A recent spate of attacks have left local people scared for their safety in rural Madagascar, threatening vital conservation work in the nearby rainforest.
This striking landscape is otherworldly.
The tsingy of Madagascar, the thin, needle-like rock formations in the country, have a soft, sweet sing-song name. With one foot on a knife-edge, the other in the air, the word soft didn’t come into it. I gripped the tsingy and tried not to look down. A long, long way down. In Malagasy, the word tsingy means “walking on tip toes” or “the place where one cannot walk barefoot.” It’s a translation I’d overlooked for reasons that didn’t come to mind right now. My hand grazed another and I did my best to ignore the pace of my pulse. I
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The Grande Tsingy is not for the faint-hearted. And when you reach the top, you are left in tears at the sheer beauty of madagascar’s adventure trail.
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Find out everything you need to know about visiting Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park in Madagascar including what to do, when to go and where to stay.
Antananarivo, called Tananarive in French and also known by its colonial shorthand form Tana, is the capital and largest city of Madagascar. The larger urban area surrounding the city, known as Antananarivo-Renivohitra (“Antananarivo-Mother Hill” or “Antananarivo-Capital”), is the capital of Analamanga region. The city is located 4,199 ft (1,280 m) above the sea level in the center of the island, and has been the island’s largest population center since at least the 18th century. Sadly Tana is not a city to visit, despite great natural beauty, crime due to extreme poverty, crowding and disease such as pneumatic plague make it inadvisable to walk without a professional escort, take a taxi or any public transportation and in reality, leave the safety of a reputable hotel. It is basically a place to stay until you leave for somewhere else, often on the single runway of the “International” airport. While we are on the subject, Taxibrousse is the famous French name for the Malagasy bush taxi, which is a kind of share taxi for overland drives.
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WHILE THRILL-SEEKING is often associated with skydiving or bungee jumping, some of the scariest experiences can be had just by putting one foot in front of the other. From a stroll high up in the trees to a bridge made from only vines, here are nine of the world’s most perilous and spine-tingling footbridges.
1. Taman Negara Canopy Walk, Malaysia
What started out as a way for biologists to get a tree-top view of their canopy-dwelling animal and plant subjects, has now become one of the best ways to experience the flora and fauna of the oldest rainforest in the world: Taman Negara. The Taman Negara Canopy Walk is a narrow, wooden path that leads you 530 meters (1738 feet) through dense greenery — the forest floor a heady 40 meters (130 feet) below — allowing intimate access to the megadiversity of Malaysia, which, in this rainforest, includes giant squirrels and a third of the world’s total bird species.
2. Capilano Suspension Bridge, Canada
Head to British Columbia to walk on the Capilano Suspension Bridge, a footbridge 70 meters (930 feet) above the Capilano River.
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SPRING INTO WILDLIFE
Spring is arguably the best season for wildlife encounters. As temperatures begin heating up across the Northern Hemisphere, travelers can look forward to more opportunities to get outside and watch Mother Nature in action, especially in these 20 destinations.
DENALI NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE, ALASKA
Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska was created more than 100 years ago and today boasts nearly 170 species of birds, 39 species of mammals and 14 different species of fish. In addition to bears and moose, visitors can spot wolves, caribou, marmots and squirrels.
GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, ECUADOR
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to some of the rarest animal species on the planet so there’s never a bad time to visit. Whether you prefer watching wildlife from land or sea, the Galapagos offers tons of potential.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, COLORADO
Spring is an excellent time for wildlife viewing in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park since many animals move to lower elevations this time of year. Herds tend to feed in the lower valleys in April and elk, moose, deer and bighorn sheep present their newborn calves, fawns and lambs in May and June.
Forests cover 31% of the Earth’s land surface, and there are three distinct types: tropical, temperate, and boreal (taiga).
From the otherworldly Dragon’s Blood Forest in Yemen to Hawaii’s magical Rainbow Eucalyptus Forest, these vastly different woods showcase the world’s unique beauty in singular ways.
Keep scrolling to see 19 of the world’s most beautiful forests.
Pa Phru Tha Pom Khlong Song Nam, Thailand
The name Tha Pom Khlong Song Nam means “two-water canal.” This ecological center is known for its magnificent mangrove trees as well as its shockingly blue water — a color that occurs when seawater mingles with freshwater at certain points in the tide cycle.
Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve, Madagascar
Tsingy, Madagascar’s “stone forest,” offers one of the most unique landscapes in the world — rugged terrain characterized by karst formations (porous limestone that was carved over time by rainfall).
A UNESCO World Heritage site, Tsingy is also home to a number of rare and threatened animals, including 11 lemur species and several species endemic only to the reserve, such as the lowland red forest rat.
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If Fiji is done to death and the Northern Lights are so 2017 then head out to these 10 exotic locales recommended by Nikita Chawla for the ultimate travel experience!
2018 is here and along with your New Year resolutions it’s time to set New Travel Goals! If you have already trekked to Machu Picchu, admired the Northern Lights in Iceland or perhaps done the Great Ocean Road and bored of the Louvre in Paris, then this list is for you! If Fiji is so last year and if you have something exotic on your mind, here are 10 lesser explored entrants for those who have travel on their plate!
Bora Bora, Tahiiti and Papeete islands are some of the better known poster boys of the French Polynesia but don’t stop there! There are 120 scattered islands around the region with pristine white beaches.