VENTURES AFRICA – The island of Madagascar is located between the Indian Ocean and the Mozambican channel – 250 miles off the eastern coast of Africa across the Mozambique Channel, just south of the equator. Over 1000 miles (1580 km) long and 350 miles (570 km) wide, Madagascar is the world’s fourth largest island after Groeland, New Guinea and Bornéo. The country, which has peoples of Asian, African and Indonesian decent, is crossed over by the Tropic of Capricorn next to the town of Toliara and separated from Gondwane. With Comoros and Mayotte islands are to its North-East and La Réunion to the island’s East, the island’s form, which is like that of a left foot, makes it easily recognisable on the world’s map.
Madagascar is a true natural sanctuary with its flora and fauna which passionate naturalists praise. It is the land of orchids, baobabs and the world’s biggest butterfly, the famous land of lemurs and chameleons, the birds’ paradise, and an exceptional flora and fauna to be discovered on twelve Integral Natural Reserves.
Fun of ecotourism, nature, balnear station, cruises along the Tsiribihina river, the line stones, crossing the Pangalane channel, Madagascar offers any tourist adventures, relaxation and wonderful beaches. Madagascar has fifty national parks in total and, the country is a fabulous natural conservatory – a living museum.
A little larger than France, the island offers an amazing diversity of landscapes, white sandy beaches of the Indian Ocean, red soil Highlands, baobabs overlooking the bush to tropical forests and rice paddies loss view.
Although it is one of the poorest countries in the world, perhaps that is one of the reasons why visitors can get so many rare things at an affordable rate. However, Madagascar remains the right destination for the thirsty adventurers and sporting braves, for they will be amazed by the profusion of activities. Landscapes and activities vary according to climatic zones: highlands and rice paddies, tropical forest, savanna, beaches and turquoise waters are a must-see.
Madagascar is a destination still preserved from mass tourism, an authentic destination where the beauties of nature are the main attraction. Several days or weeks are needed to explore the island to experience its natural beauty, ancient cultures, the craftsmanship and gastronomy. Simply put, each major region of Madagascar offers a thorough adventure.