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africa This photo: The affluent Sandton area in Johannesburg is home to The DaVinci Hotel. Right: Seidelberg Wine Estate in the Cape Wine Route. BECKY GOLDBERG Afloat on the Indian Ocean Avenue of the Baobabs in Madagascar. Why do most travelers head for Africa? To go on safari. What do many of them do after being on safari? Those in East and Southern Africa often head for the sea-the Indian Ocean to be precise. carla hunt They head to the sea for some R&R on picture-perfect beaches, fringed not only by white sands but reefs where divers come faceto-face with rays and a variety of sharks, and snorkelers get closeups of a rainbow of corals and graceful turtles. The Indian Ocean islands, which lie on the historic trade routes that link China and India to Africa, are also culturally fascinating, for successive waves of immigrants have created a melting pot of cultures. magical madagascar Located 250 miles off the southern coast of Africa, Madagascar is the dream-destination of nature-loving travelers, for this minicontinent of an island (like the Galapagos Islands) serves as a laboratory for evolution. Its most famous attraction is the island icon-the leaping lemurs, with 49 different species. These primates share the diverse corners of the country with a variety of neoncolored chameleons, carnivorous plants and 250 endemic bird species. Travelers come for guided trekking through rainforests and nature reserves; shopping in colorful local markets; meeting the gracious Malagasy people in their riverside villages and 56 april 2014 56-59 AF IslandEscapes.indd 56 settlements; and unwinding on beaches in the northwestern archipelago of Nosy Be. Here, outstanding nature reserves include the Berenty Reserve in the south (ring-tailed lemurs live here), the Perinet Reserve near Tana (short-horned chameleons and iridescent tree boas are at home here), the Montagne d'Ambre National Park (crater lakes, waterfalls and a wealth of wildlife can be found here), and the Ankarana Special Reserve (crowned, Sanford's brown, and northern sportive lemurs call this reserve home). Beyond the nature reserves, what are the top things to see and do in Madagascar? How lucky can a writer get than having a peripatetic friend, Rebecca Darin Goldberg, who just returned from spending a year on the fourth largest island in the world. GOLDBERG'S TOP THREE MUST-SEE EXPERIENCES ARE: ■ The lemur experience: Whether walking in the Andasibe National Forest or adventuring onto Lemur Island in the Perinet Reserve, hourly one hears the loud call of the indri. It's the largest of the lemurs and one that will pose for or jump right onto visitors. continued on page 58 3/25/14 8:45 AM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend April 2014

The Islands of Tahiti Travel Planner
Editor's Notes
Hotel Desk: Commune Hotels & Resorts
Tour Talk: Collette
What's New In Mexico
Fiji: Fantasy Islands
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
RCI’s Vision of the Seas
Florida Keys
Oahu, Aston-Style
3 Isles: The Azores, Canary Islands & Gotland, Sweden
Sun-Kissed Islands: Belize & Peru
Afloat on the Indian Ocean: Zanzibar & Madagascar

Recommend April 2014