Madagascar – officially the Republic of Madagascar, is the 47th largest country in the world and the fourth largest island in the world. This country includes the island of Madagascar and surrounded by many small islands.
Madagascar is called the 8th continent because of its extremely rich ecosystem. Scientists have found more than 85% of animals and plants in the world in this land. In addition, although it is in Africa, the distance from here to Africa is up to 400km, making this place named the 8th Continent. Traveling here, you are not only surprised by the ecosystem, but Also by the wildness of human life here.
Besides, Madagascar is one of the largest providers of vanilla, clove and royal orchid in the world, and is also very famous for coffee and shrimp.
With the success of the Madagascar animated series, the island nation of Madagascar is increasingly attracting the attention of tourists, curious as to whether this land is like in the movie. This place doesn’t have those funny cartoon characters, but there are many more special things.
Transportation in Madagascar:
In Madagascar there are many ways of transportation for you to choose such as: Self-drive car rental, taxi, bicycle…. If you take a taxi, remember to negotiate the price with the driver first, because the taxi here does not have a meter. According to the experience, if you go in a group and want to have a complete tour, we recommend renting a bicycle to explore Madagascar by yourself, that will be very interesting. Besides, cycling also saves you a lot of money for traveling. But remember to ask for directions carefully before going.
Some recommended seesights for you when coming to Madagascar:
1. Baobabs Avenue:
One of the most visited sites in the region, attracting tourists from all over the world. Baobabs Avenue is a dirt road between Morondava and Belon’i Tsiribihina in western Madagascar with rows of Baobab trees spreading along the two sides of the road. The Baobab trees growing here have a lifespan of up to 800 years. Although their numbers have decreased because they were previously cut for agriculture, there are still a very large number of Baobab trees. They still have a natural, bold and vibrant beauty. And it also becomes a symbol and pride of this country.
2. Tsingy de Bemaraha Biosphere Reserve:
This nature reserve was recognized as a World Heritage Site in 1990, located near the West Sea of Madagascar. Here, erosion has created unique “tsingy” karst fields interspersed with dry forests, lakes and mangroves, creating a vast accommodation for many species of birds and rare animals, including lemurs.
3. Nosy Be:
Located on the northwestern part of Madagascar, this is one of the most unspoiled beaches in the world. Nosy Be is Madagascar’s leading tourist destination. Every year, thousands of tourists come here to visit. It is not accidental that this island becomes so attractive to visitors, with clear blue water looking to the bottom, fresh seafood dishes in a peaceful space, and rich flora and fauna for visitors to discover,….
4. Andringitra Park:
If you are a nature lover, go to Andringitra park. This is also a famous tourist destination in Madagascar. Visitors coming here will explore the natural scenery of Madagascar along with many majestic mountains, deep valleys, unique architecture bridges … extremely interesting. In addition, if you are lucky, you can also participate in a lot of fun activities, entertainment and water sports. Guaranteed you will have a lot of fun and unforgettable experiences when you come here.
5. Royal Hill of Ambohimanga:
Located in the central highlands, playing a political and spiritual brain role for the people on the island from the 16th century. This is the residence of many kings, the venue for many sacred royal ceremonies. It is also a pilgrimage site till this day. The remaining relic is Mahandrihono – the royal palace of King Andrianampoinimerina. This place still preserves the solid rosewood wall and many artifacts such as weapons, drums, spells.
6. Andasibe – Mantadia:
This is one of the parks that most visitors easily visit because it is located near the capital of Madagascar and is the region with the largest lemur in the country. The park is divided into two zones: the Mantadia National Park and the Analamazoatra sanctuary.
7. Atsinanana Rainforest:
Six national parks together form the vast Atsinanana rainforest, home to the “exclusive” flora and fauna found only in the Madagascar rainforest ecosystem.
8. The markets of Madagascar
Don’t worry about shopping even though this is quite far from the mainland. Interestingly, the Zuma Market in Madagascar is considered the largest market in the world with a huge variety of products and always bustling. In addition, visitors can visit other markets such as Bazary Be and Toamasina (the main trading port of the country).
The items you should buy when coming to Madagascar are:
-Handicrafts: includes textiles such as lamba and silk scarf, often made from endemic silk rather than the smoother silk commonly found abroad. Knitting crochet and embroidered tablecloths are also a famous product of the North and Central region, especially Nosy Be and Tamatave. Quality cotton t-shirts printed with Malagasy designs and slogans found everywhere.
– Very popular wooden items, either carved or trussed, include intricately carved boxes, wooden musical instruments including djembe drums and suitcases (zither Malagasy tubes)
– Other souvenirs include textiles from reeds, raffles, sisal and straw (including hats, bags and pets). Antaimoro paper, decorated and dipped quite nicely dried flowers are also sold at Madagascar market. Or you can also choose to buy vanilla peels, pepper, cinnamon, cloves and other spices like chocolate are also quite unique edible gifts.