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Madagascar: The Lost Island

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From endemic wildlife to bizarre stone forests and unexplored beaches, remote Madagascar may just be one of Africa’s last great unknowns. By: Nellie Huang | Originally published in WildJunket Magazine April/May 2012 t was a tail. A very long, white and bushy tail. It swung back and forth in our direction, combing the breeze for [...]

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8 Things You Might Not Know about Madagascar

// Before coming to the Red Island, I knew nothing about Madagascar, except for its quirky lemurs and chameleons (let’s admit it, even that I’d learned from the animation movie). Remote and isolated, Madagascar is a hidden paradise little known to the outside world – making it all the more fascinating and alluring for me. [...]

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Life Lessons from a Bustling Village Market in Madagascar

“Food comes to those who work, those who don’t work should not eat, ” translates Heri, our local guide. These words, in Malagasy language, are sprawled across the front gate of the central market. Heri tells us it’s just one of the many Malagasy sayings. The words might sound harsh to most of us, but [...]

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Madagascar: Laidback Beach Town of Morondava

// “Mora mora.” Slowly, slowly. Everywhere you go in Madagascar, you see and hear these words. But in Morondava, it takes on new meaning. Here, mora mora is a way of life – there’s no rush to get anywhere, nor stress to get things done. It’s where you go to kick back, relax and let [...]

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Photoblog: Life Along the Tsiribihina River, Madagascar

Before setting off for Madagascar, I dreamt about its wildlife, its forests and its cities; but only after the trip did I realize that the most memorable moments of my trip were spent watching the locals. I remember watching them sell sugarcane on the streets, make cakes on their steaming hot pans, paint each other’s [...]

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Climbing Madagascar’s Stone Forest – Tsingy de Bemaraha

// They don’t call this the ‘wild west’ for nothing. Red Earth, robust baobab trees and brownish rivers – the remote Western region of the country epitomizes Madagascar at its most exotic. With few roads connecting here to the rest of the country, this hard-to-reach region is pockmarked with hidden caves, towering cliffs, winding rivers [...]

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World’s Most Unearthly Landscapes

Eerie, dramatic and enigmatic: certain landscapes on Earth can be so unworldly, they’re reminscent of scenes from outer space. Many of these hotspots have been sculpted by the hands of Mother Nature, moulded into intriguing destinations that have captivated the imagination of modern-day travelers. While space travel still seems to …

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Wildlife-watching in the Kirindy Nature Reserve, Madagascar

// During our trip to Madagascar, the Kirindy Forest Reserve was our first stop and it also proved to be the highlight of the trip. We’d come to Madagascar to see wildlife, and Kirindy definitely did not disappoint. Located in one of the most remote corners of Madagascar, the Kirindy Forest Reserve is home to [...]

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Faces of Madagascar

// I love interacting with people when I travel – locals, expats, guides or peddlers, they are the ones who tell the story of a country. During our trip through Madagascar, I was especially drawn to its people: the Malagasies are an optimistic, hardworking and resilient bunch. As we walked through markets and drove past [...]

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Captivating Moments – Catching Sunset at Avenue du Baobab, Madagascar

// There are some things in life that are so beautiful they often leave us speechless and moved to tears. For me, watching sunset along the Baobab Avenue in Madagascar is one of them. The Avenue du Baobab in Western Madagascar might be one of the most touristy spots in the country, but its natural [...]

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Madagascar Unmasked: Wildlife, Nature and Beautiful People

// There are few places as remote and wild as Madagascar, and even fewer that offer such fulfilling and authentic travel experiences. La Grand Île (as it is known in French, meaning the big island) is like nowhere else on Earth: it is home to a unique group of endemic animals and plants which had [...]

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