Madagascar – Lemurs & Landscapes
Madagascar is home to many unique creatures – some you may never have heard of! Undoubtedly, Madagascar’s best-known creatures and greatest ambassadors are the lemurs. There are 111 species and subspecies of lemurs, and they are found nowhere else in the world. Over 70 different chameleons, about half the world’s 150 or so species, are also endemic to the island, along with tenrecs, fossa, tomato frogs and much more. Situated in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Mozambique, the isolation of Africa’s largest island has resulted in a diverse range of unique wildlife, with many unfortunately now on the endangered species list.
Madagascar is a biodiversity hotspot with over 90% of its fauna and flora found nowhere else on Earth. The landscape is just as varied with rainforests, wetlands, and limestone formations from the Jurassic age.
The local population is equally diverse with the original human Austronesian inhabitants arriving by canoe from Borneo far to the east around 350BC. They were joined later by African Bantu migrants crossing the Mozambique Channel. A variety of other groups have settled on Madagascar over time and made contributions to Malagasy cultural life.
Journey to this remote magical land and discover its uniqueness with us. Visit the Zebu (Malagasy horned cattle) market where tribes from around the region bring their herds of cattle to sell, and watch artisans creating hand-sculptured woodwork and marquetry (the inlaid woodwork for which Madagascar is famous) and hand-made paper inlaid with colourful flowers.
Starts and ends: Antananarivo (Tana), the capital of Madagascar.
Escorted from Antananarivo by African Encounters director Karen Platzer* and local guides.
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