There's a good article in this month's National Geographic Magazine about the Tsingy of Bemaraha in Western Madagascar.
|Tsingy of Bemaraha, Madagascar|
'A city of limestone towers'
It reminds me of our trip there in May 2008; I still have a scar on my arm as a souvenir ! To read the article see Living on a Razor's Edge - Madagascar's labryinth of stone. Here are some more National Geographic photos of Madagascar; like the one above they were all taken by photographer Stephen Alvarez:
|'Vertical pupils identify a seseke, or leaf-tailed gecko, as a |
nocturnal creature. Its camouflage works so well that the lizard
doesn’t hide during the day. It simply flattens itself against
tree trunks while waiting for darkness and insects to eat.'
|'Spiny, drought-tolerant Pachypodium plants |
also thrive in the tsingy’s top reaches.'
|'Unexplored passages shelter some of the island’s—and the |
world’s— strangest species, from the ghostly Decken’s
sifaka, a lemur, to a host of reptiles, insects, and plants.'
|'Troops of Decken’s sifakas, found only in west Madagascar, cruise |
the tops of the tsingy searching for food and evading predators.
Like other lemurs, they probably live in small family groups.'
|'Fearless acrobat, a Decken’s sifaka leaps a chasm a 100 feet deep'|
If you enjoyed this post you might also like:
- Ile Sainte Marie - in 2004 we spent a week on this island off the north-east coast of Madagascar.
- Dancing with the Dead - A journey through Zanzibar and Madagascar by Helena Drysdale
- Muddling Through Madagascar by Dervla Murphy. Murphy and her 14-year-old daughter Rachel make their way across and around the southern two-thirds of Madagascar, finding spectacular scenery and severe erosion; no reliable modern communication system or transport network, and sanitary conditions best left unmentioned. Murphy interweaves the story of their adventures with an account of the island's history and its peoples.