Madagascar is an exotic island, rich in incredible tourist attractions and fun. Madagascar attracts thousands of adventurous tourists from every corner of the world. The island is referred to to as a paradise on earth and it’s a place where you will be able to admire the most breathtaking landscapes on earth and see amazing wildlife in it’s natural habitat. Madagascar island located off the eastern coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean. The eastern, or windward side of the island is home to tropical rainforests, while the western and southern sides, which lie in the rain shadow of the central highlands, are home to tropical dry forests, thorn forests, and deserts and xeric shrublands
Here are top tourist attractions in Madagascar:
1. Nosy Be
Nosy Be has clear turquoise water. It is Madagascar’s largest and busiest tourist resort. Nosy Be means “big island” in the Malagasy language. Nosy Be offers marvelous beaches and coral reef in a protected national zone, natural lemur reserve, wonderful fishing, numerous nearby desert islands. Nosy Be is located about eight kilometers (5 miles) from the coast of Madagascar in the Mozambique Channel; several smaller islands are located nearby, including Nosy Komba, Nosy Mitsio, Nosy Sakatia, and Nosy Tanikely. The island’s main town is Andoany.
2. Tsingy de Bemaraha
Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve is a nature reserve located near the western coast of Madagascar in Melaky Region. The area was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990 because of the unique geography, preserved mangrove forests, and wild bird and lemur populations. the “Tsingy”, also called the Labyrinth of Stone. Tourists can access the national park by road from Morondava, a town 150 km south of the park. Limited access is also possible from the town of Antsalova, which can be reached by plane from Antananarivo or Mahajanga.
3. Royal Hill of Ambohimanga
Ambohimanga is located in the central highlands of Madagascar, approximately 24 kilometers east of the capital city of Antananarivo. Royal Hill of Ambohimanga characterized by burial sites, ancient city ruins and historically significant religious features that have existed for more than 500 years. Ambohimanga most famously served as the royal palace of the Merina clan, which hailed from the highlands around Antananarivo and ruled Madagascar during the 19th century when the French and British were both vying for control.
4. Ile Sainte Marie
Ile Sainte Marie, known as Nosy Boraha is an island off the east coast of Madagascar. Ile Sainte-Marie, or St. Mary’s Island as it is known in English, became a popular base for pirates throughout the 17th and 18th centuries due to several reasons: it was not far from the maritime routes along which ships returning from the East Indies sailed in transit, their holds overflowing with wealth, it was provided with bays and inlets protected from storms and finally, it had abundant fruit and was situated in quiet waters. Clear waters of the island’s bays make ideal spots for snorkeling. Its underwater fauna is preserved as a natural heritage and first-class diving site in the Indian ocean. The channel between Sainte-Marie island and Madagascar is a hot spot for whale watching. Substantial groups of humpback whales (Megaptera) migrate from the Antarctic to this idyllic breeding place.
5. Masoala National Park
The Masoala National Park is a part of UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Masoala National Park features a massive flooded forest, coastal forest, rainforest, mangrove and marsh. The island features exceptional flora and fauna and 10 species of lemur that include the Red Ruffed Lemur. The harbors at the Masoala is also home for several birds among them the rare species found here are Helmet Vanga, Tomato frog and Red Owl. Masoala National Park, in northeast Madagascar, is the largest of the island’s protected areas. Most of the park is situated in Sava Region and a part in Analanjirofo. This is an exceptionally wet area of Madagascar. The driest part of the year is from September to December. As the park is accessible only by a three-hour boat journey, the cyclone season (January to March) is best avoided.
Madagascar is worth visiting anytime of the year due to constant weather. May to October, the dry months, October to April can get hot, while November through March are the “wet” months, heavy rainfall descends on this island more this time than any time of the year.