Madagascar

Description

Madagascar

The island nation of Madagascar, or Malagasy as it was formerly known, is located to the southeast of the African mainland, in the Indian Ocean. It is famous for it's rich and unique flora and fauna.

The landscape is defined by mountain ranges of the central highlands running in a north-south direction. Highest peak is Maromokotro (2876 m), part of the Tsaratanana Massif in the north of the island. The east coast is a straight and narrow strip of lowlands separated from the ocean by a 800 km long lagoon. The actual beach is very steep and dangerous (sharks). Towards the west the central highlands rise up abruptly, offering a variety of landscapes ranging from eroded hills and granite outcrops to volcanic formations, lakes and a north-south rift valley. The west coast is broad with sedimentary formations and good natural harbors. In the southwest semi-desert conditions prevail. Most of the remaining rainforests are found on the steep hills along the east coast. The central highlands and west coast are largely savanna.

Long and short hikes are possible inside the numerous national parks and in many nature reserves, such as Masoala, Andasibe, Bemaraha, Ankarana, Andringitra, Tsingy de Namoroka etc. Do bring your camping gear, and prepare yourself for tropical and humid conditions.

Regions

Mountains

Books

Bol.com
Netherlands
  • The Healing Trail
  • Essential Oils of Madagascar - A Guide to the Health Benefits of the Eight Essential Oils of Madagascar Read more
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Madagascar
  • Madagascar at 1:1,250,000 from the IGN with cartography from MairDumont, with more smaller settlements than on other maps of the whole country. Very effective relief shading, altitude colouring and spot heights present the topography, with colouring and/or graphics for seasonal lakes and swamps, mangrove, sand dunes, rice fields, waterfalls,... Read more
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Walking holidays

Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Madagascar - Vogelreis
  • Madasgascar staat bekend om haar diversiteit in flora en fauna: lemuren, maki's, reptielen, baobab-bomen, kameleons en prachtige orchideeën. Maar Madagascar telt ook 285 vogelsoorten waarvan er maar liefst 111 endemisch zijn en nog eens 22 bijna endemisch! Madagascar telt vijf endemische vogelfamilies (asities, cuckoo-rollers, ground-rollers,... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Madagascar - rondreis
  • Reis met een privé-chauffeur door het land van lemuren, baobabs, olifantsbomen en orchideëen. Ontdek - in dit continent op zich - de unieke planten- en dierenwereld. Bezoek prachtige Nationale Parken zoals Andasibe, Ranomafana en Isalo. Maak mooie wandelingen en ervaar de vriendelijke Malagassys. Read more
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