Shopping Cart
Your Cart is Empty
There was an error with PayPalClick here to try again
CelebrateThank you for your business!You should be receiving an order confirmation from Paypal shortly.Exit Shopping Cart


"In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous" Aristotle



Madagascar - Ancient, Living Museum

Posted on July 31, 2016 at 4:00 PM

Madagascar – An Ancient, Living Museum

K.A. Beattie

Madagascar could be described as a floating remnant of the ancient landmass called Gondwana. This incredibly primeval ancestry provides the modern world with a glimpse of how our home may have looked long before humans ever walked the earth. Located off the eastern edge of Mozambique, there is little evidence on Madagascar that actually connects it with Africa. This island was a solid “chunk” of landmass that migrated in isolation of the massive continent of Pangea. Gondwana or Gondwanaland was the southernmost portion once Pangea drifted northward, splitting to form two super continents, the other being Laurasia, North America’s origins. The Floral and faunal inhabitants of Madagascar have long intrigued me and for little wonder. This precious piece of history boasts over 12,000 plant species of which 80% are endemic or only found on this island, making it one of the most diverse floras on earth. Comparatively and by way of scale, Tropical Africa has nearly 35,000 species of plants but the region is 35 times larger. Perhaps the most unusual and “must see” regions of Madagascar is the globally distinctive ecosystem, the “spiny forest, thicket or desert”. One of the most bizarre collections of plants that you may ever see, this refuge is a force to contend with. Prickly bits, scratchy twigs, some plants with leaves other totally void and all arranged in what could well be a diorama produced by Fred Flintstone himself. Keeping in the “prehistoric” theme the iconic Baobab trees are truly a sight to behold. One of the most amazing trees on earth, these bloated, bottle-like specimens, six of the eight species are endemic to Madagascar. Adapted over time to endure dry conditions, their swollen trunks, massive root systems and ability to drop their leaves has allowed them to remain in situ for literally centuries. These trees are utilized by locals present and ancient for healing, as repositories for safe keeping, food caches and numerous other functions. The classic forest of Baobabs is often photographed but none do justice to the majesty of these trees.

Curiosities abound in Madagascar, not the least are the amazing Lemurs. Primates by classification and “cuddlies” by definition, these animals as incredibly cute. Lemurs and their families can be seen in selected reserves and if you are fortunate enough to take an excursion from the ship, you are pretty much guaranteed sightings. I love the way some Lemus stand up on the hind legs and scramble through the forest then bounce and hop to the next tree. Giant tortoises also can be found on the islands just off the west coast of Madagascar. Booking a tour or excursion to see them is well worth it also. Some of these specimens are a century old. The many amphibians, reptiles and flocks of incredibly unusual birds are common place. Crocodiles, well yes, but not on my list of specimens to see.

Our mode of Travel to Madagascar is aboard the MS Nautica, a sister ship to our beloved Nautica of the Oceania family. The mid-sized vessels in these particular cases, carry only 684 passengers, and have an agility that the behemoth monster ships do not. Nimble and swift these “L’il Girls” can dock at some of the world’s smaller ports without the need of tenders. I personally enjoy a tender ride but for some it may be more of a challenge for some. Travelling through hot, humid, tropical climates such as Madagascar and the other exotic ports of call in the equatorial regions, can take a toll on some folks, particularly those from more temperate environments. What I relish is that I can tramp through a steamy jungle, wade up to my claves in muddy water, endure sauna-like temperatures and return “home” to the ship (looking a lot like everyone else) and relax. The intrepid explorer is now in five star luxury, several showers and tub soakings later nestled into the comfort of the Grand Dining room, awaiting the reliably excellent service. Our itinerary took us from Dubai in the UAE south and east to several ports in India. These exotic ports offer a wealth of textures, tastes, sounds and actually a veritable buffet for all the senses. Sailing onwards Nautica negotiated the Seychelles and magnificent Maldives, Zanzibar and Mombasa before arriving in Madagascar. In short, the voyage of a lifetime.

In the event that Madagascar is not on your bucket list of places to visit, amend the list. Magical, magnificent Madagascar.



Categories: Travels With Ken

Post a Comment


Oops, you forgot something.


The words you entered did not match the given text. Please try again.


Reply Scoucoulp
4:29 PM on December 17, 2020 
Pharmacie En Ligne Du Canada Cialis enussyattabs generic name for cialis voxyDada search viagra edinburgh cialis charles
Reply nike shox for men
9:29 PM on January 19, 2021 
My wife and i were so lucky Emmanuel could finish up his web research via the precious recommendations he acquired out of your web pages. It is now and again perplexing to just possibly be giving out concepts which often some people may have been trying to sell. And we fully grasp we now have the website owner to thank for that. Those explanations you have made, the straightforward blog menu, the friendships you can make it easier to engender - it's all impressive, and it is aiding our son and the family consider that this content is enjoyable, which is certainly truly pressing. Many thanks for the whole lot!
nike shox for men
Reply lebron 18
9:30 PM on January 19, 2021 
I and also my guys have already been looking at the excellent secrets found on your web page and so the sudden came up with a terrible feeling I never expressed respect to the website owner for them. All the guys appeared to be as a result happy to read through all of them and have in effect actually been loving these things. Appreciation for truly being so kind as well as for deciding on variety of magnificent useful guides millions of individuals are really desirous to be aware of. Our own honest regret for not expressing gratitude to you sooner.
lebron 18
Reply russell westbrook shoes
9:30 PM on January 19, 2021 
I truly wanted to compose a brief comment to be able to express gratitude to you for these great strategies you are showing on this site. My particularly long internet look up has now been paid with really good tips to talk about with my family members. I 'd declare that most of us site visitors are very fortunate to dwell in a remarkable place with many special individuals with insightful tricks. I feel very lucky to have seen your site and look forward to so many more exciting minutes reading here. Thanks once again for a lot of things.
russell westbrook shoes
Reply off white
9:30 PM on January 19, 2021 
I am glad for writing to let you know of the terrific discovery my friend's girl obtained studying the blog. She noticed a wide variety of things, with the inclusion of what it is like to possess a very effective teaching heart to let others just know precisely specific problematic matters. You actually exceeded my expectations. Thanks for showing those warm and friendly, trustworthy, educational and even fun tips about this topic to Evelyn.
off white
Reply yeezy
9:31 PM on January 19, 2021 
I wish to point out my respect for your kindness supporting visitors who absolutely need help with that situation. Your very own commitment to getting the message up and down has been extraordinarily powerful and has always helped others like me to attain their endeavors. Your interesting useful information entails a lot to me and far more to my mates. Regards; from everyone of us.
Reply kd shoes
9:31 PM on January 19, 2021 
I needed to draft you that little bit of remark to be able to say thanks again for your gorgeous advice you have shown on this website. It is quite extremely open-handed of you to present without restraint all a lot of folks could possibly have sold as an electronic book to earn some money for themselves, especially since you might have done it in case you desired. Those smart ideas in addition worked to be the easy way to understand that the rest have the identical eagerness similar to my very own to find out a whole lot more on the subject of this issue. Certainly there are lots of more fun periods in the future for those who looked at your blog post.
kd shoes
Reply bape
9:31 PM on January 19, 2021 
I'm also commenting to let you know what a great encounter our child encountered reading the blog. She learned a lot of issues, including what it's like to possess a marvelous giving heart to let men and women without difficulty master certain tortuous things. You really exceeded our expected results. Thanks for distributing these beneficial, healthy, educational and even cool guidance on the topic to Julie.
Reply jordan 4
9:31 PM on January 19, 2021 
My wife and i were really fulfilled that Chris could complete his research using the precious recommendations he made through the web pages. It is now and again perplexing to just continually be offering instructions most people could have been making money from. We take into account we have the website owner to appreciate because of that. The most important illustrations you've made, the straightforward web site navigation, the relationships you will give support to promote - it is everything impressive, and it is leading our son and the family reason why this idea is excellent, and that is quite important. Thanks for everything!
jordan 4
Reply steph curry shoes
1:07 AM on January 20, 2021 
I wanted to compose you that little observation to finally give thanks as before regarding the exceptional secrets you've featured in this article. It was simply seriously generous of people like you to convey without restraint precisely what many of us could possibly have supplied for an ebook in order to make some profit for themselves, notably considering the fact that you might well have done it if you ever desired. The principles as well served to become a fantastic way to understand that most people have the same passion much like my own to realize somewhat more when it comes to this problem. I think there are many more fun instances up front for people who examine your site.
steph curry shoes
Reply supreme outlet
1:07 AM on January 20, 2021 
Thanks for your own effort on this web site. Gloria delights in making time for internet research and it is obvious why. I notice all about the powerful ways you offer both useful and interesting ideas via your web blog and in addition attract response from some other people on that point so our own princess is starting to learn a great deal. Enjoy the rest of the year. You have been conducting a stunning job.
supreme outlet
Reply yeezys
1:07 AM on January 20, 2021 
I must show my thanks to you for rescuing me from this dilemma. After researching through the the web and coming across things that were not helpful, I thought my entire life was done. Being alive without the presence of solutions to the difficulties you have solved as a result of your entire report is a serious case, and ones which could have negatively affected my career if I had not encountered your site. Your actual training and kindness in controlling all the stuff was excellent. I am not sure what I would've done if I hadn't come upon such a thing like this. I can also at this point look forward to my future. Thanks very much for the impressive and result oriented guide. I will not hesitate to propose the blog to any person who needs guidance on this matter.
Reply balenciaga sneakers
1:07 AM on January 20, 2021 
I really wanted to develop a brief message to be able to thank you for those precious ideas you are giving out on this site. My particularly long internet look up has now been recognized with beneficial knowledge to write about with my close friends. I 'd admit that most of us website visitors actually are extremely fortunate to be in a perfect site with many special individuals with good solutions. I feel very blessed to have seen the weblog and look forward to tons of more pleasurable moments reading here. Thank you once more for all the details.
balenciaga sneakers
Reply supreme clothing
1:07 AM on January 20, 2021 
I not to mention my pals happened to be reading the great items on your web blog and all of the sudden I had a horrible suspicion I had not expressed respect to the web blog owner for those secrets. All the men were totally very interested to see them and have in effect seriously been taking pleasure in those things. Many thanks for simply being simply kind and for choosing this form of perfect information most people are really eager to learn about. My personal honest apologies for not saying thanks to you earlier.
supreme clothing
Reply stone island outlet
1:07 AM on January 20, 2021 
A lot of thanks for all of the efforts on this blog. My daughter takes pleasure in conducting investigation and it's really easy to understand why. Most people know all regarding the compelling ways you present invaluable tricks via the web blog and in addition encourage contribution from some other people on that idea while my girl is discovering a great deal. Take pleasure in the remaining portion of the new year. Your doing a wonderful job.
stone island outlet
Reply off white nike
1:08 AM on January 20, 2021 
My spouse and i were absolutely thankful when John could complete his survey through the precious recommendations he acquired using your web page. It is now and again perplexing just to always be giving out techniques which often men and women could have been selling. And now we remember we have got the website owner to be grateful to because of that. The type of illustrations you made, the easy blog menu, the relationships you can make it possible to create - it's all incredible, and it's really facilitating our son and us feel that this theme is interesting, and that is really indispensable. Many thanks for all!
off white nike
Reply yeezy
1:08 AM on January 20, 2021 
Thanks so much for giving everyone remarkably marvellous possiblity to read in detail from here. It is always so awesome and as well , full of fun for me personally and my office acquaintances to search your website at a minimum three times in 7 days to study the latest tips you have got. And indeed, I am also usually astounded with your amazing tactics you give. Selected 4 ideas in this post are surely the very best I have ever had.
Reply supreme t shirt
1:08 AM on January 20, 2021 
Thank you so much for giving everyone an extremely nice opportunity to read from this website. It's always so amazing and also full of a good time for me and my office peers to visit your web site more than thrice per week to learn the new issues you will have. And indeed, I am just actually impressed with your surprising methods you serve. Some 3 tips in this article are essentially the best we have ever had.
supreme t shirt
Reply adidas yeezy
3:32 PM on January 26, 2021 
I wanted to develop a small message in order to appreciate you for these great facts you are giving here. My time intensive internet lookup has finally been honored with wonderful points to go over with my good friends. I would state that that most of us site visitors are rather fortunate to live in a great website with so many lovely individuals with insightful opinions. I feel rather happy to have encountered your entire web pages and look forward to really more entertaining moments reading here. Thank you again for everything.
adidas yeezy
Reply yeezy 500
3:32 PM on January 26, 2021 
I must express some appreciation to the writer for rescuing me from such a condition. Just after researching through the the web and finding basics which are not productive, I believed my life was gone. Existing devoid of the strategies to the problems you have fixed by way of the posting is a crucial case, as well as the ones that could have badly affected my career if I hadn't come across your website. Your personal skills and kindness in taking care of all the stuff was precious. I am not sure what I would have done if I hadn't come across such a point like this. It's possible to at this time relish my future. Thank you very much for your high quality and sensible guide. I won't be reluctant to propose your web site to any individual who ought to have assistance about this subject matter.
yeezy 500