Natural Attractions in Madagascar

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Hollywood has surely played its role in popularizing this fascinating island off the coast of South-East Africa. I am not quite sure how much did tourism in Madagascar grew after the success of the Madagascar animation movies, but so far the island doesn’t get 10% of the attention it deserves. Which is partially a good think because Madagascar is home to a lot of endangered species which would very likely go extinct under the threat of mass tourism.

Like other isolated islands across the Globe (Socotra, Tasmania, Galapagos), Madagascar is a biologist’s paradise. There are countless species of animals and plants that can be found nowhere else in the world. The lemurs, with their striking appearance and unusual habits are probably the best known of all Madagascar amazing animals – but they are far from the country’s biggest attraction. So let’s make a small inventory of the most popular natural attractions in Madagascar and see what fascinating animals and plants we can encounter:

Andasibe-Mantadia National Park

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Due to its proximity to the capital (Antananarivo), this park is one of the most visited natural reserves on the island. The main attraction of the park at the lemurs, represented here by 11 species. A smaller section of the park known as Analamazoatra or Perinet hosts a very numerous population of lemurs, as well as some interesting species of chameleons and insects.

Masoala National Park

This is by far the biggest and richest of all Madagascar parks. The park’s huge size allows it to encompass numerous ecosystems, from those specific to the rainforest to marine life. Native species include lemurs, geckos, chameleons and serpents. Whales are often spotted in the park’s Antongil Bay, and due to the abundant fauna residing in the coral reef, the park is also a great destination with divers and snorkelers.

Amber Mountain National Park

With its weird rock formations, crater lakes and lush forests, Amber Mountain is a truly magnificent park, both in terms or views and eco-diversity. There is an impressive number of lakes and waterfalls contained within the rugged walls of the volcanic massifs, as well as a remarkable number of reptilian species (59).

Nosy Be

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This tiny island located between Madagascar and the coast of Africa is probably the most touristy of all the before mentioned locations. Nosy Be is an ideal beach destination but also great for practicing diving and snorkeling. Nosy be is a volcanic island with some very rare small animals to observe, as well as an irresistible bouquet of scented tropical flowers.

 

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