Madagascar is a beautiful island country located in the Indian Ocean, off the southern part of Africa. It is the world’s fourth largest island and a great place to visit if you love the wildlife and the spectacular scenery of mountains, deserts, rainforests, beaches and island archipelagos linked by coral reefs and turquoise water. A holiday here not only will bring you adventures and excitement, but also enough memories for a lifetime.
The Highlands represent the core of the island and also the place where all the important cities are located. The best moment to visit is during the austral summer when the view of the terraced rice fields that dominate the area is simply spectacular. Antananarivo, the capital, is a great city to visit; the Queen Palace, or the old market Zoma, are always packed with tourists and locals and are the best places to experience the local life. The great burial site of Ambohimanga is one of the most impressive constructions built by the ancient Merina Kings.
The northern part of the island is the least inhabited and while it may not be easily accessible, the Karst pinnacles of the Ankarana National Park and diverse unique species of animals will make your trip here worth it. The Nosy Be Archipelago, situated North-West coast of Madagascar has some fabulous beaches where tourists can spot lemurs, but also try some other fun activities like diving and snorkeling.
The Eastern part of the country is the most popular amongst tourists. Sainte Marie islands has amazing beaches and offer great hospitality services. Locals receive tourists with an open heart and a warm and comfortable atmosphere. The best time period to visit these places is from October until December right after the rainy winter. Visit Andasibe National Park if you want to learn more about the wildlife of the island.. If you want to explore a coral island, this piece of paradise that is the island of Sainte Marie is the destination you are looking for.
The west is dominated by mighty baobabs and a coastline with many harbors that were used by pirates as hiding places. You should visit the area during the winter season no later than November. The Baobabs Alley offers an amazing view of the road, clustered with beautiful trees on each side. If you want to visit traditional fishing villages, take the coastal trail southwards from Morondava, a city located in the delta of the Morondava River.
If you want to interact more with the local people of Madagascar, just pay closer attention to the respect they have for nature and everything around them and how that balance is easily recognizable in their daily lives. After all, the best way to learn things about the people of a different culture, is to blend in and experience directly their way of living.