Basic information
   Official national languageFrench, Malagasy
   Area587,041 kmĀ²
   Population26,873,042 (2019)
   CurrencyAriary (MGA)
   Web | Code | | MDG | +261

Madagascar has pinned its hopes on the increase in tourism. The target number is at least 700,000 visitors per year. In high season there is a threat of a shortage of hotel rooms and in many smaller towns there are no facilities at all. Furthermore, transport by bus, train and taxi is unreliable and sometimes very dangerous.

On the positive side, some French hotel chains are currently investing in luxury accommodations on the coast. The main city is Antananarivo.

In Madagascar, you will find beaches that are interesting for tourists and others that have not even been explored yet. There is something for everyone, whether you are looking for luxury or something more authentic. The most popular beaches are in Diego, Anakao, the areas around Morondava, and the islands of Nosy Be, Sainte Marie, & Nosy Ve.

The unique Baobab trees can be found all over the country. Just an hour's drive from Morondava, there is a unique set of trees along the way where you can take exceptional photos at sunset.

The main tourist attraction in Madagascar is the impressive stone forests. It is not easy to get there, it takes a whole day with a 4 × 4 over rough terrain. There are two parks, Big Tsingy (large park) and Small Tsingy (small park). You will have no regrets.


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Last updated September 2020
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