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.
Tsiribihina River Region
This region, between Antsirabe and Morondava, is home to the beautiful Tsiribihina River and spectacular Parc National des Tsingy de Bemaraha, a Unesco World Heritage site. Tours of the park are often combined with float trips down the Tsiribihina River. Most tour companies are based in Antsirabe.
Réserve Forestière de Kirindy
The Réserve Forestière de Kirindy, 60km northeast of Morondava, covers about 12, 500 hectares and was established in the late 1970s as an experiment in sustainable logging and forest management. Today it’s still mostly visited by researchers, but travellers who spend a few days here could be rewarded with a glimpse of the fosa (Cryptoprocta felix).
Parc National des Tsingy de Bemaraha
Parc National des Tsingy de Bemaraha is a Unesco World Heritage site and, at 66, 630 hectares, is one of the largest and most spectacular protected areas in Madagascar. The highlight is the jagged, limestone pinnacles, known as tsingy. Formed over centuries by the movement of wind and water, and often towering several hundred metres into the air, they are quite a sight.