The seed is waiting in the earth,
For the rain to come and give it birth,
That’s all it really needs to set it free.
About 300 miles across the Mozambique Channel from continental Africa lies the island of Madagascar. A place most of us know only from a DreamWorks film. Yet Madagascar is a very special place. Having slowly slipped away from the continent of Africa over 65 million years ago, Madagascar’s plants and animals evolved quite differently than their continental cousins. In fact half of the birds, and pretty much all of its reptiles, amphibians and of course lemurs, can be found nowhere else on the planet. It’s no surprise that Madagascar has been on the radar of expedition paddlers for many years.