Madagascar

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  Overview

An island paradise surrounded by Indian Ocean bliss.

Madagascar lies 400 kilometres off the east coast of Africa and is celebrated for its abundance of wildlife and flora, 80% of which is found nowhere else on earth. The island offers diverse and spectacular scenery: mountains, deserts, rainforests, dazzling beaches fringing the Indian Ocean and island archipelagos linked by coral reefs and clear turquoise waters.

Isolated from the continent 160 million years ago, Madagascar followed a unique evolutionary path with species such as enormous tortoises, elephant birds, and of course lemurs. Lemurs were the highest primate form on the island until the Malagasy people, of Afro-Polynesian ancestry, arrived a mere 2000 years ago. Madagascar is the World's 4th largest island. 

Beautiful landscapes, beaches and wildlife reserves, together with delightful local peoples combine to make this island an unforgettable holiday experience



 
  Bordering Countries   Capital City   Currency  
  Indian Ocean Island   Antananarivo   Malagasy Ariary (MGA)  
             
  Official Language   Largest City   Dialling code  
  Malagasy, French, English   Antananarivo   +261  
   
 
 
 
 
           
           
           
  When to go

The Madagascar climate is hot and sub-tropical, it is colder in the mountains, while the south and west regions are particularly dry.  The stunning island is ringed by golden beaches and palm trees, and has a diverse interior with plateaus, volcanoes, forests and natural reserves.

Best time to go: September to November (After the cool, dry winter but before the hot rainy season)
High Season: July to August (Are the coolest months of the year, which is not bad at all in the coastal regions)
Low Season: January to March and June
Best Weather: September to December (Hotter than during the last months and it does not rain a lot)
Worst Weather: January to March (Heavy rains and high risk of cyclones in the east and northeast)
Whale Watching: June to September (
Large groups of humpback whales make their annual migration from the Antarctic to the sheltered waters around Ile Ste Marie)
   
               
 
           
Fast Fact

Madagascar was home to the largest bird in the world, the elephant bird, until it became extinct in the 17th century
           
           
Electricity / Voltage
Plugs / sockets are usually an issue when it comes to traveling, so always make sure you travel with a universal plug adapter

The voltage is 220 V
The plugs used are C or E
The electrical frequency is 50 Hz
           
           
Itravel's preferred Top Attractions
Brief descriptions of our recommended areas to visit
           
    Antananarivo
Is divided into three different levels, which are linked by really crowded stairways leading to the upper city boroughs, which are full of traditional red-earth brick houses. Basically, we can differentiate between the downtown (ancient swamp), the some intermediate level (known as Plateau du Colbert and located in the middle of the cliffs, and the old city in upper town (La Haute ville)
 
         
    Isalo National Park
The Isalo National Park is notable for is varied terrain, the park includes areas of grassland, steep canyons and sandstone formations, all dotted by occasional pools lined by palm trees
 
         
    Ifaty
The desert inland area is known for its spiny forest, where the strange-shaped baobab trees have thrived for centuries. Offshore, a 60-mile long coral reef is a natural barrier to rough sea waves, creating coastal waters that are ideal for diving, snorkeling and fishing
 
         
    Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park
Located in Melaky Region. The national park centers on two geological formations: the Great Tsingy and the Little Tsingy. Together with the adjacent Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve, the National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
 
         
    Nosy Be
The small island of Nosy Be is one of Madagascar's premier tourist spots. Although Nosy Be's beaches don't look as picture perfect as some other tropical beaches, they do win points for tranquility and clear turquoise water
 
         
    Alley of the Baobabs
The Alley of the Baobabs is a group of trees lining the dirt road between Morondava and Belon'i Tsiribihina. Making it one of the most visited locations in the region Over the years, the forests were cleared for agriculture, leaving only the famous baobab trees
 
         

 

 
 
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