Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world, and it has been populated since the beginning of the first millennium. The natural beauty and ecological diversity here leave you with unforgettable memories to return home with. Located on the east coast of Africa, in the Indian Ocean, Madagascar is home to thousands of animal and plant species that are not found in other parts of the world.
Madagascar’s natural diversity has made this country known as the “8th Continent”. Worshipping the ancestors and traditions are part of the national culture, being reflected in the architecture, art and social customs of the country. Visit the tourist attractions we’ll discuss in today’s article to learn more about Madagascar’s natural, cultural and historical diversity.
Ranomavna National Park
Located in the south-east of Madagascar, near the village of Ranomavna, it is one of the most popular parks in the country. The eastern part is the most spectacular, featuring plenty of beautiful waters and dense forests. The park is home to yellow bamboo lemurs, an animal whose diet includes bamboo buds, which contain cyanide in lethal doses for other animals, which somehow doesn’t affect the lemur.
Masoala National Park
Located in northeastern Madagascar, the Masoala National Park covers 250 miles of forest and includes three marine parks. The park includes 10 lemur species, and also the famous Aye-aye, the world’s largest primate. The park is home to various species of birds and reptiles, such as the Tomato frog, known for its bright red color. The Tampolo, Ambodilaitry and Ifaho marine parks are ideal for diving and kayaking adventures.
Royal Hill in Ambohimanga
Having been considered one of the most sacred places of the country by the Malagasy people for 500 years, the Royal Hill of Ambohimanga is a historic village that was once the royal house in Madagascar. The wall that surrounds the village was built in 1847 and is made of a mortar composed by egg whites and lime. The Mahandrihono Fort includes Andrianampoinimerina’s old house with walls made of solid rosewood, together with its artifacts, including drums, weapons and talismans.
Ifaty is the name given to two fishing villages on the southwest coast of Madagascar. Offshore, there is a 60-mile long coral reef, which serves as a natural barrier to the harsh waves and creates coastal waters perfect for scuba diving and fishing. The desert inside the island is known for the thorn forest, where the baobabi trees with strange forms thrive for centuries.
Avenue of the baobabs
A group of 800-year-old Baobab trees along the road between Morondava and Belon’i Tsiribihina in western Madagascar. This beautiful landmark attracts tourists from all over the world, making it one of the most visited places in the area..
The small island of Nosy Be is one of the country’s most important tourist attractions, attracting thousands of tourists from all over the world throughout the year. Although the beaches of Nosy Be do not look as perfect as the tropical beaches, the place is famous for its tranquility, turquoise waters and seafood restaurants.
Tsingy de Bemaraha
Tsingy de Bemaraha is located in southern Madagascar. The word “tsingy” refers to the steep slopes that form the limestone plateau. The park is home to seven types of lemurs including Deckens sifaka, a species known for its white fur and black face.
Isalo National Park
The Isalo National Park is known for its varied terrain. Located in the center of the southern region, the park includes extensive meadows, steep canyons and sand formations, all interrupted by palm trees. Tourists can take various tours here, ranging from a few hours to even a few days.
St. Marie Island
St. Marie was on the east coast of Madagascar. The surface of the island features sheltered bays and roads that led the pirates towards it during the 17th and 18th centuries. Wrecks of some pirate ships can still be seen here. The clear bay waters of the St. Marie island are ideal for diving. Humpback whales visit the island’s waters often during the summer and early autumn. Today, the island is one of the top attractions for tourists coming to Madagascar.