The island of Madagascar sits in the Indian Ocean on the southeast coast of Africa. It can be generalised as having two main seasons; a warm and wet season and a cooler dry season, but different parts of the country seem to have their own climates. Where east coast is home to the countries rainforests an has no real dry season, the south west is the country's driest area could almost be classed as desert as very little rain falls. The Malagasy people's heritage is not just from Africa but also Arabia and Indonesia, which is filtered through in to the many different religions, customs and the language across the country.
The island is haven for nature lovers; around 90% of all plant and animal life in Madagascar is endemic, meaning you won't find it anywhere else in the world. Unfortunately Madagascar isn't without problems though. It ranks within the top 10 poorest countries in the world and much of its landscape is dramatically changing because of human activity. Deforestation is happening at an alarming rate. Many of the species living here are so adapted to their unique environments that they simply cannot survive anywhere else and are critically endangered.
Tourism in Madagascar, or more specifically ecotourism is growing. People travel from all across the world to explore the great biodiversity that it has to offer and to see these enchanting and endangered species before they are gone for good. Although Madagascar's national parks are owned by the government, every group that enters is required to have a local guide, many communities are also learning that there is money to be made in the local community by protecting their forests and wildlife and creating their own local private reserves.