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Madagascar

Forget the cut-throat rush of time when you step into the world of ecological diversity and natural beauty at Madagascar, one of the most heavenly countries of Africa. Home to thousands of rare animals and plants, the extraordinary natural diversity of Madagascar has earned the nickname "the eighth continent" for the country. Profound deference for tradition and ancestry pervades the Madagascar culture and reflects the country's art, architecture, and social manners.

Must Do Adventure

  • Travelling composes wildlife culture as well as experiencing the epic landscapes, and if you are the backpacker for the latter one, Isalo National Park in the lhorombe region is probably the best option to consider in Madagascar Tour. The nature of the park seems like the American desert, but with the sweeping oasis, canyons and surrounding palm trees make the region wet and tropical periodically. Though people don’t consider the park as a large bucket for flora and fauna, the Grey-headed lovebirds and Ring-tailed lemurs are there to welcome you in the sun-soaked morning.

    Have a handshake with lemurs in Isalo National Park
  • While the Ranomafana National Park stretches 415 KMs of multiple ridges and valleys, the altitude ranges up to 1200 meters. The most favorable time to visit the park is the dry season, i.e., December. The mesmerizing contrast in temperature and scenic beauty of the wet rainforests of Ranomafana is the best part of the park. Though at first take it seems to be a dry landscape, there is not a single day that doesn’t witness rain. Isalo might not offer thrills of spotting wildlife, but Ranomafana boasts a tremendous collection of lemurs and mongooses. While heights of the hills are the best place to taste the exclusive breath of beauty, missing the golden Lemurs can be a bitter disappointment in Madagascar, and this park is the place that can offer you all.

    The breath-taking rainforests of Ranomafana National Park
  • Ile Santa Marie is probably the unrecognized paradise that people will never want to leave even they go out of resources. One of the main perspectives of the travelers in Madagascar is to enjoy whale-watching, and the islands here are the best place to have the flavor. Make sure to book a whale-tour with delegates affiliated to Cétamada. Fun is going to get to its Climax when you visit the island of Ile Aux Nates. Whether it is boat driving or kite surfing, Ile Santa Marie is the place to enjoy them all during the Madagascar Tour.

    Ile Santa Marie – the Cloud under the heaven

Bucket List Experience

Antananarivo

Most travelers see Antananarivo or Tana as just the entryway to the far-flung islands of Madagascar. Though Antananarivo is full of controversies and problems, the more you explore it, the more you enjoy the gastronomical aspects of the city. The Rova once was the historic parliament of the Malagasy emperors during French rulings. The steepest hills are located in the avenues of the ancient civilization here.

Avenue of the Baobabs

Avenue of the Baobabs, often called the Alley of the Baobabs, is one of the attractive places in western Madagascar. The area actually consists of numerous organized Baobab trees making the national highway N8. Though the road is not well-furnished, you can still feel the muddy scent when it rains here.

Tsingy of Bemaraha

Located in the district of Antsalova, the Tsingy of Bemaraha is considered as an integral natural reserve. It can be regarded as a part of the Melaky region. It contains the spectacular national park where you can feel the real taste of slogging over the savannas. The karstic plateaus known as the Great Tsingy and Little Stingy dominate over the land of the park. Arguably this place asks to be a UNESCO affiliated World Heritage Site.

Ifaty and Tulear

Tulear (Toliara), being the principal asset of the Southern part of Madagascar, makes a great layover before you explore the southwest coast and villages such as Anakao, where fishing is the central culture. The resort of Ifaty is at the heart of the country’s most precious ornament – the splendid coral reef. Ifaty is about 22 KMs distant from Toilara. Explore the most extensive region of spiny forest in the Arboretum d’Antsokay before you opt to enjoy the flavor of diving at the pools of the reef.

Nosy Be

Nosy Be is sometimes called with love as ‘The Perfumed Island’ because of its ylang-ylang nurseries. If you crave sea beaches, Nosy Be is the number one choice during Madagascar Tour. Whether you like diving or whale-tour, this is an ideal place for sure. Arguably, Nosy Be boasts numerous festivals over a year. Though it is a little island, festivals make it large throughout the years.

Lemur Island

Lemur Island is a tiny reserve that protects a number of habituated lemurs. There are four species to see, the bamboo lemur, the black & white ruffed lemur, brown lemur and one diademed sifaka. It is located close to Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, a protected rainforest area in eastern Madagascar. The park’s rich biodiversity includes native species like the big Parson’s chameleon, plus rare orchids and ferns. Trail circuits weave through dense forest, past lakes and the Sacred Waterfall.

When to Visit

Peak Season

April through to December is the best time to plan Madagascar Tour. As it is a dry place, the tropical season, therefore, is the best period to enjoy the best of the sites.

Travel Guide

Location

Madagascar, authoritatively the Republic of Madagascar, is the world’s 2nd largest island country situated in the Indian Ocean, roughly 400 KMs from the coast of East Africa.

Capital City

The functional Capital of Madagascar is Antananarivo.

Main Airport

Ivato International Airport is the main airport in Madagascar.

Primary Language

The most conversational language of Madagascar is Malagasy. French is regarded as the secondary language here.

Currency

The currency recognized in Madagascar is the Malagasy Ariary. 1 US Dollar is equivalent to 3812.70 AR.

Visas

Every visitor must obtain Visa for at least six months to enter Madagascar and moreover to exchange currency.

Electricity

Madagascar operates in supply voltage of 220V.

Vaccinations

The WHO and CDC recommend vaccinations for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, polio, typhoid, rabies, meningitis, MMR, Tdap, chickenpox, pneumonia, shingles, and influenza.

Emergency Calls

Dial 117 for any emergency.

FAQs about Madagascar

What is internet access like in Madagascar?

Almost 99% of the areas are under wireless broadband coverage.

Can I use my mobile while in Madagascar?

Use Verizon and AT&T during the Madagascar tour.

How are the toilets like in Madagascar?

Getting a proper hygienic toilet in Madagascar can be a challenge. But most of the standard hotel has upgraded their toilet facilities.

Can I drink the water in Madagascar?

The small shops keep bottled mineral water, and the hotel also provides safe drinkable waters. 

Are credit cards accepted widely in Madagascar?

Visa and MasterCard are acceptable in Madagascar.

What is the convenience of ATM access in Madagascar?

There are several towns in Madagascar where ATMs can be found. Other rural areas do not have them. ATMs are available in Antananarivo and other major cities (the exception is Bekopaka at Tsingy of Bemaraha), They accept Visa, MasterCard, Cirrus and Maestro cards.

What to wear in Madagascar?

Madagascar is a tropical area, so you need light wear dresses. The land is full of natural and marine activity, so carry suitable shoes and swimwear as well. Do not forget the sunglass, hat, and sunscreen as these are required most when you enjoy the sun-soaked beaches.

Is Madagascar safe for women to travel solo?

Yes, Madagascar is safe for women travelers, even if they are traveling solo.

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