Two ring-tailed lemurs

 

The first thing in mind when we are talking about Madagascar is the beautiful and unique lemurs it has. Coming at the Island without seeing these atypical monkeys is not like visiting Madagascar. National Parks, natural reserves and the rainforest are the places where you can find them. These fascinating animals are precisely prosimian primates: they aren’t definitely monkeys nor apes like chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans.

Madagascar is the only place in the world where you can see the lemur’s wildlife. There are more than 100 species of lemurs in this country. Some of them are nocturnal, some are diurnal. Lemur sizes vary between Hairy-eared dwarf lemur about 13 centimeter and the Diademed Sifaka about 1 meter. There are three amazing facts you should know about lemurs. The first is about Indri Indri which is also called Babakoto in Malagasy. One of the largest and the most remarkable singer in the animal world. They can hear each over at a distance of 4km. One of these specificities is also their monogamous side.

Indri Indri

 

The second fact is about the smelling message of Maki Catta. This kind of lemur use odoriferous marks in order to delimitate territory. They are often famous for their meditation posture: arms apart, the lemur warms its odorant glands and stimulates them to better be able to deposit its odors after. The third fact relates to the hypertrophied finger of Aye-Aye. They are the weirdest of all lemurs. They only move at night in the great Malagasy forest. As it has developed specialized incisors, it shreds easily the upper layers of trunks to capture insect and take fruits. Thanks to its hypertrophied third finger, it can access hidden foods like xylophagous larvae in the wood.

             Aye- Aye                                                                      Minnie mouse lemur

 

Here are three best places to spot lemurs in Madagascar. The Ranomafana National Park which offers one of the best opportunities to see the rare golden bamboo lemurs. The rainforest of Ranomafana homes another 11 species of lemur including the Red-bellied lemur and the Greater dwarf lemur. A number of these primate are also found at the National Parc of Isalo. Here, we are talking about the ring-tailed lemur which is the pin-up for lemurs across the world. This specie is incredibly sociable and highly adaptable to a vast array of the country’s habitats. You also discover there Verreaux’s sifaka and Red-fronted lemur. At the third place, the famous Indri is can be found at the Andasibe National Parc. You will be satisfied there if you want listen to the penetrating calls of Babakoto.

Once again, like these two last years, Madagascar is classified among the best destinations in the world.

In 2017, according to the New York times, our Island is included in the 52 countries which should absolutely be visited. In the same year, the popular magazine Vogue distinguished Madagascar among the Top 10 incomparable destinations. In 2018, its authenticity brings Grazia French magazine to categorize it as an unavoidable place which you shouldn’t miss for your travel.

And this year, the beautiful Island is still among the top 10 popular countries to visit in the economic magazine Forbes.

So for you, what are the reasons for these classifications?

As far as we concerned, these reasons will at least make you envy to travel here:

1 – The endemicity of fauna and flora:

More than 80% of plants and 90% of animal species doesn’t exist anywhere else.

With no doubt, nature lovers will be well served.

2 – Landscape diversity:

As the 4th largest island in the world, Madagascar has many kinds of authentic and dazzling landscapes depending on the sites you want to visit: jungles, arid savannas, deserts, shrublands, peaks, cliffs and plateaus, marshes and lagoons… It’s up to you.

3 – Conveyance

The adventurers will not be disappointed, they will have the opportunity to travel by   different means of transportation (By ship, plane, boat, car, train…), some of which will even be fun and unusual.

4 – The costal parts

The costal parts of Madagascar are mostly known for their paradisiac beaches: blue lagoons lined with white sand, unexplored coves, various species of trees: coconut and palm, and traditional wooden carved canoes on the most beautiful beaches.

Famous for its marine biodiversity, Madagascar has very diverse marine aquatic species, both fishes and corals. Snorkeling and scuba diving are the main splendid activities, especially at the island of Nosy be.

The list is endless, but we warmly invite you to discover things you’ll never except at the “the red island”.

iChtus Tour was born mainly from a desire to help humanitarian associations in Madagascar. In this context, you will participate in charity while discovering the beauty of Madagascar.

Island nation in the Indian Ocean, blessed by nature, tourist getaways prepared by experts of Ichtus Tour, you will be in contact with the endemic fauna and flora of Madagascar.

In the development of ecotourism in Madagascar, iChtus Tour has concocted a program to allow you to reconnect with nature, to see breathtaking landscapes, fauna and flora of Madagascar.

This trip will undoubtedly be useful for humanitarian associations and unforgettable for you, thanks to moments of experience in our beautiful island.