A- Madagascar: a unique eco-tourism destination in the world
Located in the Indian Ocean, 400 km off the eastern coast of Africa, Madagascar is an island, one and half as big as Japan, that is home to unique species of fauna and flora. 90% of these species are endemic to Madagascar. Species of lemurs, birds, insects, reptiles, amphibians, and turtles can be found there in huge variety.
Madagascar is also a cultural melting pot taking its origin in Austronesian, Arab, Bantu, and European civilizations. Its historical monuments, tradition & ceremonies, handicrafts are all witness to this diversity.
Madagascar and its rich cultural and bio-diversity can be discovered in different ways. Adventure seekers can enjoy a wide range of tourism activities such as hiking, mountain climbing, canyon visiting, speleological activities, and cruising down the rivers. In addition, the island offers other activities related to the sea and beaches as well, such as whale watching, diving, sailing, sportive fishing or just vacationing in white sand beaches resorts.
1. NATURE AND ECOTOURISM
Madagascar has a unique fauna and flora different from the African Continent by its high rate of endemism: 80% of animal species and 90% of plant species are endemic due to the isolation of the island. The best way to discover the rich biodiversity of the country is to visit the national parks and reserves. There are also few private parks.
2. PEOPLE AND CULTURE
Being a bridge between Asia and Africa, Madagascar has a culture that relates to both continents. The Malagasy people are peaceful and well known for their legendary hospitality. One common language, Malagasy, is spoken in the country with regional dialect variants. People in Madagascar share the following behavior and customs: consumption of rice and zebu, the male circumcision and the respect paid to ancestors.