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Introducing Morondava

Morondava is a laid-back seaside town with sandy streets and gently decaying clapboard houses. Many people come here just to see the magnificent Avenue du Baobab right outside town. The giant trees, some a thousand years old, stand regal guard in an almost straight line along a rich earthen path that’s a joy to walk down. Morondava is also a good place to organise a visit to Parc National des Tsingy de Bemaraha further north.

Tranquil mangrove swamps, which can be explored by pirogue, are found on Morondava’s southern edge. There is good birding in here, including opportunities to observe kingfishers, egrets and other birds. There are decent beaches to the south and north, although the city’s beachfront has been pretty much eroded away.

The area around Morondava was once the epicentre of the Sakalava kingdom, and home to burial grounds with erotically carved tombs for which the tribe is famous. Sadly, nearly all the sacred tombs have been destroyed. They were pillaged to the point of destruction decades ago.