‘Madagascar’ is a name that suggests faraway mystique, but few people could spot it on a map. That should change. There are great places to visit here, places that tend to be just off the usual tourist traps. Take a look:
Ifaty is an area of fishing villages renowned for its baobab trees onshore and the fine snorkeling in its clear waters. .
Andasibe-Mantadia National Park
Eleven lemur species live in Andasibe-Mantadia National Park. One of them is the Indri, Madagascar’s largest. There are lots of other exotic creatures there, too – like this chameleon.
The island of Nosy Be has some of world’s most tranquil, atmospheric beaches. It also has some fine seafood restaurants.
Royal Hill of Ambohimanga
For 500 years, the village known as the Royal Hill of Ambohimanga was renowned as a sacred spot by the Malagasy people.
Ranomafana National Park
Located in the southeastern region of near the village of Ranomafana, the Ranomafana National Park is one of Madagascar’’s most popular parks, It’s the home of the golden bamboo lemur, which eats bamboo shoots full of cyanide.
Ile Sainte Marie
The Ile Sainte Marie lies off the east coast of Madagascar, is an excellent location for both snorkeling and observing humpback whales. A few hundred years ago, it was a favorite haunt for pirates. Several old pirate ships can still be visited.
Isalo National Park
The Isalo National Park has a little bit of almost every sort of terrain. You’ll need a guide. It’s easy to get lost among sandstone forms and steep canyon walls.
The Avenue of the Baobabs
The Avenue of the Baobabs used to be forested, but the forest has been cleared for farmland, except for these weirdly majestic trees that can be up to 800 years old.
Masoala National Park
The Masoala National Park is 250 square miles, most of it rain forest. Among creatures that make its home there is this Tomato frog, named for… well, it’s pretty obvious, isn’t it?
Tsingy De Bemaraha Reserve
The Tsingy de Bemaraha Reserve holds seven species of lemur and a mangrove forest, but it’s best known for a geological formation, ‘tsingy,’ the strange pinnacles in the reserve park’s limestone plateau.