The island of Madagascar is located in the Indian Ocean off the east African coast and is considered the fourth largest island in the world. It has one of the richest biodiversity on the planet with countless endemic species and a smiling and hospitable people.
There are many different programs to do while staying on the island of Madagascar. The location is perfect for hiking, with breathtaking scenery, mountains, extinct volcanoes and much more. Two of the National Parks are known as the best places in the world for hiking.
What to know before traveling to Madagascar:
- Tropical storms can occur
Whether due to the heat and rain, or the greater probability of tropical storms, it is not recommended to travel between the months of February and March. The south of Madagascar is the area where it rains the least and guarantees pleasant temperatures throughout the year.
- Discover unique plants and animals
All over the island you will find an extensive and unique wildlife population. From baobabs (Madagascar’s characteristic trees) to lemurs, the island is teeming with life you won’t find anywhere else in the world.
- How to dress and what to bring
Considering the dry season as the best time to make your trip, the tip on what to pack is light and comfortable clothes, especially for the beach. In addition, it is advisable to bring a hat, sunscreen and long-sleeved, but light, shirts for the night.
- How to travel around the island
With fuel costs rising, renting a car is not recommended. Therefore, the best way to get around is by taxi or public transport.
Due to poverty in the country, thefts and robberies are frequent to the detriment of tourists, even in the capital and in the main tourist centers. For this reason, it is always highly recommended not to walk alone in outlying areas or at night.
Top things to see and do in Madagascar
The capital of Madagascar makes our list as a starting point to explore the rest of the island. Although the city is a bit chaotic, it is a good place to experience the mix of cultures and traditions that characterize the island.
- Baobá Avenue
Baobabs are among the most famous trees on the planet and not without reason, after all, they tower above all other trees and last for hundreds of years.
- Tsingy de Bemaraha
Getting to the nature reserve known as Tsingy de Bemaraha is not for everyone, but there is no doubt that it is worth it. This landscape, created over thousands of years by limestone water, promises to take your breath away.
The national park known as Isalo is the right destination for lovers of long walks through unforgettable landscapes.
Ranomafana is the typical tropical forest with dense vegetation, rivers, waterfalls and diverse fauna. There, you can find unique animal species from all over the world.
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