Madagascar - Eastern Africa

Madagascar - The Green Island.

Madagascar, a huge island nation off the southeast coast of Africa, is home to thousands of animal species – like lemurs – found nowhere else, plus rainforests, beaches and reefs. Near the busy capital, Antananarivo, is Ambohimanga, a hillside complex of royal palaces and burial grounds, as well as the “Avenue of the Baobabs,” a dirt road lined by massive centuries-old trees.

Madagascar split from the Indian peninsula around 88 million years ago, allowing native plants and animals to evolve in relative isolation. Consequently, Madagascar is a biodiversity hot spot; over 90% of its wildlife is found nowhere else on Earth. The island's diverse ecosystems and unique wildlife are threatened by the encroachment of the rapidly growing human population and other environmental threats.

Weather and Climate in Madagascar

The climate is dominated by the southeastern trade winds that originate in the Indian Ocean anticyclone, a center of high atmospheric pressure that seasonally changes its position over the ocean. Madagascar has two seasons: a hot, rainy season from November to April; and a cooler, dry season from May to October.

SIGHTSEEING / THINGS TO DO IN MADAGASCAR

Ranomafana National Park is located in the southeastern part of Madagascar in Haute Matsiatra and Vatovavy-Fitovinany.

Isalo National Park is a National Park in the Ihorombe Region of Madagascar. The park is known for its wide variety of terrain, including sandstone formations, deep canyons, palm-lined oases, and grassland.

The Avenue or Alley of the Baobabs is a prominent group of baobab trees lining the dirt road between Morondava and Belon'i Tsiribihina in the Menabe region in western Madagascar.

Amber Mountain National Park is a National Park in the Diana Region of northern Madagascar. The park is known for its water falls and crater lakes and is located 1000 km north of the capital, Antananarivo.

Ankarafantsika National Park is a national park in the Boeny Region of Madagascar. The closest city is Majunga 115 km north of the park. Ankarafantsika is mostly tropical in climate type

Marojejy National Park is a national park in the Sava Region of northeastern Madagascar. It covers 55,500 ha and is centered on the Marojejy Massif, a mountain chain that rises to an elevation of 2,132 m

Zahamena National Park is a national park of Madagascar. Established in 1997, it covers an area of 423 square kilometers out of a total protected area of 643 square kilometers.

Nosy Mangabe is a small island reserve located in Antongil Bay about 2 km offshore from the town of Maroantsetra in eastern Madagascar. 520ha in size, it is accessible by small boat and is part of the larger Masoala National Park complex.

The Rova of Antananarivo is a royal palace complex in Madagascar that served as the home of the sovereigns of the Kingdom of Imerina in the 17th and 18th centuries, as well as of the rulers of the Kingdom of Madagascar in the 19th century.

Andohahela National Park, in southeast Madagascar, is remarkable for the extremes of habitats that are represented within it. The park covers 760 square kilometers of the Anosy mountain range, the southernmost spur of the Malagasy Highlands.

Cape Sainte Marie is a town and the southernmost point of Madagascar in the Androy region. It is also the location of the Cap Saint Marie Special Reserve, a nature reserve which occupies most of the cape and was created in 1962.

ACCOMMODATION

RADAMA HOTEL (2*)

Located at Isoraka, Antananarivo, Madagascar Discover the legendary Malagasy hospitality and the warm welcome of our country.

Just in the heart of business district, between banks and ministers, jewellery, curio shops and night clubs, Radama Hotel offers an original Malagasy style of accommodation, the best place to feel the beat of this City of Thousand Warriors better known as Antananarivo! Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.radama-hotel.com/en/

SAINTE - MARIE MADAGASCAR HOTEL (5*)

Located in the North-East of Sainte-Marie (Madagascar), you will receive a warm welcome at the Riake Resort & Villa. You can find at the heart of an overwhelming natural beauty, overlooking a magnificent, white-sandy beach. The Riake Resort and Villa combines nature, comfort and luxury and was built in harmony with the local environment. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.princesse-bora.com/

IBIS ANTANARIVO HOTEL (3*)

30 minutes from Ivato International Airport, the Ibis Antananarivo hotel is located in the heart of the Ankorodrano business district, close to the Ivandry residential area and the embassies, and 10 minutes from the famous Avenue de l'Indépendance. 174 fully air-conditioned rooms, including 12 superior rooms and 24 interconnecting rooms. Bar and restaurant seating 130 with terrace overlooking the heated swimming pool. Two modular 323 sq. ft. (30 m²) meeting rooms. Secure outdoor car park. Recommended for families and couples.

Website: www.ibis.com


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