The Avenue of Baobabs

July 30, 2016 // : Eza Doortmont // IN: Nature

The Avenue of Baobabs

Eza Doortmont | July 30, 2016      Nature 




Madagascar or the Malagasy Republic is well known for its specific flora and fauna. Because the country is an island, the nature is unique and is almost not comparable to other countries in Africa. The island reflects the fact that the nature has been isolated for over 88 million years. 90 percent of the nature found on the island is unique in the world and only found in Madagascar. Including the lemurs.

Must See
One of the famous things to see in Madagascar is the Avenue of the Baobabs. This is a big group of Baobab trees a dirt road between Morondava and Belon'i Tsiribihina in the Menabe region of western Madagascar. This road is said to be the most beautiful road in Madagascar.

The avenue is a row of about 20 - 25 imposing Baobab trees along the 260m dirt road. It has been said to be worth the drive even though it is a hard drive and demands an experienced driver. The avenue is also the most accessible place to see the Baobab trees in Africa. In the future it is planned to develop ecotourism to preserve the area and these gorgeous Baobab trees. The tree is most affectionately referred to as the upside-down tree, but it is also known as the boab, boaboa and bottle tree. The Baobabs can be up to 800 years of age and reach heights of 98 feet (30 m). The diameter of the larger trees can reach up to 36 feet (11 m) and the circumference can be up to 160 feet (50 m) around. The Avenue of the Baobabs in Madagascar is also known as the Alley of Baobabs.  It is not indigenous to Madagascar and may be found in other parts of Africa. It is here where the larger Baobabs are said to be located and the ones that feature the larger circumferences around 160 feet.

Must Experience 

South of Morondova also in the Menabe region is one of the many nature parks in Madagascar situated. The Kirindy Mitea National Park is situated near Belo sur Mer and is a dry deciduous national park of about 12,000 hectares. It is surrounded by the Maharivo River and Lampaolo River.

In the park live 11 species of mammals. Ten of these are endemic. Among these is the Madame Berthe’s mouse lemur, the smallest primate in the world and only known living in this park. Also the fossa, Madagascar’s largest predator and the lemurs only predator (apart from human). Other mammals endemic to the Menabe region include the giant jumping rat (Hypogeomys antimena) and the narrow-striped mongoose (Mungotictis decemlineata).

Furthermore, there are 47 species of birds (33 endemic) and 23 species of reptiles.
In the park there are 8 different kind of lemurs living. Next to the animals there are 185 kinds of plants living in the park.

In the park there are different resorts and hotels situated. Though the park isn’t crowded with tourists.


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