With its wonderful natural setting, Madagascar attracts everyone, from first time visitors to returning travelers. The island nation’s biodiversity is astonishing, with over 100 species of lemurs, 300 species of birds and half of the world’s chameleons. Located off the coast of Mozambique, it offers plenty of activities for outdoorsy people, magnificent beaches and a rich culture that might make you want to stay forever. So here are the 5 reasons why Madagascar should be your next travel destination.
Its landscapes will take your breath away
With a surface of more than 58,000 kilometers and climates that vary from one region to the other, Madagascar is just waiting to be discovered. Being the world’s fourth largest island, it offers a multitude of options to go and explore or to contemplate the wonders of its land. Visit the Integral Natural Reserve of Tsingy de Bemaraha, a nature reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site made of incredibly sharp limestone rock, which is called tsingy because it means a place “where no one can walk barefoot”.
Its locals and culture will charm you
Being a former French colony and bearing Asian and African heritages, Madagascar is a real melting pot of cultures. The locals are found to be some of the friendliest in all of Africa so you will be able to learn everything about their traditions and culture… And there is a lot to learn, as the island is home to 18 different ethnic groups!
Enjoy one of the richest fauna and flora in the world
Hosting 19,000 plant species, among which 80% cannot be found anywhere else in the world, and more than 100,000 species of fauna, Madagascar is an incredible place for nature lovers. You will be able to organise plenty of field trips to discover the island’s unique 860 species of orchids, its 8 Baobab species and its 165 species of palm trees.
It offers a wide choice of activities
Whether you are going on a family holiday, a romantic trip, or even on solo travels, Madagascar offers plenty of options in terms of activities. You could go hiking, quad biking, surfing, scuba diving, or even take a cruise… So, really, there are no excuses to feel bored in Madagascar!
Stay in some fantastic hotels and homes
Madagascar has everything in terms of accomodation, from luxurious hotel resorts to cheap hostels, or even friendly family stays… So the experience you get is only up to you. You can learn about the culture and lifestyle with locals, or indulge in some luxurious setting, as there are plenty of outstanding resorts all over the island.