Madagascar – exotic island rich with culture

Madagascar is an island located south from the mainland. Near the Madagascar are more famous and more visit island especially for the luxury travel . His neighbors Mauritius , Maldives, Seychelles maybe are more famous but Madagascar offer some amazing experience. Island is rich with rare animals and amazing rare plants and trees. All this offer a great opportunity to enjoy both on hiking and also on some of the lovely beaches.

Admire majestic architecture at the Queen’s Palace

The rova (palace) surveys the capital city from its highest point, recently partly rebuilt following a terrible fire in 1995. The original wooden palace was built by Frenchman Jean Laborde in 1839 – its exterior was later clad in stone by Scottish missionary, James Cameron. Take a tour of the compound to learn about Madagascar’s dramatic royal history.

Call in at Andasibe-Mantadia National Park

Close to the capital, this is Madagascar’s most accessible rainforest reserve, and also one of the most rewarding. Frogs, reptiles and birds abound, but top of the bill is the indri, the largest of all living lemurs. These creatures sing a haunting song (reminiscent of whale song), which carries for miles across the forest.

Cameras at the ready for Baobab Alley

This natural avenue of imposing Grandidier’s baobabs is one of Madagascar’s must-see sights. Located some 45 minutes from Morondava, on the dusty track to Kirindy Reserve, Baobab Alley is best visited around sunrise or sunset because the softer lighting brings out the red tones of the tree trunks and makes for a splendid photo opportunity.

Capture the craftsmanship of Antsirabe

See the wonderful arts and crafts in Antsirabe: taking a pousse-pousse tour of artisanal workshops is the thing to do in this bustling highland town. Marvel at the skill of local craftsmen creating toys from recycled tin cans, wooden sculptures, zebu-horn jewellery, polished gems and minerals, embroidered tablecloths, silk scarves, raffia handicrafts and more.

Enjoy a tea break at the Sahambavy Estate

For almost half a century, this estate has been producing green tea (and black tea since 2004). The 335ha (828-acre) plantation yields more than 550 tonnes of tea every year, most of which is destined for Kenya. Guided factory tours take around one hour and end with a tasting.

Explore the afterlife at Ambalavao

Dabble in the macabre at Ambalavao (the so-called “home of the departed”) where the revered bones of exhumed ancestors lie. The spectacular crags of Ambondrome and Ifandana were the site of a mass suicide in 1811, though the region is also known for its Ataimoro paper and silk weaving today.

Explore the otherworldly Spiny Forest

Unique to Madagascar, the dry and inhospitable spiny forest of the far south is a most curious and startling ecosystem. All of its botanical wonders are perfectly adapted to this tough environment, often preserving precious water in their swollen succulent forms protected by vicious prickles. The strange waving fingers of octopus trees add to the habitat’s otherworldly feel.

Explore the palaces of former capital, Ambohimanga

Perhaps the most sacred site in all Madagascar, Ambohimanga (Blue Hill) was the original capital when the great king Andrianampoinimerina began his reign in 1787. The compound is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and comprises more than a dozen impressive stone gates, the king’s house and various elegant royal summerhouses.

Find out about flora at Arboretum d’Antsokay

Near to Tuléar, this botanical garden showcases some 900 plant species endemic to Madagascar’s arid south. You’ll learn about the plants and how they are used in construction, food and medicine. Birders will also find this place rewarding and there are some bungalows for those wishing to linger.

Ride the breaks at Libanona Beach

Grab your surfboard and hit the waves that break on offshore coral reefs to experience the island’s little-known surf thrills. The surf at Libanona Beach in Fort Dauphin is suitable for beginners. Other top riding spots include Lavanono and Anakao, while the far northeast of Madagascar is the place for kitesurfing.

Seek out spectacular sea life, Mitsio Archipelago

The Mitsio islands have fantastic beaches, glorious turquoise waters, and some truly world-class dive sites. Revel in the deep-water discovery of boxfish, barracuda, rays, sea urchins, starfish, eels, and a thousand other creatures of the reef. The area is best explored by chartering a catamaran from Nosy Be.

Swim in seclusion at Anakao

Relax on the idyllic beaches in this isolated southwestern Vezo fishing village. On offer are pirogue (dugout canoe) trips to nearby mangroves and islands, including one that’s home to the world’s southernmost breeding colony of red-tailed tropicbirds. A day trip to the salt lake at Tsimanampetsotsa National Park is a must.

Walk the history-rich hills of Antananarivo

Revel in the distinctively French flavour and ambience of Madagascar’s history-rich capital. The quaint winding streets and vast markets are best explored on foot, but you can’t go far without a steep climb – this city is built on seven hills. For the best views across all of Antananarivo, head to the area around the Queen’s Palace.

Wander the rugged beauty of Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park

Delve into one of the most striking national parks on the planet. At Tsingy de Bemaraha, there are undisturbed forests, lakes and canyons – but top of the bill is the incredible limestone karst known as tsingy. These vast forests of limestone pinnacles make for a landscape unlike any other

In Madagascar you can choose from many accommodations and of course price is depend from the location of the hotel or hostel . But all of them are great and very friendly stuff that work there and owners in most cases are great.

There’s plenty of choice when it comes to Madagascar’s hotel options, particularly in the capital Antananarivo and towns of Nossi Bé, Toamasina, Majunga, Ifaty and Tamatave. Ongoing tourism initiatives are continuing to add an increasing number of international-standard at moderate prices in major centres. However, it’s certainly possible to stay in budget hotels (around $10 a night) in the cities. Outside the larger towns, the hotels are much more basic with rustic, shoestring accommodation the norm. Lodging for groups and young people is also available.

Grading: Hotels are classified from 1 to 5 stars (5-star being equivalent to an international standard of about 3 stars); a secondary system of ravinala (travellers’ palms) is used for simple, budget accommodation.

Bed and breakfast:

Those on smaller budgets might want to consider staying in a guesthouse or B&B. Again, the majority will be found in Antananarivo and other larger towns.

Camping

Many tour operators offer trips to Madagascar which include an element of outdoor camping as part of the package. If you wish to camp independently, all of the national parks have campsites where you can pitch a tent and some also have dormitories and bungalows outside, but nearby the park’s location. Most have shared bathroom and toilet facilities. It may be hard to get hold of any sophisticated equipment however, so come fully prepared.

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