Madagascar Facts and Info


All you need to know about Madagascar


The Republic of Madagascar encompasses the island of the same name, some 400km off the east coast of Africa. It separated from the mainland about 160 million years ago, and is the world's fourth largest island, offering a unique and inspiring wildlife experience. 

While Madagascar is home to some pretty incredible beaches ringed by coral reefs, swaying palms and silky white sands, it offers so much more than a seaside holiday. The island is famous for its diversity of fauna and flora, with over 200,000 species that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Among these are over 100 species of lemur, countless chameleons, insect-eating pitcher plants, octopus trees and bottle-shaped baobabs!

It is inhabited by the Malagasy people who come from Polynesia originally and bear greater resemblance in their culture and customs to Asia than Africa. There are many taboos and sacred rituals such as 'turning over the dead' in which people's remains are removed from their tombs, rewrapped and returned there after festivities in their honor to celebrate communion between the living and dead.

Time:

GMT/UTC + 3

Population:

16.9 million 

Seasons:

Wet (November to March), dry (May to October), hot (October to April)

Telephones:

Country code 261; international access code 00

ATMs:

In all major towns

Capital:

Antananarivo

Visas:

All visitors require visas - they cost USD84 and are valid for 3 months and multiple entries

Language:

French, Malagasy. English is not widely spoken

Area:

587, 401 sq km

Currency:

Ariary; see www.xe.com for exchange rates.

Health:

Madagascar is a malaria area and you should consult your doctor or travel clinic for advice on the right medication. No vaccinations are required, and the country is pretty safe to visit

Weather:

Madagascar can be visited all year round and it can be divided into two distinct seasons. The dry season runs during the winter (May to October) and there is tropical rainfall from December to April. The weather does vary according to each region. The coastal areas are warm and enjoy average temperatures from 21°-26°C while the inland plateau is cooler (average temperature 13°-20°C) and generally dryer. The eastern and northwestern coasts receive more rain during the winter from the southeasterly trade winds but the inland areas and western coast endure monsoon rainfall during the summer. The southern region is dry and barren with little rainfall, amounting to semidesert in some places.

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