Captivating Moments – Catching Sunset at Avenue du Baobab, Madagascar

Posted on July 26, 2011 by

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 beauty is hard to resist.

As we gathered along the row of unique-looking baobab trees, we watched in silence as the giant orange yolk bathe the sandy-brown desert in a blanket of gold. The colors shimmered and dazzled, changing from bright vermillion to mandarin orange and slowly wispy gold before the sun disappeared beyond the horizon. It took place in a matter of minutes but to see the movement of the sun and the transformation of light before us was enough to take our breathe away. Here are some photos we shot during sunset, hope you can feel the magic as much as we did.


Behind the scenes: these images were shot by my partner in crime, Alberto Molero.


About Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is a professional travel writer and blogger with a special interest in off-grid destinations and adventure travel. Her mission is to visit every country in the world. In her quest, she's climbed an active volcano in Iceland, swam with sealions in the Galapagos, built a school in Tanzania, waddled with penguins in Antarctica, crossed into North Korea and drank beer in Palestine.

15 Responses to “Captivating Moments – Catching Sunset at Avenue du Baobab, Madagascar”

  1. ALAandy July 26, 2011 7:18 am #

    Looks awesome! I love watching the sunrise and sunset on my journeys. The sunrise is still probably my favorite though as I love watching the sun slowly creeping up and lighting up the land. It really is the best way to bring in a day and start it out right. A good sunset at the end of the day can also bring a great to a close as well.

    Some of my favorite shots from my journey to Namibia last year came at sunrise/sunset. It was their winter so the sunrise was at 7ish and the sunset was at 5ish. Making it very manigible to watch both in a day. The whole month I was there I don't think I missed a single one.

    Here are a few of my favorite shots I took at sunrise/sunset

    Andy Austin
    Austin-Lehman Adventures
    Voted one of the world’s best Adventure Travel Companies!

  2. Mark Wiens July 26, 2011 8:37 am #

    Beautiful shots Nellie. Baobab trees are so unique looking and this avenue during sunset is beautiful. Truly a speechless breathtaking moment.

  3. Nancy & Shawn Power. July 27, 2011 1:46 am #

    Beautiful shots!!

  4. Michela @RockyTravel February 6, 2012 6:58 pm #

    Gorgeous shots, Nellie. I love Baobab Trees…you can find them in WA too….the view from this avenue is simply amazing!

    • Nellie February 8, 2012 10:56 pm #

      Thanks Michela! I didn\’t know there were baobab trees in Western Australia too – been there when I was a kid. The baobabs in Madagascar are truly impressive – all of them huge, tall and massive and many are as old as 1200 years old!

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