Madagascar is one of the most important biodiversity hotspots in the world. More than 160 million years ago Madagascar broke away from Africa and is a living example of flora and fauna evolution in isolation; undisturbed by outside influences and human beings. Over 70% of animals and 90% of plants found in Madagascar are endemic; found nowhere else on the world. The variety is also extreme in hosting 5% of all animal and plant species known to man.
Although we are not typical sun-sea-beach-people, the bounty beaches on Ile Saint Maris were quit awesome.
Interesting fact is that the island became a popular base for priates in the 17th and 18th century; since it is located along the maritime routs from the East Indies, protected from storms and has an abundance of fruits.
Every year humpback whales migrate from the Antarctic to breed in the waters of Madagscar.
To reach the village Sahalampona you first need to follow a river on a small motorboat, 8 hours upstream from the neareast village accessible by car. Sahalampona has around 300 inhabitants. They are living from rice, fish and fruits. The river is their source of life; used for drinking, bathing, washing, swimming, fishing, transportation and irrigation. There is a primary- and a small secondary school, a few small shops and a witch doctor.
Antananarivo is the capital city of Madagascar. Literary it means ‘place of 1000 warriors’. The inhabitants of Madagascar are an interesting mix of people originating from South-East Asia (Indonesia, India, Malaysia) and the African East coast. Alltogether they became the Malagasy people; very friendly and hospital.