Madagascar

Baobab, the sacred tree of Africa and Madagascar

Sudha Mahalingam Photographs by Sudha Mahalingam
    A section of the Avenue of Baobabs, or Baobab Alley, in Madagascar. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam
    Tourists come from far and wide to stroll down Baobab Alley and gape at these trees that look more like sculpture than like trees. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam
    All baobabs look like they have been turned upside down, with their roots reaching for the sky. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam
    The fruit develops when the baobab tree is bereft of leaves. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam
    At a village, a fenced compound hosting a sacred baobab. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam
    Lovers’ Baobab, some 3 km off the Kirindy-Morondava road. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam
    Inside the trunk of a baobab tree. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam
    A sifaka lemur. The exotic primate is endemic to Madagascar. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam
    Villages are often situated under massive baobabs. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam
    Baobab fruits in a market in the coastal city of Morandava. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam
    A roadside eatery. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam
    A Malagasy woman in her home in Bekopaka village. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam
    Water is scarce in many villages. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam
    Tamarind in a market in Morandava. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam
    It is exhilarating to watch the sun disappear on the horizon while a row of baobabs stand sentinel. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam
    The entrance to the Kirindy forest reserve, 50 km north of Morondava. The baobabs on the road to the reserve seem slender and relatively young but those inside the reserve were bigger and taller. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam
    Another view of Baobab Alley. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam
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