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5 Things To Do In Madagascar

17 May 2016 11:15 AM

While volunteering, it's important to make sure you don't miss out on the fantastic things to see and do. Madagascar is a country of unusual sights and creatures, full of different things to do in your free time. We have compiled a list of the 5 top things to see and do while in Madagascar.

Find a lemur

Image courtesy of Katharine Prata, Madagascar Wildlife Conservation Adventure volunteer

It goes without saying that when in Madagascar, most people’s aims for their trip is see/interact with/photograph some lemurs. You will come across them all over Madagascar, but some of the best places to go for almost guaranteed sightings of these bouncy creatures are the Perinet and Ranomafana Reserves. Berenty Reserve is also an excellent place to see the Verreaux's sifaka bouncing on its hind legs.

The Tsingy Stone Forest

Image courtesy of Sarah Goodfellow, Madagascar Wildlife Conservation Adventure volunteer

You need hardy shoes, possibly gloves, and long sleeves if you really want to explore this feat of nature near the western coast of Madagascar in the Melaky region. It is a beautiful but harsh place, and can take a lot of effort to see a small amount of it. But it is worth all the effort – you stand a chance of coming across some never before sighted creatures, and taking some outstanding photographs of the unreal limestone formations that make up the stone forest.

Avenue of the Boababs

Image courtesy of Laurence Foglia, Madagascar Marine Conservation & Diving volunteer

This is a prominent group of baobab trees lining a dirt road between Morondave and Belon’i Tsiribihina in western Madagascar. Some of the trees that line the route are 30 metres in height and tower above a relatively level landscape, making the trees even more prominent. You can get a real sense of Madagascar’s ancient land, and be reminded of the strange and beautiful creatures and species that exist here.

Rova of Antananarivo

Image courtesy of oledoe

A royal palace complex that served as the home of rulers of Madagascar in the 19th century that was destroyed in November 1995 by a fire that broke out. Careful work has been undertaken to reconstruct the buildings and return it to its former glory. As such, visitors to the old palace can walk to grounds and some parts of the reconstructed buildings. It is a wonderful place to visit at sunset as the view is right across the whole town and the fading light hitting the buildings and houses will be extremely memorable.

Nosy Be

Image courtesy of Sophie Stanhope, ARO on Madagascar Camp

Nosy Be is an island off the northwest coast off Madagascar and has become its most busiest tourist resort. It is renowned for being extremely beautiful and hosting a wide variety of wildlife. Diving and snorkelling in the seas that surround the island is fantastic and the range of sealife goes from humpback whales that reside all year round to colourful fish nearer the coast. It is well worth a visit and will provide one of the closest glimpses of paradise you are likely to encounter.

Find out more about the wide range of projects in Madagascar.