Flights - Madagascar, and Introduction

By: Liam G

Situated in the Indian Ocean, off the south-eastern coast of Africa is the 4th largest island in the world - Madagascar.

It is predicted that Madagascar split from the African continent some 165 million years ago, and since then it has become one of the most enticing destinations on the planet.

With its lack of modern conveniences and infrastructure, the island is not recommended for the faint hearted, but the eager explorer.

Being one of the most bio-diverse islands on the planet, those with a keen interest in flora and fauna will find the island an enthralling experience. Home to 5% of the world's plant and animal species, 80% of which cannot be found anywhere else on earth the island is truly exceptional.

Examples of this include the 3,000 indigenous species of butterfly and the world famous lemur. Even though lemurs are listed as a threatened species because of deforestation and hunting there are still around 50 different types that roam the islands vast lush forests and grassy plateaus.

Along with the famous lemurs are some of the islands more bizarre creatures such as the giant jumping rats and tenrecs, which bear resemblance to hedgehogs, shrews, mice and even otters.

The sheer beauty and exotic wildlife the island has to offer has led to a great number of national reserves and preservation programmes being set up - which aim to maintain the islands unique environment.

A visit to the island will undoubtedly involve a few days spent in Antananarivo or Tana, the capital, which is home to the country's only major airport. Nestled into the hillside and ridges, near the islands east coast, Tana is an interesting city, bustling with life and the warm heartedness of the locals makes it a welcoming resting place for tourists.

If you manage to pry yourself away from the islands inland nature you will not be disappointed with the stunning palm tree beaches that ring the island, which offer a wealth of water sports.

Perhaps it is the isolation of the island that has led to the development and evolution of animal and plant species ranging from exotic to completely bizarre - whatever the reason, It's certain that a trip to Madagascar is an experience you won't get anywhere else on earth.

As mentioned, Tana is the only city with a major airport, and thus the main port of call for most flights into the country. Madagascar is becoming a particularly popular destination and thus finding cheap flights to the country is relatively easy. Using the internet to source your flights is an excellent option.

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