MADAGASCAR


Madagascar, especially known for its unusual landscapes and the famous lemur, its emblematic animal, is an extraordinary giant island, also called “Red Island” because of the laterite colour that colours its plateaus. Also nicknamed the “Big island”, it is the fourth largest island in the world (592 040 km2) after Greenland, New Guinea and Borneo. Unquestionably the largest of them, the island is close to other small “pearls of the Indian Ocean” equally famous: the Seychelles, the Comoros archipelago, Reunion Island and Mauritius.
Due to its relief and climate, Madagascar has a true mosaic of landscapes as well as an exceptional biodiversity in its fauna and flora, characterized by a high rate of endemism. 98% of the species living on the island do not exist anywhere else! The remarkable fauna and flora is matched by epic landscapes of an incredible diversity: you can go from rainforest to desert in just 300km. Few places on Earth offer such an intense kaleidoscope of nature. There are sandstone canyons, limestone karsts, mountains, fertile hills cascading with terraced rice paddies, forests of every kind – rain, dry, spiny – and a laterite rich soil that gave the country its nickname of ‘Red Island’. With 5000km of coastline, the sea is never very far, turquoise and idyllic in places. Madagascar has been populated by successive waves of migrants from all over the Indian Ocean. It is unlike anywhere else in Africa or Asia. There are fantastic sites to discover this unique history, but also many opportunities to meet the local people and immerse yourself in their world: in village stays, long distance trails, festivals. If Madagascar is known all over the world for its biodiversity, the great wealth of the island is also and above all expressed through its popular traditions. Through its diversity and its qualities of sharing and welcome, there is a real Malagasy wisdom to be discovered, where traditions and customs are still very present among the 18 distinct ethnic groups. Apart from the few big cities, traditional values remain very alive, and the “fady” taboos and prohibitions are very present.

Why travel to Madagascar?

Madagascar is an impressive island and accessible to all. It’s great natural and cultural diversity allows anyone to discover many endemic species in protected areas and to enjoy numerous nautical activities.
Apart from the fact that the Big Island would resemble the shape of the left foot, it reflects a particular authenticity through its local craftsmanship and traditions. Knowing that in Madagascar culture varies from one region to another, spending time with the locals allows for a unique warm experience and to share their habits and customs. In Madagascar, the best time to fully explore the country is between April and the month of November. This is a time when the climate is favorable to go anywhere in the country, as it is the dry season. Visitors have more freedom to do several activities throughout the day. The rainy season begins towards the end of November and ends in March. During this time, many sites remain accessible. Visits and activities can therefore be scheduled especially in the morning.

Commitment to sustainable tourism

The fact of already participating in the trip is already important because it allows to support the development of the activities of the structure and to make it sustainable. Often when travelling in solidarity, we want to help and to share. In sustainable tourism, we value deep connections and good experiences that nurture positive emotions. If we place value on material possessions, this could generate a culture of needing assistance or begging and we do not wish to encourage this.
Our goal is to empower the local population as much as possible through our contribution through the responsible travel we organise.

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