A Trip To Madagascar Means Discovering More Than Just A Country
A question that can hurt more ways than one, “Am I making the right choice?”
I contemplated that question when I recently went on a holiday that is, my memorable holiday in Madagascar. Well, let’s set aside the most well-directed places and focus a little on what transpired during my travel, in other words, exploration.
Lemurs and fossas do exist here, but there is no hippo, no giraffe, not to mention a lion. Speaking of plants and animals, it is where Madagascar’s real treasures are. And it’s just a tiny bit of it. Truth to be told, this article will be quite long if we will enumerate all the treasures of Malagasy. You should visit Madagascar to see for yourself.
One of the hassles of travelling in Madagascar is the inconveniences of the roads. Expect to travel with chickens and other animals when you travel by minibus. I can very well see that you are waiting for me to tell you the secret on how to avoid this.
You might be expecting my advice on how to make a vacation to Madagascar a memorable one. I’m sorry to tell you that I’m a perfect trip is up to each and every traveller. I can only impart what I had learned in my travels to Madagascar in the hopes that you will gain some knowledge out of it.
It is important to note that the majority of flights to Madagascar land in Antananarivo, the country’s capital. A pretty common city for me, not much to see here but when you have time, try and explore it as well.
One thing to note though is that the streets become quite dangerous at night, well, like in any other city. Just be extra careful when travelling at night-time.
For me, I secured for myself a reliable local guide and of course my trusty backpack and an open mind for adventure.
My guide provided me these routes:
- Head south and cross the RN 7, a quite interesting national road with tales to tell about the “dahalos” or local bandits. Truth or myth, just avoid night trips through the route, that’s all I recommend. Landscapes are not that amazing but also a beauty in itself as you pass along the road. The Park of Isalo, is an absolute must to visit though.
- Head westwards to Majunga, also called the city of flowers. It is a famous seaside resort on the island. Drop by if beaches are your thing. This city though is quite amazing due to its weather: comfortably hot and with minimal humidity. For me, there is more to this city than meets the eye.
- The last one is to head east, which became my favorite. Well it kind of stuck with me and I was really amazed. The scenery on National II is breathtaking and indescribable, beyond words so to speak. Tamatave, a remarkable port, is where this route ends. As we continued north along the coast, I was astounded by how beautiful it is. I can simply say that this is my favorite part of the island. National V can be described as a track but not really a road. Oftentimes you have to cross rivers and or fjords in order to continue. All these are worth the hassle though as the locale is just simply MAGNIFICENT.
I hope this article will have made you want to take a holiday to Madagascar. This is one of my favorite destinations and I hope this will be the case for you as well.