Sunset over the Avenue of the Baobabs

Sunset over the Avenue of the Baobabs

Sunsets in this part of the world are invariable spectacular – a liquid orange sun bellies out on the horizon, bathing everything for the briefest of moments in amber and gold. However, few spots can surpass Madagascar’s Avenue of the Baobabs for brilliant sundown splendour. Arrive amongst the giant trees in time for sunset and you’re in for a soul-lifting visual treat. Up to 800 years old, these endemic renala, Malagasy for ‘mother of the forest’, are the majestic legacy of a long defunct tropical jungle. Now, the fat-trunked, 30 metre trees reign in isolation, creating a surreal copse that, with the sun behind, bands the landscape with shadows and golden light. The Avenue of Baobabs is perhaps the most photographed place in the country.