An introduction to the island country of madagascar

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Madagascar has been isolated from Africa for over million years. For further information on Madagascar wildlife holidays please call us on or contact us to speak to one of our safari specialists.

Lemurs have been characterized as "Madagascar's flagship mammal species" by Conservation International.

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To the east it descends in a sharp fault, by vertical steps of 1, to 2, feet to metres. The coastline is straight, bordered by small dunes and fringed with mangroves.

An introduction to the island country of madagascar

It is unlike anywhere else in Africa or Asia. For this reason, most of the plants and animals found on the island exist nowhere else on Earth. To the east it descends in a sharp fault, by vertical steps of 1, to 2, feet to metres. The drugs vinblastine [34] [35] and vincristine [34] [36] are vinca alkaloids , [37] [38] used to treat Hodgkin's disease , [39] leukemia , [40] and other cancers, [41] were derived from the Madagascar periwinkle. The plateau slopes with some regularity toward the extreme southern plain, but its boundaries to the east and west are more abrupt. The north of the island is where the best beach destinations are found, some of which are quite spectacular, so it is easy to combine a few days of relaxation with more general exploration of the island. Oh, and there are plenty of natural pools, beaches and hammocks on which to recover, too. Much of this biodiversity is under threat, from climate change and population pressure, giving each trip a sense of urgency but also purpose: tourism can truly be a force for good. There are fantastic sights to discover this unique history, but also numerous opportunities to meet local people and immerse yourself in their world: in village stays, long-distance trails, festivals, taxi-brousse bush taxis and Friday night discos. There are sandstone canyons, limestone karsts, mountains, fertile hills cascading with terraced rice paddies, forests of every kind — rain, dry, spiny — and a laterite-rich soil that gave the country its nickname of 'Red Island'. There are sandstone canyons, limestone karsts, mountains, fertile hills cascading with terraced rice paddies, forests of every kind — rain, dry, spiny — and a laterite-rich soil that gave the country its nickname of 'Red Island'. With km of coastline, the sea is never very far, turquoise and idyllic in places, dangerous in others. Epic Landscapes The remarkable fauna and flora is matched by epic landscapes of an incredible diversity: you can go from rainforest to desert in just km.

The Tsaratanana region in the north is separated from the rest of the plateau by the Tsaratanana Massifwhose summit, Maromokotro, reaches 9, feet 2, metres and is the highest point on the island. Community Welcome to Madagascar Lemurs, baobabs, rainforest, desert, hiking and diving: Madagascar is a dream destination for outdoors enthusiasts — half the fun is getting to all these incredible attractions.

The Malagasy -- the name for the people of the island -- are descended from Indonesians who made their way across the Indian Ocean.

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Few places on Earth offer such an intense kaleidoscope of nature.

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