Avenue of the Baobabs
One of the most popular tourist destinations in Madagascar, the Avenue of Baobabs is a stunning series of towering baobab trees lining a 260 metre stretch of dirt road between Morondava and Belon’I Tsiribihina in the west of the country. An endangered species, baobabs are often referred to as ‘upside down trees’ because of the sparse root-like branches found at the top. They can live to be as old as 800 years, reach heights of over 30 metres and have trunks as wide as 11 metres. The avenue is at its most impressive at sunrise and sunset when the trunks change colour and the shadows stand out. Visitors who come to see the Baobabs usually include an adventure to the spectacular Kirindy Forest Reserve and the otherworldly Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park.