Today we had the pleasure of arriving in Madagascar, and our first day of exploration offered a diverse array of experiences. Some of our fellow explorers chose to venture to the Antsokay Arboretum where they were treated to the sight of magnificent baobabs and the unique octopus tree, Didierea, all while enjoying a delightful musical performance.

Meanwhile, others opted for a visit to the Reniala Reserve, a sanctuary for the captivating spiny forest ecosystem. Here, amidst the vibrant local fauna and flora, we had the chance to visit the heartwarming Village des Tortues, a haven for tortoises, including the endangered radiated species.

After immersing ourselves in the beauty of endemic plants, playful lemurs, enchanting chameleons, and other fascinating creatures, we returned to National Geographic Explorer just in time for a relaxing cocktail hour. Truly, it was a day filled with unforgettable encounters and enriching experiences.