WHY VISIT MADAGASCAR
With its diversity of landscapes and cultures, Madagascar will not fail to charm and surprise you throughout your visit.
The capital, Antananarivo, is composed of twelve hills. You can visit the Andravoahangy market and watch the craftsmen at work, take a relaxing walk in the Botanical and Zoological Park or go to the lively ‘Ville-Haute.
The Tsingy de Bemahara Reserve is an immense protected site with rock formations in the form of needles and stunning landscapes, it is definitely worth a visit.
Santa Maria Island offers a peaceful haven with its coconut palms and white sand, warm waters where you can enjoy diving, and maybe see some humpback whales who often visit the island in the summer.
Ranomafana National Park boasts a great number of species of animals and plants including lemurs, birds, and chameleons, and makes surrounded by orchids and giant bamboo so creating a truly tropical paradise.
Fort Dauphin, in the extreme south-east, will give you the sensation of standing at the end of the world with its columned houses and varied landscapes where rich vegetation can be found next to desert-like countryside.
Hiking enthusiasts will enjoy exploring Isalo National Park and exploring its relief with its strange shapes and the canyons, crystal clear torrents of water, and wildlife such as crocodiles and giant bats amongst others.
WHAT TO SEE IN MADAGASCAR
WHEN TO GO TO MADAGASCAR
The best period to visit Madagascar is from xxx to xxxx.
The Malagasy climate is characterized by a dry season from April to October and a wet season from November to March. However, there are notable variations according to the different areas. There is more humidity in the East which experiences a shorter dry season and, on the contrary, a hotter and longer dry season characterizes the South.
Cyclones can occur between November and March. The best time to visit Madagascar is therefore during the dry season, but avoiding the east during the months between June and September when it often experiences heavy rainfall.
Following is a list of typical festivals and celebrations of Madagascar.
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HOW TO REACH AND TRAVEL THROUGH MADAGASCAR
The collective taxi is the only readily available means of getting around the country apart from renting a car which can be quite expensive.
by plane, the main airports are:
GENERAL INFORMATION ON MADAGASCAR
health tips & vaccination: it is recommended that you take a basic first aid kit. Wash your hands thoroughly before handling food and peel fruit and vegetables. Follow an anti-malaria course of treatment and protect yourself against mosquitoes. Do not drink tap water. Finally, make sure your diphtheria, tetanus and polio vaccinations are up to date and those for typhoid and hepatitis A and B are recommended.
local currency: Malagasy Ariary
local time zone: GMT+3
electricity: type C, type D, type E, type J and type K (127 V, 220 V – 50 Hz)
WHAT TO DO IN MADAGASCAR
typical food in Madagascar
souvenirs from Madagascar
- inlaid work, silver bracelets, lace, spices, cotton items and the various raffia objects.
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