The Avenue or Alley of the Baobabs is a prominent group of baobab trees lining the road between Morondava and Belon'I Tsiribihina in Menabe, in western Madagascar. Its gorgeous scenery attracts travelers from around the globe, making it one of the most visited places in the area. It was a center of local conservation efforts, and was granted temporary protected status in July of the year 2007 by the Ministry of Environment, Water and Forests, the 1st step towards making it the 1st national monument in the country of Madagascar. Along the Avenue are a dozen trees about 30 meters high, Adansonia Grandidier, endemic to the country. Baobab trees grow up to 800 years old, and are known locally as Renala, which in their language means the mother of the forest. It is not a park area that is nationalized, and trees are threatened by deforestation, by rice fields and sugar cane plantations, and wildfires. Despite its popularity as a tourist destination, the area has nothing open for it to visit, and local residents receive little income from tourism.
The village is in the Ankazobe national 4, 39 km from Antananarivo, the capital. The streets are unpaved and dirt, as the island is red so there are contrasts. The sky is a deep blue. When we got there it was a market day and the streets were crowded. We stayed at the Hotel Madame Martinelli. Anyone looking for luxury and comfort, it cannot be found in a place like Ankazobe, but there are nice people, places full of charm and moments to treasure. When I was there there was no electricity. The nights are unforgettable.
It was an unforgettable experience, to travel to Madagascar with a group of photographers specializing in wildlife and nature. A few days before the end of the trip, we traveled to a nearby beach in Morondava where we found a group of children who we started to play with and talk to and that's when we took this photo. Hope you enjoy it!
The Pangalanes canal is in eastern Madagascar, connecting north to south. It is also used for irrigation, (it is fresh water), and connecting Manakala lake with the river in the north, near Sahambavy. The only means of transport is the rowboat, usually with 4-8 paddlers. Ours was seven, one cook and steward. It was a beautiful experience thanks to the landscape and the people that we saw along the way. Here some pictures.
Diego Suarez Bay is on the northern tip of Madagascar. It is named after two Portuguese navigators: Diego Diaz (15th century) and Admiral Suarez (16th century). It consists of 4 main bays. One has a "sugar loaf" locally regarded as a sacred place. The principal city, Antsiranana, is situated on a promontory. The port, military in the past, has become the second commercial port of the island. The region of Diego Suarez, condenses all climates of the island. A national park is located on the Mount of Amber.
Exceptional site, south of the island of Santa Maria in the Indian Ocean, part of Madagascar, a place of excursions, relaxation and contact with the sea and nature. Accommodation is quite simple, but very comfortable and in keeping with the environment. It's worth the trip to see humpback whales. Wonderful beaches.
This river rises in the centre of the country and stretches over 250 kilometres to reach the Mozambique Channel. It can be sailed during the dry season and you can camp on the sandy virgin beaches. I've met many villagers who live far away from civilization and the ancestral rituals are the entire subsistence of the economy. The landscape changes while sailing until you come to the throat of the PN Tsingy of Behamara.
It feels so good on the beaches of the west coast of Madagascar. All day this beach is a place where the boats move around leaving and returning from fishing, bringing back the fish to be sold. What are we going to eat tonight? ... Lobster, shrimp ...prawns ...
This marvel is a sacred place for the Malagasy's culture and it is frequented by the locals to perform funerals. It is prohibited to foreigners. The photos are made on the trail that joins Ramena and Antsiranana.