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Madagascar, geography and facts explained
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Known for its lemurs- thanks to popular animated films, Madagascar is one of the world’s largest islands and filled with many more thrilling creatures and sights. Lush and vibrant, the country is home to rich farmland, tropical rainforests, and the sandy beaches along the Indian Ocean coast. Unique flora like the baobab tree and the spiny forests of the south make Madagascar truly distinct; over 80% of its plant species are only found on the island. Animals like the fossa and crazy chameleons call the island home, as do a variety of native and African peoples.
No matter where you stay, Madagascar’s colorful culture shines through. The city of Morondova, capital of the Menabe Region, draws visitors to its Avenue of Baobabs each year. Antsirabe, one of the nation’s largest cities, enjoys a cool climate and is situated near the volcanic lake Tritriva, a beautiful destination. Antananarivo, or ‘Tana’ to the locals, is the capital and the center of arts and culture. Toamasina, a charming beach town on the east coast, is a relaxing seaport town.
Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park is one of Madagascar’s top outdoor destinations. Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its incredible flora, fauna, and geography. Stunning cliffs and weird topography caused by underground caves have made the landscape unforgettable. In addition, the reserve is home to a wide amount of endemic species found only in the conditions caused by the unique geography.
Madagascar’s artistic culture is as diverse as its animal life. Incredible poetry and oral traditions play an important role in the island’s arts, a rarity among most present-day countries. Madagascar is home to several distinct and unique musical styles, from the African-influenced salegy to the highland hiragasy traditions. The hiragasy performances typically last an entire day, combined with dance and oratory presentations, in addition to local foods. It’s a colorful and beautiful tradition that can’t be found anywhere else in the world.
Madagascar’s craftsmen are also incredibly skilled. Silk weaving is a popular trade, as is the weaving of raffia, a local plant fiber, into hats, baskets, and more. UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage includes the woodworking of the highland peoples, which is delicate and unforgettable.
The capital and largest city, Antananarivo, is a true modern metropolis. With a history dating back to the island’s first peoples. It passed through French hands before independence, adding a wide variety of architectural styles to the cityscape. The capital’s artistic culture is vibrant, and live music can be heard pouring out of venues and into the streets at night. Traditional performing arts are performed in outdoor theaters on warm nights. In addition, genres like jazz can be heard at cultural centers.
Madagascar has something to offer all comers. Whether you’re looking to immerse yourself in a colorful and unique culture, go exploring amidst unique plants and animals, or relax on the beach, you’ll find what you’re looking for in this island nation.