Madagascar The Eco Paradise
With 75 percent of the world’s species residing in Madagascar, the huge island nation off the southeast coast of Africa is one travel destination that should be at the top of your list. From lush rainforests to tropical beaches, the tranquil, or if you prefer, the adventurous environment has something for everyone. As a home to thousands of animal species including the “Big Five“ which include the lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and African buffalo, the term “Big Five” was once used by hunters who were rewarded for hunting these animals. Today, most take a more peaceful approach and would rather see them than hunt them.
Home to chameleons, tortoises, and hummingbirds; the largest draw to the country are the famous lemurs who are found nowhere else in the world. The land is rich with cocoa, vanilla, ylang-ylang, and papyrus all of which are native to Madagascar; for the more sadistic botanist, mesmerizing carnivorous plants. Being one of the last remaining unspoiled oases on the planet, the virgin forests, savannas and tiny islands are yours to explore.
For the history buff, Ambohimanga, the hillside complex that includes royal palaces and sacred burial grounds can be visited near the busy capital of Antananarivo. Also in this area, the “Avenue of the Baobabs,” an ancient dirt road lined by massive centuries-old trees is a photographers dream come true and a worthy addition to your travel bucket list.
For a touch of luxury, the Anjajavy l’Hôtel by the first-class Relais & Châteaux Hoteliers offers you a top-tier experience. With not only your comfort and amenities in mind, the culinary experience is just as luxurious. Far from any thoroughfare, the rosewood villas scattered along the sandy beach on the Mozambique Channel is paradise at it’s best. Listed as a private reserve, the 550 hectares property surrounded by water is a rich example of biodiversity with 2000 varieties of plants, 130 birds species, and seven fabulous lemurs, creating a romance between the Anjajavy Hotel and its busy and diverse forest.