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Madagascar

A few hundred km off Africa’s eastern shores is a patchwork island of bizarre forests, tinkling rivers and quirky creatures.

After Greenland, New Guinea and Borneo, Madagascar is the world’s fourth largest island and home to five percent of the world’s plant and animal species, 80 percent of which are unique to the island.

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With an incredible biodiversity, Madagascar is best known for its lemurs – primitive relatives of monkeys, apes, and humans; colourful chameleons; stunning orchids; and towering baobab trees.
Separated from mainland Africa over 165 million years ago, Madagascar has been conducting its own wildlife experiment in evolution. The results are unique, fascinating and impressive:

  • At least 12,000 plant species – 90% endemic – with 7 endemic families and 310 endemic genera
  • 6 of the worlds 8 baobab tree species
  • 340 reptile species – 92% endemic
  • 199 amphibian species – 99% endemic
  • 169 mammal species – 83% endemic
  • 283 bird species – 39% endemic and 8% near-endemic
  • Primates: 5 families and 15 genera occur nowhere else in the world
  • 74 lemur species – 100% endemic
  • 3 new mouse lemur species discovered in June 2006

As with all islands, the fragile ecosystem is threatened by alien predators and deforestation. Responsible eco-tourism holds the key to conserving the island’s rich natural and cultural heritage.

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With SafariWise you can experience and contribute to the cultural and natural beauty of Madagascar – whether it is the lemurs or the beautiful orchids you want to see. SafariWise makes use of the best local Malagasy guides and they will add an interesting flavour of local knowledge to your fascinating adventure.

Birdwatchers:
Some of the world’s most unusual birds are found only on Madagascar: gorgeous Ground-Rollers, the diverse Vanga family, Oxylabes, Newtonias and the Couas. If you wish to tick off most of the endemics, of which there are about 150, we recommend you go for between two and three weeks on a specialist SafariWise birding tour.

Madagascar Map

3 Responses to “Madagascar”

  1. berdene said:

    Hi Graham. Cyclone time in Madagascar. Did you get my email? Kind regards Berdene

  2. Carol brown said:

    Hi Neil
    We had a wonderful time with you in March 2009when we did the Namibia to Zambia trip thro NatureTrek. We are now interested in joining you for your trip to Madagascar if it can be arranged in April next year. Have you any spare places and if so can you send us some info.
    Looking forward to hearing from you soon
    Carol & Paul Brown

  3. Cedi said:

    Hi Neil and Berdene! It was – again – a wonderful trip to Madagascar and I am looking forward to the North in 2015!? Thanks for all your effort and thank you again, Neil, for the outstanding guiding and the knowledge you shared with us!
    See you soon for another adventure!
    Cedi

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