“The Red Island.”
Suggested duration of the trip: 12 days.
Southern Madagascar is the driest region on the island, and perhaps also the most unique in terms of landscape and environment. We can find expanses of dense forest dotted with forests of majestic baobab trees, and it is the only place in the world you can see the thorny forest, a semi-desert ecosystem formed by huge cactus-like plants that grow only here.
This island is unique: 5 percent of all known plant and animal species can be found here, and only here. Few countries on Earth can boast the coexistence of sandstone canyons, limestone rocks, mountains, fertile hills with terraced rice paddies, forests of all kinds – rain, arid, thorny – and 5,000 km of coastline.
The island’s iconic animal is the lemur, as it is known, but there are many other strange and wonderful creatures: the mysterious fossa (a cat-like predator), chameleons, oddly shaped insects, frogs, turtles, and several species of sharks and humpback whales. Successive waves of migrants from various corners of the Indian Ocean have given rise to an original and rich cultural melting pot.
The range of outdoor activities is also rich: hiking, diving, mountain biking, kitesurfing, rock climbing, and many others. And there are also natural pools, beaches and hammocks for sacrosanct moments of relaxation.