35 Reasons to Visit Madagascar

Madagascar, a huge island nation off the southeast coast of Africa, is home to thousands of animal species – like lemurs – found nowhere else, plus rainforests, beaches and reefs. Here are 35 reasons to visit Madagascar.

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    The Wildlife

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    Madagascar’s fauna is exploding with indigenous wildlife. The absence of monkeys has created a niche for lemurs – all 103 species of them!. The island is the only place in the world where these fun loving creatures can be found.

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    Ranomafana National Park

    Ranomafana National Park is located in the southeastern part of Madagascar in Haute Matsiatra and Vatovavy-Fitovinany.

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    The reforestation

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    Over 90% of the islands unique forests have been lost to the traditional agricultural practice of slash and burn. There are now an abundance of organisations working with local people, and large areas of now uninhabited land, to try and educate alternative practices and reforest large areas. -

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    Isalo National Park

    The park is known for its wide variety of terrain, including sandstone formations, deep canyons, palm-lined oases, and grassland.

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    Meet a fossa and a giant jumping rat

    The fossa is the largest of the islands carnivores and is neither cat nor dog. The giant jumping rat is the size of a large rabbit and retreats like a Jumping Jack!

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    Amber Mountain National Park

    Amber Mountain National Park is a National Park in the Diana Region of northern Madagascar. The park is known for its water falls and crater lakes and is located 1000 km north of the capital, Antananarivo.

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    Explore a pirates’ graveyard

    On the island of Ile Sainte Marie is the world’s only pirates’ graveyar

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    Ankarafantsika National Park

    Ankarafantsika National Park is a national park in the Boeny Region of Madagascar. The closest city is Majunga 115 km north of the park. Ankarafantsika is mostly tropical in climate type.

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    The food

    It’s delicious and nutritious. The fruit is fresh and if you are adverse to the meat products from factory farming, eat at ease knowing that the meat you eat was likely happily grazing in a rice paddy a day before.

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    Marojejy National Park

    Marojejy National Park is a national park in the Sava Region of northeastern Madagascar. It covers 55,500 ha and is centered on the Marojejy Massif, a mountain chain that rises to an elevation of 2,132 m.

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    Adventure Getaway

    The Island offers all adventure enthusiasts an opportunity to take part in in activities like surfing, diving, snorkelling, kite surfing, fishing, bird-watching, yachting, kayaking and even seasonal whale watching.

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    Zahamena National Park

    It covers an area of 423 square kilometres out of a total protected area of 643 square kilometres.

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    The Flora

    Madagascar is home to about 15,000 species of plants. Over 80% of them are endemic to the island. That is, we do not find these species anywhere else in the world. The southern spiny forests are home to countless trees and shrubs of the family Didiereaceae.

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    Rova of Antananarivo

    The Rova of Antananarivo /ˈruːvə/ is a royal palace complex in Madagascar that served as the home of the sovereigns of the Kingdom of Imerina in the 17th and 18th centuries, as well as of the rulers of the Kingdom of Madagascar in the 19th century.

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    The spectacular geography

    Jungles, arid savannas, deserts zones, xeric shrub lands, peaks, cliffs and plateaus, swamps and lagoons – Madagascar is home to all kinds of the most picturesque landscapes that can be found on earth.

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    The Transport

    By sea or water, Madagascar provides some entertaining transport options.

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    Andohahela National Park

    Andohahela National Park, in southeast Madagascar, is remarkable for the extremes of habitats that are represented within it. The park covers 760 square kilometers of the Anosy mountain range, the southernmost spur of the Malagasy Highlands.

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    The Coast

    Miles and miles of stunning coastline wrap around the island. Species of palm trees line the waters, with traditional wood carved canoes either hiding between the shaded trees, or are seen trawling the crystal waters by fisherman.

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    Nosy Mangabe

    Source: tripadvisor.com

    Nosy Mangabe is a small island reserve located in Antongil Bay about 2 km offshore from the town of Maroantsetra in eastern Madagascar. 520ha in size, it is accessible by small boat and is part of the larger Masoala National Park complex.

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    Cultural Experience

    A visit to Madagascar will leave tourists with a mixture of awe and wonder upon spending time with the Malagasy people. This Island has a unique and rich cultural heritage, with fascinating and unusual tribes.

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    Ring-tailed Lemur

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    Great Value for Money

    Source: planetolog.ru

    There are a range of tour options depending on the clients’ budget. Features may differ between tours, but the quality of service remains the same.

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    Accessibility

    Madagascar is served by nine airlines including national carrier Air Madagascar. No american company is present for now so that the north american travelers should make a stopover in Europe or Africa.

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    The humongous baobab trees

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    Malagasy time

    The whole island runs on “Malagasy time” which basically means no one is in a hurry. Eventually. It’s a nice way to learn to de-stress, relax, and enjoy the ride.

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    The rainforests are so ridiculously unique

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    The Red tsingy of Antsiranana

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    The Hira Gasy troupe in Antananarivo

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    Sand dune in the desert of southern Madagascar

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    Learn about fady

    Fady (pronounced fuddy) is the nucleus of local law and, whilst it varies from region to region and home to home, it basically commands the Malagasy to love, honour and respect their fellow people and the environment which gives them life.

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    Swim with turtles

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    Travel on Viko Viko – the little train like no other

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    Nosy Iranja island

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    Antananarivo

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    Cape Sainte Marie

    Source: afroplaces.org

    Cape Sainte Marie is a town and the southernmost point of Madagascar in the Androy region. It is also the location of the Cap Saint Marie Special Reserve, a nature reserve which occupies most of the cape and was created in 1962

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