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The Democratic Republic of Madagascar is the world's 4th largest
island; situated 360km east of Mozambique.
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At 1,571 km long, by 571 km wide, there are plenty of beaches and
contrasts on Madagascar.
A mountainous central spine separates the permanently damp east
from the drier west, and sub-desert south.
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Man is said to have arrived on Madagascar more than 2,000 years
ago; by canoe from Melanesia, Polynesia, Indonesia - and joined later by the Bantu from
Africa and Arabian traders - to make up this unique Afro-Asian nation.
The Merina and Betsileo peoples, who live in the interior of
Madagascar, are the descendants of these early migrants from Indonesia.
The Portuguese, English, and French all had problems in their early
attempts to colonise Madagascar; although the French did manage to hang around for thirty
years during the 1600s.
Succeeding Merina monarchs took it in turns to befriend the English or
the French, but relations were always strained.
Queen Ranavalona III finally gave in to the French at the end of the
19th century, and the country became known as the Malagasy Republic.
The name reverted back to Madagascar after Independence.
Regular flights to Madagascar from France.
In Madagascar, visitors are advised to respect children, mothers, the elderly and rice
Madagascar Photo Essay:
This web site is intended to illuminate the principles of ecology and evolutionary biology
and to educate people about threats to biodiversity.
The cyclone season brings the rains to Madagascar from February to
March and is a good time for flowering orchids.
Once the rains are finished, the countryside becomes lush and green
from April to May.
Animals are least active during June to August (the coldest months),
so it's probably best to visit between September and December; after the cool, dry winter
but before the hot rainy season.
Located between the mainland of Madagascar (Ankify peninsula) and the island of Nosy Be.
With its exceptional diversity in geography, biodiversity and
culture, there's something new for you to do each time you visit Madagascar.
The following are popular activities that you might like to consider:
Lazy Days at The Beach
Madagascar is famous for its fine white sands and calm, clear waters,
making it ideal for a relaxing day at the beach as well as snorkelling when the tide is
Some ideals spots to experience the characteristic sandy white beaches
include Nosy Ve, and Anakao.
Madagascars Unique Wildlife
Madagascar is home to some of the most extraordinary wildlife
including lemurs, a rainbow-array of chameleon species and bird species you will find
nowhere else in the world.
Private Reserve is a popular hotspot for wildlife viewing in Madagascar and is most
popular for its brown lemur, ring-tailed lemur and sifaka populations.
Madagascars Unique Flora
Madagascars unique wildlife is sustained by its unique flora.
Two recommended spots are Adohahela National Park and Mandena Conservation Zone.
Adohahela National Park
The reserve has three distinct zones of rainforest, spiny forest and
the east-west transition forest, which is the last place on earth you will find the
Triangle Palm tree.
Mandena Conservation Zone
The zone protects rare littoral forest (similar to coastal
rainforest), with 60ha of wetlands. It includes 22 species of endemic flora and 200 large
Hiking & Walks at Andringitra National Park
The national park was established to protect the fauna and flora in
the area. Its main attractions are its landscapes, vegetation and hiking.
The main hiking circuits offer a spectacular adventure of waterfalls,
caves, medicinal plants, forests, granite peaks and escarpments, and an encounter with the
characteristic ring-tailed lemurs.
Tombs & Sub-fossil Elephant Bird Eggshells
A day exploring Anakao fishing village by foot is rewarded by
discovering some ancient tombs at the peninsula and fragments of
sub-fossil eggshells from
the extinct Elephant Bird (Aepyornis).
The elephant bird is said to have been so large in size that it could
easily carry away a creature the size of an elephant.
Anako Ocean Lodge:
A magical place that by strange and fortunate circumstances has remained an uncontaminated
corner away from the more chaotic mass tourism routes.
Diving in Madagascar
Madagascar offers outstanding biodiversity amongst its reefs and
islands. The coral reefs in this area have not been affected badly by coral bleaching (an
effect of global warming) and you may come across almost every species of coral known in
the western part of the Indian Ocean.
By boat you may come across dolphins and hump-backed whales, and
underwater you may even be lucky enough to spot a whale shark.
By John Simms.
Known as Tananarive, until 1977, Antananarivo is the capital of
The capital is situated in a rice-growing region, in the central part
of the island and began as a fortress of the Merina rulers, in the early 17th century.
Their large palace can still be seen.
Hotels in Madagascar:
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Hotels in Antananarivo
Carlton Antananarivo Madagascar:
Rue Pierre Stibbe Anosy, Antananarivo, Madagascar.
Enjoy all the luxuries associated with a 5-star hotel in the
historical district of Madagascar's capital city. The hotel's dining establishments
include two restaurants and a coffee shop.
Guests at the Hotel
Carlton Antananarivo Madagascar were impressed with the stunning pool, excellent
service and wonderful views.
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The train line in Madagascar goes from the capital, Antananarivo,
to Toamasina; a seaport on the Indian Ocean.
Masoala National Park, in north-eastern Madagascar, is the
country's largest and contains many animal species unique to Madagascar; including the
red-ruffed lemur, Madagascar red owl, serpent eagle, and 22 species of rare butterfly.
The official languages of Madagascar are the Merina dialect of
Malagasy - of Malayo-Indonesian origin - and French.
Traditional Music in Madagascar
The 22-string valiha, played at circumcisions and religious
ceremonies, is the traditional instrument of Madagascar. It is often produced from an
oblong wooden box and bicycle-brake cable.
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