Avenue of the Baobabs
Avenue of the Baobabs © Gavinevans
Legend has it that the Baobab tree was planted upside down, so its roots are on top and its branches underground. There is no better place to observe this unique phenomenon than at the Avenue of the Baobabs, located in the Menabe region of Madagascar, along the road between Morondava and Belon'i Tsiribihina. This distinctive cluster of around a dozen trees stands 100 feet (30 metres) high, and is roughly 800 years old. Despite the trees' popularity as a tourist attraction, there is no infrastructure in the area so it is best to bring your own water and snacks and whatever else you may need. Often there are local children and some adults begging or selling trinkets at the site and there is a simple picnic area and baobab 'farm' where you can see different kinds of baobab saplings. The best time to visit the baobabs to really experience the magic of the place, and to get the best photographs, is at either sunrise or sunset. Sunrise is better if you would prefer to avoid other people and experience the unique landscape in relative solitude, but sunset has the advantage of preceding darkness, allowing visitors to sit and watch as the sky darkens and the stars come out above the incredible trees.