Madagascar is undoubtedly one of Africa’s most captivating countries and certainly the continent’s most unique island. This is surrounded by crystal clear waters of the Indian ocean but it is most famous for its spectacular flora and fauna ranging from baobab trees and charismatic lemurs. Much of country’s wildlife is endemic and found nowhere else on earth and eco-tourism is one of the key attractions here. It homes breathtaking dive sites, Madagascar luxury hotels, virgin beaches and colorful kaleidoscope of local Malagasy cuisine and culture. There are certain things which you must know before arriving here:
The fourth largest island on the planet, Madagascar is surrounded by the Indian ocean and it is situated at the east coast of Africa. Its closest mainland neighbor is Mozambique, while other islands in the vicinity include Mauritius and Reunion.
It has a total area of 587,041 square kilometers/226,660 square miles. To put that into perspective, it is almost similar to the size of France.
As per Worldometer, the current population of Madagascar is estimated to be 27,381,045.
Malagasy and French are the official languages of Madagascar with various dialects of Malagasy spoken throughout the island. French is mostly spoken by only educated class people.
The majority of Madagascans practice either Christianity or indigenous beliefs while about 7 percent are Muslim.
The official currency of Madagascar is known as Malagasy ariary.
Madagascar’s weather changes drastically from region to region. The east coast is tropical and has hot temperatures with plenty of rain. The highlands of the central interior are less humid and cooler while the south is the driest region out of all. In general, Madagascar has a cool, dry season and a hot, rainy season but the latter is known to bring cyclones.
The best time to visit Madagascar is during the dry season which falls between May to October. This is the time when temperature is pleasant and precipitation is lowest. You must avoid visiting in rainy season due to high risk of cyclones.
Some of the famous tourist places are Parc National de L’Isalo, the island of Nosy Be, Avenue of Baobabs, Parc National d’Andasibe-Mantadia, Antananarivo, Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park are among the few places which you must visit while vacating here.