The Avenue of the Baobabs, a walk among giants

Even if you have never seen a baobab live, when you hear its name, most people will know how to place it: in Africa. Correct answer. Then the image of a huge, giant tree will come to mind, and to be more specific we will place it in Madagascar, a magical island dropped between two distant worlds, the African and the Eastern one.

The Avenue of the Baobabs

If you are on that island or planning a visit, remember to list the Avenue of the Baobabs, a part of the road that links the towns of Morondava and Belo-sur-Tsiribihina. The largest concentration of the world’s largest Baobab species is found there: the Adansonia grandidieri. This Baobab species is endemic to Madagascar, which means that we will not find it anywhere else in the world.

¡Mirad qué tronco!Look at that log!¡Fíjate en el tamaño!Look at the size of it!

Legend has it…

African culture and identity is partly the result of their stories, and one of them tells us the story of the baobabs, whom the locals also call Renala, “mother of the forest”. They are majestic and beautiful trees and, according to legend, they were the most conceited in the forest. So that they would not cease to admire them, they kept growing and growing, standing out from the rest of the trees. The gods (or the devil?), as a priest of humility, decided to turn them around leaving their roots in the air.

Raíces al aireRoots in the air¡Qué grandes son los baobabs!How big the baobabs are!

Curious and magical explanation of why that strange shape they have especially during the time when baobabs lose their leaves.

Todos ¿boca abajo?Everybody, face down?

How to get to the Avenue of the Baobabs?

We already commented in our travel guide that it is possible to travel to Madagascar on your own as we did. If you are already in the area and decide to leave from Morondava, you can get there by bike or taxi-brousse in the direction of Belo-sur-Tsiribihina. He reckons it’s less than 20 kilometres so by car it’s about half an hour.

But if you ride a bike, remember that it is a red dirt road, you may end up very camouflaged with the environment…

If you come in the opposite direction, from Tsiribihina, which is how we arrived, the adventure includes crossing the Mania River by ferry.

¿Cómo llegar a la avenida de los baobabs?How to get to the Avenue of the Baobabs?

After the trip you will arrive at the so photographed and popular avenue of the baobabs, about 260 meters through which you will be constantly watched by about twenty-five baobabs of about thirty meters high.

Gente localLocal peopleLa avenida de los baobabsThe Avenue of the Baobabs

Where once there was a lush forest in which these trees were born more than 800 years ago, today they resist and a few baobabs make their way across the plain, between rice fields and meadows.

También podrás ver baobabs You’ll also see baobabs “in love”

Visit them if you can at sunrise or sunset, the colours and backlighting are simply spectacular…

La avenida de los baobabs al atardecerThe Avenue of the Baobabs at sunsetSe hace de nocheIt’s getting darkSombras de la puesta del solShadows of the sunsetY coloresAnd colors

And by taking a walk you will end up stumbling on a small lake that will allow you to play with the reflections in your photos.

Explora toda la zonaExplore the whole areaLos baobabs reflejados en el lagoThe baobabs reflected in the lakeUnos niños jugandoSome children playingY una guiri paseandoAnd a walking guiri

We hope that with all these images that we have been showing you, you will be eager to go and see the avenue.

Atravesando el paseo de los baobabsCrossing the baobab walk

And remember that, although it was the tree hated by the Little Prince because it endangered his asteroid, baobabs are very special trees from which oil and fruit are extracted, whose properties make them today in that exclusive list of superfoods.

Los alrededores de la avenida y gente local trabajandoThe surroundings of the avenue and local people working¡Adiós!Goodbye!