Madagascar is located off Africa’s southeast coast. The country has some of the most unique flora and fauna in the world. Because of its isolation is has over millions of years formed a natural history habitat for many species, where evolution took a different route. These species include 31 varieties of lemur, 26 species of bats, 51 species of chameleons; 144 species of frogs, over 300 species of butterfly; and over 250 species of birds.
To see a reasonable spectrum of Malagasy plants, animals, people and scenery, you have to visit one site in each of the island’s chief climatic zones. These are the damp rainforests in the East; the spiny sub-desert in the South, and the tropical dry deciduous forest in the West. The three most popular reserves in the country are Andasibe, Berenty and Anjajavy.
The best time of the year to visit Madagascar is between September and December. This is after the cool, dry winter, but before the really hot rainy season. Lemurs give birth at this time, so there is a good chance of being able to see and photograph infants with their mothers. In addition, birds are also most vocal and conspicuous at this time. Chameleons and other reptiles are least active between June and August, which is the coolest time of the year.
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