Exploring Madagascar…

Katerina'sGift

Exploring Madagascar, with its rainforests, gem-blue clear seas and chalk-white beaches, I start to understand why David Attenborough referred to it as ‘an evolutionary cauldron, producing increasingly extreme forms of life’. Being here is a bit like being transported to Jurassic Park – with aliens. Look up a tree and you might see a lime-green-and-pink-splodged chameleon, catching flies with a red tongue as long as your forearm, or a praying mantis disguised as a dead brown leaf, or a lurid orange millipede with golden legs that ripple in a wave. And, of course, you might see a walking fish.

Of all the unique and beautiful creatures on Madagascar, perhaps its people are the most fascinating. Descendants of Indonesian sailors and adventurers and the Banta people of Africa, as well as immigrants from China, India and the Middle East, their facial features vary as widely as their languages (of which 18…

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