culinary culture where you can relish some street food delicacies and can also get a chance to experience fine French dining at one of the city’s restaurants.