We like to call Madagascar the “Eighth Continent” because it is so different from the rest of the world that it almost deserves to be considered as its own continent! Any world traveller will want to visit this island, whether they’re interested in wildlife, culture, or just relaxing on the beach.
Madagascar is most famous as a treasure house of wildlife. The lemurs make up a whole sub-order of primates, and are only found here. These include the famous Ring-tailed Lemur, and the Indri, which is like a big black-and-white teddy bear that sings whale songs! But lemurs aren’t the whole story… there is a bounty of unique birds, bizarre reptiles, and beautiful butterflies… not to mention 2/3 of the world’s species of baobabs to see in Madagascar.
“Madagascar is a living laboratory unlike anyplace else on Earth…In simple terms, most of Madagascar’s wonderfully unique species are found nowhere else…” – Russell Mittermeier in The Eighth Continent, by Peter Tyson.