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Madagascar

Treasure Island in the Indian Ocean

Visit Madagascar, the world's fourth largest island, with its rich diversity of people and cultures, its various Sunset in Mananjarylandscapes and unique nature!

Around 80% of the animals and plants existing on this huge island are endemic. Thus, most of its beautiful vegetation and colourful wild life can only be found here, especially the lemurs!

Madagascar, with its 587.000 sq.km, has various climate zones and landscapes, ranging from the sharply sloping side on the very fertile east coast, with heavy rainfall and fabulous rain-forests, to the gradual slope towards the west coast with rather few rainfall, dry forests and savannas, or from the mountainous north with its rich vegetation to the desertic south with its thorny plants and, finally, the "hauts plateaux" in the middle with its green terraced rice fields and friendly temperatures.

 

Central highlands


The population, language and culture are a mixture in which Indonesian and African elements predominate with some Indian and Arab influences.

There are two versions of the subsequent journey to Madagascar and settlement of the island.Ravinala

The first, which stresses the underlying unity of the population, argues that the proto-Malagasy migrated to the island over a long period of time, following a coastal route along India, across the southern tip of the Arabian peninsula and down the east coast of Africa, settling for varying periods along the way.

The second theory stresses the diversity of the island's population and argues that those common elements that do exist were developed on the island from the interaction of different groups arriving at different times.

The Malayo-Polynesians arrived first and made their way to the plateaux, conquering and absorbing the few indigenous groups they encountered. Later immigration and the slaves

trade brought the Africans, while the much less important traces of Indian and Arab influences are also the result of separate migrations.

More recently, scientists have given more weight to the first version of settlement.

All these very unusual mixtures are worth a visit even though tourism is still not very developped!

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Due to its various climate zones, you can visit Madagascar nearly at any time of the year (only the period between January and March may be uncertain due to the cyclones) and enjoy the wonderful beaches and explore the unique nature.

Temperatures are mostly warm till hot. Only in the plateaux-region, it may get quite chilly after sunset (June to August). You should note, that the more you move to the south-west part of the island, the dryer it gets. We have prepared many different fascinating tours for you!