MADAGASCAR

POPULATION

Populated at the end of the first and Terra Incognita for the Europeans until the sixteenth century, Madagascar nurtured the development of a unique civilization influenced by various factors. The daily life, the customs, the arts, the common language with its multitudes of ethnical variations is the expression of an infinite diversity, between Asia and Africa.

CLIMATE

The Highlands are characterized by a mild climate, the West is hot and dry. The East Coast is rainy, so is the hot North, while the South is semi arid.

RELIGIONS

Many religions, particularly ancestral worship, Christianity (Catholicism, Protestantism…), and Islam, coexist peacefully in Madagascar.

HEALTH & SAFETY

No vaccination is compulsory for travelers coming to Madagascar. Anti-malaria prophylaxis is however highly recommended.

TRANSPORTATION

Domestic flights : Air Madagascar is the only domestic airline.
Road Transport:The taxi brousse remains the back bone of road transport.
Car Hire : The choice ranges from small cars to 4 WD vehicles. Usually, car rental comes with the services of a driver.
Urban Transport : The capital, Antananarivo, and its suburbs, are served by a dense network of public transport. In large coastal cities, rickshaws ride at a lower speed than the bicycle rickshaws.
The Train:The train is also used for the transport of merchandise in Madagascar.

NOT TO BE MISSED

List of World Heritage sites in Madagascar : Ambohimanga Royal Hill, Rainforests of the Atsinanana, Reserve of Tsingy of Bemaraha and the Wood crafting Knowledge of the Zafimaniry.
6 World Heritage-Classified Parks : National Parks of Marojejy, Masoala, Zahamena, Ranomafana, Andringitra, and Andohahela.
East:The island of Sainte-Marie (whale watching), the SAVA, the Antongil Bay, the Pangalanes Channel and the Masoala.
North : The Emerald Sea, National Parks of Ankarana and Diego-Suarez.
North West : Nosy Be and its beautiful surrounding islands.
West:Mahajanga (The Red Cirque), Morondava, the Alley of Baobabs, the Makay Massif, Belo-sur-Tsiribihina and the big river Tsiribihina.
Center:The Land of Sleeping Volcanoes Itasy, Antananarivo (the capital), Fianarantsoa, Antsirabe and Andasibe.
South:National Parks of Isalo, Ifaty, Tulear and Fort-Dauphin.
Events:Zegny Zo (Diego Suarez), Donia Festival (Nosy Be), Koezy Festival (Mahajanga), Madajazzcar (Antananarivo), Grande Regate of Nosy Be, Toliary tsy miroro (Tuléar), Karitaky Festival (Ranohira) and Betatoato Festival (Moramanga).
Food:Zebu meat, Ravitoto, Romazava, mofo gasy, koba, Voanjobory, Robert’s chocolate and Malagasy vanilla.

Contact
Madagascar National Tourism Board
IBG 29 C - Antsahavola 101-Antananarivo Retour ligne automatique
Madagascar

Tel : + 261 20 22 661 15 | 6
Mail : ontm@moov.mg
Siteweb : www.madagascar-tourisme.com

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