Of the many amazing places around the world, Madagascar is one place you must visit. These are not in the top 10 most visited countries in Africa but Madagascar is close on the list. The country has been quite popular with tourists thanks to the hit cartoon of the same name and mostly displaying African animals. But, if only people could be more open to destinations in Africa, this country is worth a visit. The national park is well-maintained and almost all of Madagascar’s tourist attractions are natural and beautiful. Give it a go and you will not regret your decision.
11 Amazing Destination Spots in Madagascar
- Avenue of the Baobab
Baobab is a generous tree found in Madagascar, Oman, Yemen and Malaysia. Not all countries in the world have this unique tree and because giant baobabs are commonly found in Menabe, people come here and visit these attractions. The government is exhausting all efforts to make the Avenue of the Baobabs the country’s first natural monument and the Ministry of Environment, Water and Forests has since 2007 done all kinds of work to achieve that status. Let’s wait and see.
Ambohimanga is a tourist destination and one of the places to visit in Madagascar. That place is a noble hill which is also known as “rova” or royal fortress structure. The location is 24 kilometers from the city center, the capital of Madagascar which is Antananarivo. Ambohimanga Royal Hill is a very important cultural symbol for Merina people in the Kingdom of Merina and UNESCO has designated it as a World Heritage Site – Royal Hill of Ambohimanga.
- Zahamena National Park
The country has many national parks and one that stands out among the others is Zahamena National Park. This park was launched in 1997 with a total area of 423 square kilometers. The closest city center to Zahamena is the city of Antanandava. UNESCO took an interest in this park in 2007 and recognized the national park as a World Heritage Site. It has the criteria ix and x which are the highest criteria when it comes to natural places.
- Botanical Gardens in Tsimbazaza Zoology
The Tsimbazaza Botanical Garden and Zoology, also called the Tsimbazaza Zoo, are botanical gardens that also function as zoological centers, Located in the city of Tsimbazaza in Madagascar Antananarivo. They launched a botanical garden and zoology in 1990 and people just love visiting the place. It has unique plants and animals such as the skeletons of ancient elephant birds and the remains of pygmy hippos. The plants contained in this garden have reached 80,000 which are the largest so far in all of Madagascar.
- Marojejy National Park
Marojejy National Park is a national park and other tourist destinations in the country. It has a total area of 55,500 hectares or 214 square miles while resting in the mountains, Marojejy Massif. Back in the fifties, the attraction was the strict nature reserve and only scientists could enter. Since the nineties, they opened the place and established it as a national park. UNESCO belongs to the Marojejy National Park as a World Heritage Site under the inscription of the Rain Forest in Atsinanana.
- Nuhy Mangabe Reserve
Madagascar has small islands throughout the country and one of the islands frequented by tourists is Nosy Mangabe. The Nanggroe Mangabe Reserve is about two kilometers from the nearest town, Maroantsetra and is located within the boundaries of Antongil Bay. This is one of the places to visit in Madagascar. This small island with an area of 5.2 square kilometers is part of the Masoala National Park. It was re-launched in 1965 and IUCN categorizes it as IV (habitat and species management area).
- Andohahela National Park
Andohahela National Park is a Category II IUCN national park and was launched in 1998. The Madagascar National Park Association handles the affairs of the Andohahela National Park and all of them, covering an area of 760 square kilometers. The closest city to the park is Fort Dauphin and is one of the last moist rainforests in the country. Like the Marojejy National Park, it is also part of the UNESCO rainforest at the Atsinanana Inscription.
- Amber Mountain National Park
If you are in the Diana Region of Madagascar, you must go to the Amber Mountain National Park. The IUCN Category II national park extends 182 square kilometers and was opened as a national park in 1958. There is a waterfall and Crater Lake inside the national park. Also, the diversity of plants and animals live in and thrive in parks. This park has orchids, ferns and various types of trees. As for animal dwellers, Amber Mountain coral deer and Amber Mountain leaf chameleon live there, and many others.
- Parc Ivoloina
Parc Ivoloina is a zoological park in Madagascar located near the City of Toamasina. You can visit the place with or without a tour guide; that is up to you. But, management does recommend that it is better to have a guide because they can explain the history of the park and everything in it in a very pleasant way. Day tours and night tours are open all day of the year without breaks and they offer sleeping accommodation if you want to explore the park at night. This is one of the places to visit in Madagascar.
- Lemurs’ Park
Lemurs’ Park is a lemur shop and botanical garden that is rolled into one, Located a few minutes from Antananarivo or 22 kilometers to be exact. Laurent Amouric and Maxime Allorge launched the park back in 2000 with at least nine species of lemurs moving freely in this place. They also care for reptiles in the park such as chameleons, turtles and iguanas. From Antananarivo, there is a shuttle bus that goes to the park and tourists can book the trip.
- Ranomafana National Park
The most famous tourist attraction and national park in Madagascar is Ranomafana National Park. The place, which has 161 square miles of rainforest, is a World Heritage site, according to UNESCO and is part of the inscription, Rain Forest in Atsinanana. Rare animals live in the park such as golden bamboo lemurs, white and black lemurs, blue vangas and brown gunpowder. Do you like frogs? Well, there’s a difference between frogs here and you can sleep in one of the rooms provided by management for tourists who want to stay overnight. Thus 11 amazing places in Madagascar that might be a reference place for your vacation with family.