What to Expect When Traveling to Madagascar
Madagascar is truly unique: home to lemurs and orchids, as well as its people, who all have their own remarkable stories to tell. Madagascar has five times the species of any other habitat on Earth, and while many of these species exist nowhere else, this is also true of Malagasy people. Read on for unique experiences you can have on the world’s biggest island nation.
1. The Moramora Way of Life
One of the most spectacular experiences in Madagascar, the Moramora site is a unique way of life to many people around Antsiranana, the largest city in the north of the country.
This is where the last remaining temporary fishing camps of the Betsimisaraka people, known as Moramora, can be found. These unique communities of shelters built on stilts are built in an area with a large, natural lake. Groups have lived and farmed here for centuries, harvesting the lake’s bounty.
At Moramora, you can rent a pirogue boat, a traditional wooden boat and explore the area. Many mangroves and a thriving community still follow the same traditions passed down from generation to generation.
2. Organic Food Everywhere You Go
It’s not hard to find organic food in Madagascar, and it is everywhere. The number of organic farming and gardening sites is increasing as more and more farmers realize the benefits of this method.
Instead of growing on a factory farm, the food is produced by the farmers themselves, who must adhere to strict standards set by the government. The food is marketed and sold as organic, so you know exactly where it came from and how it was made.
3. The Rainforests of Madagascar
There are three amazing rainforests in Madagascar. The most famous is the Ankarana Rainforest, home to many lemurs. The Andohahela National Park and Ranomafana National Park are excellent places to go rainforest-diving in Madagascar.
With over 1,000 species of vertebrates and plants, the Andohahela Rainforest is one of the most diverse in the world.
4. Several World Heritage Sites
There are several World Heritage Sites in Madagascar, including the Tsingy de Bemaraha, the famous spiky formations. This site is the only place in the world where these limestone formations can be found.
In addition to the Tsingy, the Isalo National Park is home to many unique species and varied ecosystems. The Tsiribihina River, which runs through the park, is also worth seeing. A considerable number of Malagasy people live in this area, too.
5. Wide Marijuana Consumption
The use of marijuana is widespread in Madagascar. It is usually consumed in its raw form, but it is also found in many cooking recipes, such as rice and other staples. There is no legislation against smoking marijuana in Madagascar, and it is very cheap to buy. It is sold everywhere, even in the major cities in the capital.
6. Unlimited Holiday Activities
Sunbathe on one of the tropical islands, explore the rainforests, take a pirogue trip, visit a zoo or aquarium, learn about the history of the nation, go on a safari, watch a volleyball competition, climb the highest peak on the island, drive around the country, explore cultural heritage sites and much, much more!
You’ll find a country rich in history, traditions, and fascinating people in Madagascar. One of the most popular destinations in Africa, it is one of the best places in the world to travel. The island has a lot to offer, no matter your interests, so don’t miss out on this fantastic destination!
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