Madagascar - the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean

Zegrahm Contributor|June 9, 2015|Blog Post

The Galápagos Islands are known for their endemism—wildlife found no place else on earth has made these stunning islands their home for over hundreds of years. And, if you have already explored these gems of the Pacific, why not consider an equally enchanting destination—Madagascar, the Galápagos of the Indian Ocean. 90% of all forest flora is endemic, and over half of the 250-plus bird species are found nowhere else in the world. Plus, Madagascar is home to 49 different lemur species and 1,000 varieties of orchid! Highlights of visiting this island country include:

  • Observing lemurs, the iconic symbol of Madagascar, in their natural habitat.
  • Discovering the island’s diverse—and largely endemic—flora and fauna.
  • Photographing a variety of wildlife including white-browed owls, Verreaux’s sifakas, striped mongoose, and myriad colorful chameleons.
  • Exploring a variety of habitats during nature walks, nocturnal spotlighting excursions, by boat, and in 4x4 vehicles.

This adventure will be led by long-time Zegrahm leader, Lex Hes. A naturalist and wildlife photographer, Lex has been involved in the world of wildlife for the past 30 years. He has five books to his credit, including The Complete Book of Southern African Mammals, and was previously a guide at the world-famous Londolozi Game Reserve. 

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