|Madagascar, or Republic
of Madagascar (older name Malagasy Republic), is an island nation in the
Indian Ocean, off the southeastern coast of Africa. The main island, also
called Madagascar, is the fourth largest island in the world, and is home
to five percent of the world's plant and animal species (more than 80 percent
of which are indigenous to Madagascar). Most notable are the lemur infraorder
of primates, the carnivorous fossa, three endemic bird families and six
endemic baobab species. The adjective for Madagascar is Malagasy
(not Madagascan [sic]), and the national language is the Malagasy language.
incredible experience of Madagascar tours by Clint Jhonson
Madagascar tours offer you the
opportunity to relate to what could soon be extinct as subject of massive
deforestation. Do not hesitate to visit its forests and hills, with octopus
trees, baobabs and lemurs staying hidden behind the lavishing vegetation.
Madagascar is an island off
the eastern coast of Africa. In addition, it is the fourth island in the
world judging by size. It houses around five percent of the world's species,
and about eighty percent are indigenous. If the prospect of Madagascar
tours appeals to you, you must remember that there are two main seasons:
from November until April there is a lot of rain and high temperatures,
while from May to October there is less rain and lower temperatures. Southwestern
trade winds are present most of the time.
must see is Parc National de L'Isalo. Located in the Toliara province,
it is famous for its varied terrain, including sandstone formations, canyons
and grassland. Dozens of species of birds, reptiles and frogs inhabit the
area, as well of three out of Madagascar's 34 species of lemur.
It offers some of the most
spectacular views of the island, a spectacle mainly composed of its contrasts.
Although generally made of wide plains and grassland, sandstone formations
sculpted wind and water puncture it. A great time for Madagascar tours
is between April and October. You can walk around free of overwhelming
heat, and many exotic plants are in bloom.
Even today, some taboo areas
remain the high caves where the Sakalava people used to bury their dead.
Having a guide during Madagascar tours is mandatory - also, you can take
care of all the formalities in the city of Ranohira. The length of the
tour in the area is variable, of course. However, regardless of the time
you are willing to spend here, remember to visit Canyon des Singes &
Piscine Naturelle, where you can escape the heat for a while, as well as
Natural Window, a unique place where you can get a special view on a sunrise
or sunset: through a square hole in a rock.
safaris are also a great way of getting in touch with Africa. With ten
national parks, its tourism resources are unlimited. With about one quarter
of its total surface occupied by water, there is very little that Uganda
safaris cannot offer.
Mgahinga National Park is
also generally part of Uganda safaris. Located in the far South-West, close
to the city of Kisoro, it sprawls underneath the Virunga Mountains. Out
of the eight Virunga volcanoes, three are in the Mgahinga National Park.
These are Muhabura, Gahinga and Sabyinyo, on the border with Rwanda.
In addition, Kibale Forest
is a must-see when undertaking Uganda safaris. Located 35 kilometers from
Fort Portal, it is quite an impressive area of equatorial rainforest (among
the few remaining ones). It is home to the largest concentration of apes
on the globe. Eleven species roam the area, including 500 chimpanzees that
have grown accustomed with human presence for quite a few years. In addition,
one can encounter the red colobus or galagos.