Speleology in Madagascar: adventure differently

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Discovering the subterranean universe of Madagascar

If some choose to discover the Malagasy nature by trekking or hiking, others will certainly want to try a new activity. To know new sensations and make original shots, nothing beats speleology. Although exploration of the Malagasy underground world is not yet a booming hobby, many guides will be happy to accompany you on this fabulous adventure. There is nothing to discover the most remote corners of the island, especially as the Malagasy basement remains a rather unknown region. From Cap d'Ambre to Onilahy Gorge, the western part of the island is particularly suitable for this activity. Innumerable almost unexplored cavities characterize the region. The peninsula of Antonibe contains many caves offering a fairly easy route and perfect for beginners. The landscapes are fascinating, especially since in some places the groundwater reflects the light of day. The resulting show is grandiose!

The famous sites for caving

If the reputation of Malagasy biodiversity has largely exceeded the borders of the island, we can say that its underground area is still pretty virgin. However, its exploration is no longer reserved for professional speleologists, since many excursions are accessible to athletes, even beginners. Mount Ibity, 25 km southwest of the city of Antsirabe, is one of the most famous sites for caving. Erosion has shaped an unusual world whose course is subject to breathtaking photographs. The adventure begins in the hollow of a passage of fallen blocks, overhung sharp blades. The chasms scattered in this underpass, especially those of Diplodocus, Poodle or Parrot, will not fail to amaze you. 90 km south of Diégo Suarez, the 11 caves Tsingy of Ankarana, some of which are sacred, are also to discover. In addition, the Andranoboka caves, north of Majunga, will especially attract the initiates. Large galleries crossed by a river await them there. Going up this stream, you will end up in a natural pool. What to refresh after an intense sporting moment.

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