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The Top Things to See and Do in Madagascar

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The Top Things to See and Do in Madagascar






Madagascar, a country famed for lemurs, baobab trees, birding, and jungles, offers visitors a rich playground to explore. I was enthralled by its beauty: the sweeping canyons and gorges, the grand waterfalls, and the sheer diversity of the landscape. One day you?re in a tropical jungle, the next you?re in an arid plain, and a few hours later you?re in subtropical forest! Plus, there really are seemingly endless varieties of lemurs.
Though Madagascar is remote and flights are expensive (more on how to get there and save money in my next post), with only 350,000 visitors per year, you get a lot of the country to yourself! (And it?s always better to go to a place sooner rather than later, because you never know where the next ?it? destination is going to be!)
Though I didn?t get as much time there as I?d like (the roads are terrible ? it takes eight hours to go 250km), here are some of the wonders you can expect on your visit:
Avenue of the Baobabs

Baobab trees are massive trees that can grow 98 feet tall and 36 feet wide and can live up to one thousand years. While there are similar trees in the genus, baobabs are completely unique to Madagascar. They?re an impressive sight, especially when your guide casually mentions that the massive one you?re hugging is just a baby ? at 400 years old. While the trees can be found throughout the country, this road lined with them (just an hour outside Morondava) ? and straight out of a postcard ? is one of those iconic images of Madagascar. The best time for photos is during sunrise or sunset. The worst time for crowds" Those same times. Pick your poison.
Tsingy

This park near the western coast (it?s really two: Great Tsingy and Little Tsingy) is not an easy place to visit. It takes one complete day via four-wheel drive on very rough terrain to get there. It?s very remote, with few tourists. The plus side" It?s one of the most incredible sites in the country. Water and wind spent centuries carving the limestone into jagged peaks that look like a row of never-ending knives; to get around, you use rope bridges, ladders, and fixed cables. The area also has a lot of caving, and often people pair a trip here with a slow boat down the Tsiribihina River (send photos of that if you go, because sadly, due to time, I missed visiting the river!).
Isalo National Park

Located in the south-central part of the country and featuring multiple rugged hiking trails (bring water and a hat, as you are exposed most of the time); cliffs, ravines, gorges, and canyons; and plentiful fauna, this Westworld-like park just blew me away. It was my favorite place in Madagascar. There are three waterfalls you can cool off in after your walks and a variety of lemur species (they get pretty close as they are desensitized to humans, so watch your food!). You are required to hire a guide (they are found at the entrance), but they were great explainers of the land and the local culture. Added bonus: the clear sky and lack of lig...


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