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6 Reasons You Should Visit Madagascar

6 Reasons You Should Visit Madagascar
Baobab Tree via Arson Haja en Unsplash

If you are looking for an unusual honeymoon trip or a new destination to enjoy real adventure and unique natural surroundings. Then this island off Eastern Africa would be a good choice for your journey. Let transport you to Madagascar.

In this far flung location expect adventure, delicious food and unique species endemic to only this island. Read on for more reasons to visit Madagascar and make this a trip of a lifetime.

Beautiful Beaches

The southwest part of Madagascar is the perfect destination for tourists. You will forget about all your worries once you visit the beaches of Madagascar. The surrounding islands nearby called Nosy Be are worth visiting. These beaches are perfect for holidays and for water sports such as open diving or whale watching.

Nosy Iranja via  Stefano Intintoli on Unsplash

World Heritage Site

The Tsingy de Bemaraha Reserve is one of the main attractions of Madagascar. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bemaraha Tsingy is the home to over 90 bird species, 10 kinds of lemurs and many different reptiles. You can also see remarkable limestone formations. Visiting the park should be over several days due to the sheer scale of the reserve. With 72,300 hectares, it is better to book with a local operator for a multi day excursion

Photo via Holly Bartley en Unsplash

Baobab: Mother of the Forest

Madagascar attracts botanists, archaeologists and tourists as its home to the world´s largest baobab trees. There are eight baobab species in the world. Madagascar has six of them. Head to Morondava to visit the vast forest of baobab. Some of these trees reach 29.52 ft, around 30 metres. So you will feel quite small when you stand below them.

Did you know that baobabs are also known as ‘Reniala’, meaning Mother of the forest.

Typical Food in Madagascar

Try some of the local food in Madagascar. The island is famous for producing a lot of the world´s Vanilla. So one of the best things to choose is the Koba Ravina cake. This typical bake is a local favourite. You will see it served at weddings or any celebration. Try Koba with vanilla ice cream. The main ingredients are vanilla, peanuts and rice flour. It is wrapped in banana leaves on the outside. You can easily find this typical cake in local shops.

Local Rice + Romazava Soup

Madagascar´s most traditional meal is Romazava and it’s made of different vegeatables and meat. The taste of Romazava varies. From one place to another they modify the recipe. The ingredients in Romazava are rice, Zebu meat (like beef) and paracress. Paracress is a plant that is used often for dental treatments as it desinfects and numbs the mouth naturally. So when you taste this typical dish you may notice this sensation depending on how much they added into the recipe. 

Fine Dining at Mad Zebu

In Belo sur Tsiribihina the restaurant Mad Zebu is a welcome surprise to travellers heading into the nature of Madagascar. This fine dining restaurant that is in the middle of nowhere opens for lunch and dinner daily. The meal costs around 37,000 MGA (under 10 usd). Specialities served by friendly chef Onja include zebu steak with Cape gooseberries and a range of delicious desserts.

Antananarivo, Madagascar

Madagascar´s Grand Canyon

Isalo National Park covers 81,540 hectares. Completely under the sea millions of years ago now it is popular with tourists. Every year more than 30,000 people visit this place and it´s known as Madagascars answer to the Grand Canyon. The Malagasy Grand Canyon has a lots of wildlife particularly lemurs, natural pools as well as the sandstone formations. The National Park is also home to 77 endemic bird species.

Madagascar will make your holiday memorable. Take time to plan properly, hire tour guides to see the beauty of Madagascar and make sure you have good travel insurance

Lemur at Isalo National Park, Madagascar