Madagascar is one of the largest islands in the Indian Ocean and is famous for its unique wildlife and ecological diversity. With white sandy beaches, lush rainforest, breathtaking nature views and delicious local food, Madagascar offers an unforgettable experience. Below are six reasons why you should visit Madagascar.
The Beaches are Beautiful
What better way to relax and unwind than spending time on a peaceful beach with white sand and clear blue water that offers stunning views at sunset? In recent years, the southwest part of Madagascar has become one of its top tourist destinations. This romantic spot is perfect for wedding proposals, weddings and as a honeymoon destination. You can also enjoy this experience in the north as well as the nearby islands of Nosy Be.
The Whale-Watching Is Magnificent
Madagascar is located close to a whale migration route, and whales are visible between July and September from the coast. The ideal spot to admire a legion of humpback whales is hands-down Sainte-Marie island. Females come here to give birth in the warm sea. Mommy whales and their babies bask in the Nosy Be shallow waters in the northwest from October to December. You will also be able to hear the powerful song of the male whales.
The Food is Delicious
Surprisingly, Madagascan cuisine is delicious. Not the bland and unimaginative food one would imagine. You can expect Malagasy ingredients such as coconut, zebu meat, rice, cassava and spices combined with French colonial influences to make mealtimes a pleasure.
The Wildlife is Spectacular
Lemurs are widely known as Madagascar’s most famous residents. But, they are not all this beautiful country has to offer with regards to wildlife. In fact, the island is a wildlife paradise with many different types of animals. With more than 260 species of reptiles, 300 species of birds and hundreds of insect species and other mammals (including the whales from June to October), Madagascar has enough wildlife to keep a wildlife enthusiast occupied for a long time.
The Culture and History is Fascinating
Aside from the island’s animal life and amazing scenery, Madagascar is a place where you’ll find many diverse traditions and cultures. The Malagasy culture is a fusion of people of Arab, African and Indian origin and more than 18 different ethnic groups. Madagascar is home to some of the friendliest and welcoming people in all of Africa.
It’s Where You’ll Find the Biggest Baobab Ever
The baobab tree, also known as the bottle tree, is called ‘reniala’, translating to ‘mother of the forest’ in the local language. In Madagascar, you will find two-thirds of existing baobab species where they form a large forest in semi-dry areas in the South. Some baobab trees can grow 30 meters high and 9 meters in diameter. These natural treasures will leave you captivated.
There’s no doubt that Madagascar is a spectacular location where you’ll have endless options for adventures.