Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world. An early breakaway from the earth’s single landmass, Gondwanaland, over 165 million years ago, it lies 250 miles off the coast of East Africa across the Mozambique Channel and straddles the Tropic of Capricorn. Its landscapes vary from palm and forest-fringed beach to semi-arid desert, from limestone pinnacles to volcanoes and grassy plateaus.
It's difficult to begin describing how staggering the country, it's people, it's landscapes and it's wildlife are.
As the 5th poorest country in the world I found it incredibly humbling to see how the Malagasy people live with comparatively so little. We take so much for granted here in the Western world. Despite the majority of the people living off the equivalent of £1/£2 a day they're some of the happiest people I've ever met. Community spirit is huge there.
Madagascar has been described as the 8th continent of the world due to the amount of endemic species of plants and animals there. It literally is a place like no other of staggering beauty. From the plant life to the wildlife it ranges from the incredibly cute mouse lemurs, the smallest primates of the world, to the downright weird Giraffe Necked Weevil, one of the oddest insects you'll see.
Please click on the link below to take you to the photo galleries of the different places I visited...
I will be uploading more and more photos to each place I went to so please keep revisiting!