Madagascar is a lovely island, with a mix of diverse and interesting cultures. It is home to the world famous Madagascar Catfish and Madagascar Lobster, which can both be found in abundance on this delightful island, and offer visitors a feast for their eyes. The rich flora and fauna of Madagascar also offer a fascinating insight into the rich history of Madagascar, where in the past there have been many civilisations and invasions over the centuries. There is the possibility to enjoy your holiday in Madagascar without actually having to leave the country, which is actually a blessing in itself as you are able to witness the true diversity of the cultural heritage of Madagascar without actually having to step foot on the island itself. For a truly memorable holiday experience, why not book yourself onto one of the top five budget hotels in Madagascar, where you will truly be welcomed and cared for during your stay?
Madagascar is an island nation located south of the Indian Ocean, about halfway between France and India. Madagascar is sometimes referred to as the ‘Pearl of Africa’, due to the large number of pearls found on its beaches. Many tourists are attracted to this fact, believing that Madagascar is some kind of pearl oyster paradise, where every week a new large pear orchard is discovered. This is not the case however; Madagascar’s pearls come from all over the country, rather than being produced by a single specific type of shellfish. Therefore, there are dozens of different types of shellfish, all of which grow on Madagascar’s coastline.
The cuisine of Madagascar is unique, and quite unlike the mass produced food of many other African countries. A typical lunch for a local Madagascar holiday visitor to include some local fruit such as apples, dates, pears and mango. Meats, salads, vegetables and fruit are also eaten regularly, as are desserts. The traditional Malay meals of curried okra, steamed rice and salads are all popular, although many tourists are tempted to try some Indian or Chinese food, both of which are fine dining experiences. However, when it comes to eating out in Madagascar, avoid any restaurant that advertises ‘Indian or Chinese’ because most likely it will be a serving of spaghetti in a strange sauce with a side of French fries!
One of the most popular international activities in Madagascar is scuba diving. Many holiday makers choose to spend their holidays lying on the beaches of Madagascar, and spend up to three weeks exploring the underwater world of Madagascar. There are many dive centres on Madagascar’s east coast, where groups can hire dive jackets, goggles and life belts. There are also specialist training dives available, where trained divers lead groups of holidaymakers through a simulated dive process in an area simulated to look like an underwater ecosystem.
It is impossible to go anywhere in Madagascar without seeing a volcano. The Ruaha Volcano is Madagascar’s most famous and active tourist attraction and is visited by thousands of holidaymakers every year. The great thing about Madagascar is that the volcanoes are relatively peaceful, so visitors can go on mini-tours of the different volcanic areas and experience the landscape in its most natural state. There are also many other attractions to keep your mind active and occupied on your Madagascar holiday.
Madagascar has beautiful beaches, a rich flora and fauna, great food and wine, and a vibrant nightlife. It is a wonderful place for families to go on holiday, and there is something for everyone. Why not start planning your next holiday now? You won’t regret it!