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An island nation with a history of migration and colonial rule, Madagascar is also one of the most biodiverse countries on Earth and the majority of the plants that grow here can’t be found anywhere else in the world. Swim in sparkling blue coastal waters, embark on rainforest treks and hike through vast plains in this picturesque, wildlife-rich island.
Colonized at various times by both the French and the English, Madagascar has been an independent nation since 1960. Although locals mainly speak Malagasy, listen and you may also hear French and English, both popular second languages, being spoken.
Antananarivo, the capital city, is also known as “Tana” and is a fascinating place to learn about Madagascar’s history. Visit the palace complex, the Rova of Antananarivo. The palace sits on the city’s highest hill and encompasses a cemetery where past monarchs are buried. Time your visit to coincide with one of the traditional festivals that take place here, such as the Santabary Festival, a celebration of the first rice harvest, which usually takes place in April or May.
Madagascar offers plenty of thrills for adventure seekers. Go whale watching in the open waters of the Indian Ocean, hiking up Mount Tsiafajavona and paragliding in Isalo National Park. Look for lemurs, which are endemic to the island, at the dedicated Lemurs’ Park just outside Antananarivo. Other popular outdoor activities include guided tours to Sakaleona, Madagascar’s tallest waterfall.
Multiple airlines operate flights to Madagascar from Europe, Asia and Africa. Domestic flights are also readily available and are one of the easiest ways to get around the country. On land, join locals in using taxi brousse, also known as bush taxi. These minibuses carry passengers between towns and villages. Dress modestly in respect for the Malagasy culture and drink bottled water to avoid an upset stomach.
For a unique experience, participate in one of Madagascar’s sustainable tourism programs. These provide opportunities for outsiders to spend time in villages eating, working and learning trades, such as basket weaving, alongside the local residents.
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I have been staying several times at this property and I really appreciate that the good level of service not only remains constant but some of the suggestions are taken into consideration and applied. On Friday, there was a happy hour on the fourth floor with a menu of chicken kebab, French fries ...
I thought the hotel was good. Ofcourse IBIS standards... Something went missing from my room and noone took responsibility. It was something with not a lot of monetary value, but still, things can't go missing. Restaurant was good serving some Indian food. What suprised me was they had a bar but ...
Hotel needs updating. Pool has no shade. The grounds are nice though. Food was mid-grade cafeteria food and there is no village nearby. We realized that Ambatoloaka would have been better. Not a place we would stay again. The Bravo Club people were very annoying. The local employees working there ...
I very much enjoyed my stay at Le Louvre. The food was good, the bedroom was clean and mostly comfortable. The staff were very pleasant and professional. Two things I did not care for: the loft in the room was a nice idea, it had the desk but also the coffee maker. so to make coffee you have to bring ...
Very attentive service from the owner and a beautiful location. It is a rustic and memorable location.
The room was spacious, the staff were attentive and food was delicious. It was a great place to unwind in the hot afternoon between the morning and evening wildlife visits.
Great stay, our favorite hotel in Madagascar! Good food, attentive staff, great value for money.