Madagascar Tourism
Called the Eighth Continent


Welcome to Madagascar Tourism, a huge island off the eastern coast of Africa. Madagascar is home to thousands of plant and animal species found nowhere else in the world. It’s extraordinary natural diversity has earned the country the nickname “the eighth continent”.




Ile Sainte Marie Madagascar

Ile Sainte Marie Madagascar


This is the #1 of tourist attraction In Madagascar. It lies of the east coast of the big island in the Indian Ocean that has many protected bays, home to pirates drawn to it on the 17th and 18th centuries.

Several wrecks of pirate ships can be seen from shallow waters and are a delight for snorkelers and scuba divers from all over the world. Migrating humpback whales visit the island waters during summer and early fall.





Avenue of the Baobabs

Avenue of the Baobabs


This can be seen only in Madagascar, this is a group of trees lining the dirt road between Morondava and Belon’i Tsiribihina in western Madagascar. It is one of the most visited sights on the island drawing visitors all year round.

The Baobab trees, up to 800 years old, did not originally tower in isolation over the landscape but stood in a dense tropical forest. Over the years, the forests were cleared for agriculture, leaving only the famous baobab trees.



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Nosy Be offshore Madagascar

Nosy Be offshore Madagascar


This is a small island offshore of the main one that has become a premier spot for Madagascar Tourism, geared to beach vacations.

Its beaches attract people from the nearby African continent and the rest of the world, for their crystal clear tranquil waters.

Don’t miss the seafood restaurants serving the best of the best.



Satellite view of Madagascar

Satellite view of Madagascar


Facts about Madagascar

  • Official name - Republic of Madagascar
  • Population – 25 million
  • Area – 587,041 sq km
  • Capital City – Antananarivo
  • Language – Malagasy and French
  • Currency – Malagasy Ariari



Isalo National Park

Isalo National Park


Located in the central southern region of Madagascar, this park includes steep canyons, sandstone formations and pools line with palm trees. Tours can be arranged to last as short as several hours or as long as several days.

Masoala National Park

Located on the northeast region of Madagascar, the Masoala National Park features rainforest and includes three marine parks as well.

Here you’ll find ten species of lemur, including the Aye-aye, the world’s largest nocturnal primate. The park is also home to a diverse array of birds and reptiles, including the Tomato Frog, named for its bright red color. The Tampolo, Ambodilaitry and Ifaho marine parks are ideal for snorkeling and kayaking adventures.



Ranomafana National Park

Ranomafana National Park


Located in the southeastern region of Madagascar near the village of Ranomafana, this National Park is one of the nation’s most popular ones. The eastern section of the park is the most scenic, with numerous streams splashing through densely forested hills. The park is home to the endangered golden bamboo lemur, an animal whose diet includes bamboo shoots that contain doses of cyanide that would be lethal to other animals, yet the charming golden lemur feeds on the bamboo with no ill effects.

Andasibe-Mantadia

Located in eastern Madagascar, this National Park is home to eleven lemur species, including the country’s largest lemur, the Indri. Located near Madagascar’s capital city of Antananarivo, it is one of the easiest parks to visit. The park is split into two areas, the Mantadia National Park and the Analamazoatra Reserve.



Royal Hill of Ambohimanga

Royal Hill of Ambohimanga


Considered one of the country’s most sacred spots by the Malagasy people for 500 years, this is a historical village that was once home to Madagascar royalty. The wall that surrounds the village was made in 1847 and was constructed with a mortar made of lime and egg whites. It includes the former home of King Andrianampoinimerina, with walls made of solid rosewood, and artifacts of the island’s great king, including drums, weapons and talismans.

Ifaty

This is the name given to two dusty fishing villages on the coast of southwest Madagascar. Offshore, a 100 km long coral reef is a natural barrier to rough sea waves, creating coastal waters that are ideal for diving, snorkeling and fishing. The desert inland area is known for its spiny forest, where the strange-shaped baobab trees have thrived for centuries.

 


Flag of Madagascar

Flag of Madagascar Description


The colors of the flag represent Madagascar's history, yearning for independence, and traditional classes. Red and white were the colors of the Merina kingdom, which succumbed to France in 1896.





For more information visit Madagascar Tourism Official Website



images for madagascar tourism

baobabs by gavine vans
isalo by bernard gagnon
royal hill by jose antonio

all courtesy of wikimedia commons



Map of Madagascar Tourism

Map of Madagascar Tourism



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