Wednesday Wanderlust: Madagascar

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Madagascar is an island country off the coast of Southeast Africa in the Indian Ocean.  It is well known for it’s biodiversity-with over 90 percent of the wildlife being only found here and no where else on Earth.  Pretty amazing, right?  Here’s a few of the reasons I want to go to Madagascar (besides the awesomely animated movie, of course):

Fossa

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Look how precious!

Yes, I want to go to a country because of an animal.  It’s not the only reason, but I’m fairly certain if there was nothing else appealing to a place besides this animal, I’d still go.  I mean, look at it.  The Fossa is a carnivorous mammal that has been compared to a small cougar.  Even Buzzfeed says it’s your new favorite animal.

Parc National des Tsingy de Bemaraha

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Tsingy de Bemaraha

This is a UNESCO World Heritage site.  The main highlight is the jagged, limestone pinnacles and it’s also home to 90 species of birds, 8 species of reptiles and 11 species of lemurs (did anyone know there were that many species of lemurs?!).

Parc National de Ranomafana

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Ranomafana

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This national park is also part of a World Heritage Site (Rainforests of the Atsinanana.  This park is known for it’s trekking and lemur-spotting.  It also has several campsites for longer treks.

The Avenue of the Baobabs

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The Avenue of the Baobabs

The avenue of the Baobabs is a group of baobab trees lining a dirt road that makes for some gorgeous photos.

 Night Forest Walk in Ambato Atsignana Nature Reserve

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Parson’s Chameleon

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Even though the national parks are closed during the evenings, with a hired guide you can still experience some of the nocturnal species that Madagascar has to offer by doing a night walk.

Anyone else dream of going to Madagascar?

Ashley is the mastermind behind A Southern Gypsy, a travel blog focused on adventure, outdoors and wildlfe, and is in the process of selling all her things and prepping for long term travel before she leaves for Southeast Asia in November. She writes about prepping, past travel experiences, life in Nashville and future travel plans.

15 Comments

  1. Stephanie Mayo

    January 29, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    It’s been on my list for some time! As a big lover of animals – it is the place to go! And for all the still untouched natural beauty and uniqueness of the place.

    • Ashley Hubbard

      January 29, 2014 at 3:12 PM

      Agggh I know! So beautiful, and just different from anywhere else!

  2. Travis

    January 29, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Great choice this week! Madagascar is definitely one of the truly unique places on Earth – especially when it comes to nature. I wold LOVE to get the opportunity to visit one day.

    • Ashley Hubbard

      January 29, 2014 at 4:28 PM

      Well you two need to just head down there then :)

  3. Sammi

    January 30, 2014 at 4:29 AM

    I want to get to Madagascar one day :)

  4. Nicky

    January 30, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    I can see why you are adding Madagascar to your wish list. The limestone pinnacles are spectacular. I use visited Apenheul, a primate park in the Netherlands. It was great to watch all the different primates. I especially liked the spider monkeys that walked around freely and would climb all over you. I would think lemurs would be as much fun, if not more.

    • Ashley Hubbard

      January 30, 2014 at 10:20 PM

      Ohhh I love watching monkeys! Lemurs are pretty similar, in my opinion. I really had no idea there were that many different types.

  5. JP

    February 1, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    Ok now I REALLY wanna go! Great pics here, nice post :)

  6. Sand In My Suitcase

    February 5, 2014 at 12:09 AM

    Those “fossa” are amazingly cute! If you go to Madagascar, pack us in your suitcase please :-).

  7. Jonny Jenkins

    February 20, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    Awesome!
    Madagascar for me is South Africa for you… it’s the country I picked out as a 7 year old and told my parents I would go there… and have been on my way there ever since.

    So, if you allow me to expand a bit on some of your points here…

    1) The Fossa evolved from a mongoose to take the place as the apex predator because their were no large cats.

    2) Their were once something like 60 different species of lemur, including the great lemur which is comparable, size wise, to some of the great apes.

    3) The Tsingy are actually one of the major forces of not only protecting many species (by being nearly impossible to traverse) but also creating such high numbers of specialized animals as they are all cut off from each other and thus evolve differently in tiny pockets.

    4) There are 8 species of Baobab tree (if I’m not mistaken). 1 in Africa, 1 in Australia… the other 6 exist only in Madagascar (potentially Comoros and Reunion/Mauritius as they are more or less extensions of Madagascar)

    5) It’s not only the animals that are unique… the Flora (85% I think) and the Insect (72% I believe) are also very unique to this island.

    Other interesting things, The Elephant bird, Vanilla, The scarred hills…

    Sorry, I get a little excited when people talk about Madagascar. I’ll meet you there someday :)

  8. Jessica | A Passion and A Passport

    February 27, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    Madagascar has been on my list for a little while now, ever since I saw those fascinating trees. I’ll go with you! :p

    • Ashley Hubbard

      February 27, 2014 at 7:16 PM

      I think the trees are what sold me first too! Blogger meetup? :D

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