Avenue of the Baobabs
Travel to Avenue of the Baobabs – Spectacular Trees & Landscape
These spectacular baobabs are some of the largest and most distinctive trees in the world, with a potent spiritual significance. The avenue’s striking landscape draws travellers from around the world, making it one of the most visited locations in the region.
The Avenue of the Baobabs is a prominent group of baobab trees lining the road between Morondava and Belon’i Tsiribihina in the Menabe region in western Madagascar. Known locally as renala, which means “mother of the forest” in Malagasy, these trees belong to the tallest baobab species in the world, respectively Adansonia grandidieri, named after two great 19th century French botanists Michel Adanson and Alfred Grandidier.
Baobabs have a spiritual significance for many Malagasy tribes and religions. Ancestral spirits are believed to live in particular, revered trees, and offerings of honey and rum are left near those trees in the shells of giant land snails, asking the sacred baobabs to aid in the recovery of a sick relative or the speedy return of rains.