Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world, which should be visited by absolutely everyone who wants to experience, without exaggeration, emotions and impressions completely unlike anything else. You will be fascinated by Madagascar because it offers something special for absolutely everyone! We have prepared for you the TOP 5 reasons why travelers choose Madagascar.
1. Bird watching
There are about 265 species of birds in Madagascar, of which 120 are endemic to this island. Madagascar was once home to giant epiornis birds, which looked like an ostrich, but weighed about 500 kg and were 3 to 5 m tall. From May to mid-August, the rainforests are quite quiet and it is more difficult to see the “life” of birds than in the autumn season, so most bird watchers come to Madagascar from the end of August to December.
If you want to go bird watching in Madagascar, we recommend that you visit the Andasibe Martadia and Masoala National Parks.
2. Island walks and hiking
Madagascar boasts impressive landscapes — mountain peaks and extinct volcanoes, stunning flora and fauna. 70% of the island’s land is located at an altitude of 1000 m to 1500 m above sea level.Lonely Planet has rated Masoala National Park and Isalo National Park as two of the best places in the world to hike. Masoala is the largest nature reserve on the island and is famous for its scenic trails through dense forests that sweep along the peninsula. Isalo is known for its unique landscape, an amazing combination of rare vegetation, tropical savannas, outlandish rocks, caves and crystal clear reservoirs.Madagascar has everything from sunset walks along the coast to multi-day marathon hikes!
3. Wildlife watching
Thanks to the unique geological history of Madagascar, you can see animals here that you will not find anywhere else in the world. Masoala National Park is the largest protected area in Madagascar and home to many wildlife, from chameleon and gecko to ai-ai, yamka and fanaloka.Many travelers are looking forward to meeting the lemur of Madagascar. In Andasibe-Mantadia National Park you will find 14 different species of lemurs. We also recommend that you visit Ranomafana National Park because there are less than 200 golden bamboo lemurs left in the wild. This is your chance to see them in their natural habitat.
4. Lovely kitchen
Did you know that Madagascar is a gourmet paradise? This is a place in the Indian Ocean where traders from Africa, the Middle East and India have stayed for centuries, sharing their recipes. Traditional Madagascar cuisine may not seem very refined and simple, but over the centuries, it has been shaped by the influence of several cultures and has absorbed both the flavors of French buns and African spices.The national dish of Madagascar is “Ravitutu”, an assortment of pork or beef stewed with cassava. You may also like “Ro” – a traditional salad of rice seasoned with spices and herbs, “Anana” – rice salad with shrimp, vegetables, bananas, potatoes and cassava leaves, “Kitosa” – fried or dried meat, cut into strips.
5. Beach holidays and water activities
This island has crystal clear waters, beaches with soft white sand and light blue skies. The aquatic world of this magical place attracts diving, snorkeling and avid fishermen. Here humpback whales swim very close to the shore and there are miracle fish.
Madagascar has many secluded beaches and coves. We recommend you to visit the island of Nusi Be and St. Mary’s Island, which are famous not only for their cozy sandy beaches, but also for fashionable hotels, nightclubs, good restaurants, waterfalls, nature reserves, many lakes, and National underwater Parks.
With Golden Holidays, you can book accommodation in the best hotels in Madagascar, go on an exciting sightseeing tour.
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