Madagaskar is naas Groenland, Nieu Guinee en Borneo die wêreld se vierde grootste eiland. Dit is ʼn land van dramatiese kontraste en wel bekend vir sy diverse landskappe, flora en fauna en fassinerende kultuur van sy mense. Daar is iets in Madagaskar vir almal: natuurliefhebbers word onvermydelik betower deur die uniekheid van sy fauna en onvergelykbaar diverse flora.

 

Daar word dikwels na Madagaskar verwys as die Groot Rooi Eiland  as gevolg van sy rooi kleigrond. Die eiland het tussen 120 en 165 miljoen jaar gelede van die super-kontinent Gondwana afgesplit. Dit het toegelaat dat die eiland in geografiese isolasie uit Afrika en Indië ontwikkel het, wat 'n evolusie van sy plante en diere toegelaat het in ʼn beskermde omgewing, grootliks vry van roofdiere.

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Die resultaat is 'n eienaardige samevoeging van lewensvorme, insluitende verskeie spesies van pigmee seekoeie, lemurs wat wissel in grootte van 150 gram tot dié van 'n vroulike gorilla en van die kleinste tot die grootste verkleurmannetjie.

 

As gevolg van sy diversiteit, word Madagaskar dikwels na verwys as die agtste kontinent. Mense het in Madagaskar ongeveer 2000 jaar gelede bereik van Suidoos-Asië en Afrika. Die bevolking het ontwikkel in baie stamme, sub-stamme, maar die sowat 22 miljoen Malgassies word verenig deur taal en 'n eiesoortige kultuur.

 

Madagaskar is 'n arm land en die toerisme-infrastruktuur is maar karig. Dit is 'n wonderlike uitdaging vir Voetspore ekspedisie No. 10.

Madagascar is the world’s fourth largest island after Greenland, New Guinea and Borneo. This is a land of dramatic contrasts and renowned for its exceptional diverse landscapes, flora and fauna as well as the intriguing culture of its people. There is something in Madagascar for everyone: nature lovers are inevitably enchanted by the compelling uniqueness of its fauna and incomparably diverse flora.

 

Often referred to as the Great Red Island because of its red clay soils, Madagascar splintered off from the super-continent Gondwana between 120 and 165 million years ago, creating a geographic isolation from Africa and India which facilitated a gentle evolution of its plants and animals in a protective environment, largely free from predators.

 

The result is a peculiar assemblage of life forms, including several species of pigmy hippopotamus, lemurs that range in size form 150 gram up to that of a female gorilla and from the smallest to the largest chameleons.

 

Because of its diversity, Madagascar is often referred to as the eighth continent. Humans arrived in Madagascar about 2000 from Southeast Asia and Africa. Separated into many tribes, sub-tribes and clans, the approximately 22 million Malagasy are united by language and an endlessly intriguing culture.

 

Madagascar is a poor country and the tourist infrastructure remains modest. This is a wonderful challenge for Voetspore Expedition No. 10.

 

Roete / Route

Die roete begin by die hawestad Tamatave. Van daar gaan ons noord na Diego Suarez en Nose Be, dan suid, verby die hoofstad Antananarivo, dan na Fianarantsoa, Tuléar en Fort Dauphin, dan na die weskus by Morondava. Ons eindig die reis by Pangalanes, op pad terug na Tamatave.

 

Our route will start at the port of Tamatave. From there we will continue north to Diego Suarez and Nose Be, then travel to the capital Antananarivo, then to Fianarantsoa, Tulear, Fort Dauphin and then to Morondava on the west coast. We end the journey with a visit to the Pangalanes, en route to Tamatave.

 

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