Last Updated on February 24, 2024 by Ahmed Khan
An island paradise, surrounded by history, pearl white beaches and incredible people, is how we can try to describe Madagascar. Every country in Africa has something incredible to offer. A hidden jewel would be an understatement as Madagascar will warrant a second or more visit. To get the best out of your time in Madagascar, we’ve prepared some helpful tips&tricks. With so much to see and do, it’s easy to get overwhelmed but fear not, as Madagascar is here to help.
1. Swim with the marine life
Whale sharks may be the biggest fish out there, but they are completely harmless to humans. Next to Nosy Be, one of the smaller towns that sparkle across the coast of Madagascar, you can find guided tours to let you experience this unique adventure! Besides whale sharks, you can also observe Madagascar’s other marine life. Turtles, dolphins, and manta rays, with schools of fish, are at your fingertips.
All of them are spread out alongside Madagascar’s shores and eagerly awaiting visitors to dazzle them with their presence. From September to December, you are welcome to come and observe the wonders of Madagascar’s marine life.
2. Bask in the Baobabs
Africa’s climate may be harsh, but the flora, and fauna have adapted uniquely. The Baobab tree represents one such evolution. The sheer size and volume of the tree stem from its ability to store and absorb water from its surroundings. Every drop of water is precious in Africa, and the Baobab tree knows that. Baobabs are unique to Madagascar, and your photo album will be filled to the brim with pictures, we guarantee it.
Local guides can offer exciting tours thru the fields of Baobabs, and you will soon learn that its sprout specimens are over 200 years old. The eldest can live up to 1000 years. The trunks measure more than 10 meters in diameter, so when you are walking thru this alleyway of giants, be sure to bring a camera.
3. Adventure awaits in Antananarivo
Besides nature, Madagascar has a vibrant history behind it. The indigenous culture represents a product of such a vast history, and you can observe and indulge in it first-hand by visiting Antananarivo. To get to know a country, you should eat where the locals do, and you can find plenty of choices in the street vendors. Since Madagascar was a French colony, you will also find fancy French restaurants, if you are looking for something on the other side of the spectrum.
You can get to know the locals and their customs by spending as much time as you can with them. Volunteering to do some productive and certified teaching overseas can be the perfect opportunity to experience Madagascar. While you are there, be sure to check out the historical part of Haute-Ville.
4. Tsingys Stone Citadel
We’ve mentioned how unique Africa and Madagascar are, but seeing the Tsingys Stone canyon can put that sentence into perspective. An almost alien landscape that’s over 200 million years old, there is nothing quite like it on Earth. Due to complex geological processes, the upwards dense formation of limestones looks like they were all hand carved, but it’s all made from Mother Nature’s creativity. The limestone pillars stand as a testament to what nature can create, and all we have to do is stand in awe. It’s no wonder the site is declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and with a glance, you will soon realise why.
5. Experience Isalo
The Isalo National Park is there for all the rugged and outback-hungry enthusiasts who visit Madagascar. If you are tired of beaches, history and delicious food, but wish to get lost and feel the soul of Madagascar, then we can think of nothing better than Isalo National Park. A Wild West kind of adventure is waiting, with a trained tour guide by your side.
The local lemurs are incredibly friendly and tame to humans, so you can get up close and personal. During your walk and exploration, you will see several waterfalls and if you decide to camp, you will see the stars like nowhere else. There is no light pollution to cloud your vision, so lay back on the grass, breathe the fresh air of Madagascar and enjoy the show.
6. Aerial adventures in Andanoka
Taking a vacation to get your adrenalin going, and to break the norm, doing something wild is made possible in Andanoka. Jumping off Tsaranoro, the largest granite cliff around, and soaring through the skies while Madagascar lies at your feet is something you will remember for a lifetime. Training, guides, equipment and everything you will need are available, and you can start from beginner-friendly to expert courses. Paragliding on the winds which gently caress the island and observing the unfathomable beauty, and then landing back on solid ground, only to run into the ocean for a swim can make for a perfect conversation starter. You only get to live once, so you should live to the max!
Madagascar is an island filled to the brim with adventures and opportunities. From top to bottom, from shore to shore, you will find something which will fill your soul and make you hungry for more. Food, culture, people, sights and nature all come together to form the wonder of Africa which is Madagascar. All you have to do is book your flight and throw a dart anywhere you wish. Don’t worry as you’ll be back again for more!