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.
Avenue of the Baobabs, Menabe, Madagascar. The dirt road between Morondava and Belon’i Tsiribihina is known for the group of these giant trees growing around this section. The road is one of the most popular and visited places in Madagascar.
The avenue is also the most accessible place to see the Baobab trees in Africa. The bumpy and curvy road demands an experienced driver though. In the future it is planned to develop ecotourism to preserve the area and these gorgeous Baobab trees.
Why to go there?
The avenue is considered to be one of the world’s most exciting roads.
When to go there?
During a dry season from May to October.
How to get there?
Travel there by plane or bus from Antananarivo.