The name of the country alone alludes the exotic, the magical. From space, the world’s fourth largest island is streaked red, bleeding, eroding. On the ground, this magical place, nicknamed "the Eighth Continent," has afforded a process of speciation so unique that virtually 70% of the flora and fauna is endemic to the island. There are so many things to do in Madagascar; here are a few of my favorites.
African safari. It's the dream we've all dreamed of. Or...maybe not, if we've heard and believed the rumors and myths that swirl around this literally awesome destination. We'd like to set the record straight on these myths, so that if Africa ISN'T already on your 'must visit' destination list now, it will be soon.
But before we start...there's one myth that is so egregious, it doesn't even get to be on the official list. So, it gets number zero...
0. Africa is a country
Nope. False. Africa is a continent, like Europe, containing 55 separate countries and a myriad more cultures. For some reason we Americans tend to cognitively conflate the countries of this continent more often than those of any other region, but understanding their fantastic diversity and individual uniqueness is crucial, especially when you're trying to find the truth behind the myths and plan the right safari for you.
OK, and with that out of the way, here are the six myths (and realities) about African safaris: