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Morondava is an old fashioned city situated on the western coast of Madagascar. From here the journey starts for the Kirindy Forest Reserve, the Tsingy de Bemaraha and the Kirindy Mite National Park. Morondava is famous for the avenues of Baobabs trees. Morondava is the capital of Menabe region and is located near the River Morondava delta.
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The city is famous for its local markets like Bazary Be and Namahora as well as beautiful beaches. However, its main attraction is the Avenue of the Baobabs. The huge baobabs trees make it a delightful sight, rooted firmly in the red blazing soil that gives the area a surreal look. The baobabs trees some of which are more than 800 years old and reach a staggering height of 30m have massive trunks and flowers between February and March. It is a heavenly experience to see the sunset over the magnificent baobabs on the vermillion soil underneath.
Being the center of the Sakalava kingdom Morondava is influenced by its culture and history. The royal tombs are made from wood decorated with erotic sculptures are historical treasures and are admired by locals. Besides, the locals believe in various traditions such as the ‘asa lolo’ or‘moraingy’ that are ways to discover and understand the culture of the tribes and locals of the area.
Morondava is a favorite destination among tourists and nature lovers because of its close proximity to nature and wildlife.
The Kirindy Forest Reserve has highest number of primates in the world and is located at, 50km from Morondava. The baobab trees are the main vegetative cover of the reserve which is the natural habitat of the smallest primate of the world. The reserve is home to more than 60 bird species, some of which include the rufous vanga, white-headed vanga, crested coua, cuckoo roller, white-breasted, grey-headed lovebird and more. The forest is also home to more than 8 lemur species and boasts of unique flora.
The Kirindy Mite National Park that is situated at 60km from Morondava is surrounded by beaches, offshore islands, spiny forests, lakes, baobab, and mangrove forests. It is inhabited by Malagasy bee-eater, species of lemur, birds and colombar maitsou.
Madagascar park is also famous for its beautiful Lake Ambondro and Lake Sirave.
The Tsingy de Bemaraha is the biggest reserve of Madagascar that is located at 200km from Morondava. The limestone topography provides a spectacular look to landscapes with sharp peaks ‘tsingy’ standing out on the plateau. The reserve is home to stump-tailed chameleon, lemur species, and bird species. The reserve is also famous for its various activities such as hiking, cruising on the Tsiribhina River, potholing and more.
Manambol and Mankogy rivers passes through Morondava that also shares its border with the Mozambique Channel. One can cruise to the Tsiribhina River and reach the Tsingy de Bemaraha or boat along the rivers to discover the picturesque landscapes of the region.
Morondova with its beaches, markets and historical influences is a unique town that is a far cry from the bustling modern cities. The locals still have faith in voodoos and ancient traditions. The beautiful and scenic surrounding gives a chance to explore the hidden treasures of nature. The presence of amphibians, birds, and primates in Morondava has made it popular among naturalists and culturists.
How to reach
Morondava is connected by Air Madagascar that operates daily flights from Antananarivo and other cities. A new road is also constructed to easily connect Morondava and Antananarivo cities.
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