When you hear a word ‘Madagascar” the first thing that comes to your mind is probably the famous animation movie and those cool lemurs. Yet this huge island is so much more than that!
Although it’s officially an island, its unique and unbelievably rich flora and fauna with a number of species that can’t be found anywhere else in the world makes some scientists refer to Madagascar as the “eighth continent”. This country is also one of the safest in Africa which makes it a perfect travel destination for seekers of exotic yet risk-free experience.
If you need more reasons to travel to Madagascar, here is a dozen of interesting facts about this island nation, its culture and tourism attractions.
#1 It’s the Fourth Largest Island in the World
Madagascar is the world’s fourth-largest island behind Greenland, New Guinea and Borneo
#2 Madagascar Has Animals Like Nowhere Else
More than 80% of all plants and animals on Madagascar are endemic to this island and can’t be found in any other corner of the world.
#3 Madagascar is the Leading Vanilla Producer
Madagascar is the world’s primary producer of one of the most popular spices – vanilla.
#5 There is a Stone Forest in Madagascar
There is a stone forest on Madagascar called Tsingy – an area with the razor-sharp limestone formations that over centuries were effected by wind, rains and tectonic activity and got shaped into tall thin columns.
#6 Madagascar Has No Poisonous Snakes
Madagascar island is home to a lot of different species of snakes, however none of them are poisonous.
#7 It’s Just as Beautiful as the Movie ‘Madagascar’
Despite the ever popular children’s Pixar movie, there are actually no lions, giraffes, hippos or zebras on the island. But don’t worry you’ll see other animals like nowhere else in the world.
#8 Madagascar is Known as the Red Island
Madagascar is known as the Red Island because of its soil that has a very distinctive red hue.
#4 There Are So Many Lemurs in Madagascar
Lemurs are sacred animals in Madagascar, deeply revered and worshiped by the Malagasy people.
#9 It’s the Most Inexpensive Holiday Destination
This country is one of the most inexpensive holiday destinations in the world due to the low prices for the majority of goods and services. Especially outside of the big cities.
#10 Famous Koba Snack Comes from Madagascar
One of Madagascar’s most popular and tasty snacks is Koba – a delicious mix of rice, peanuts and banana turned into a silky pâté.
With the recently announced cheap flights to Madagascar from several US airports, this paradise island should definitely be added to your holiday agenda this year!