The Republic of Madagascar is an island nation in the continent of Africa and is the fourth largest island in the world. The country, formerly a French colony includes several smaller islands and has a central chain of high mountains, the Hauts Plateaux, that occupies more than half of the island.
Madagascar Attractions and things to do:
This is a good market for buying traditional and unique merchandise made by the native people of Madagascar. Looking down on Analakely, you will see an ocean of hundreds of umbrellas of Zuma market, under which the vendors sell their products. Almost anything that you can think of can be found here. You will find this market with people filled with exotic scents, Zuma market is an assault on senses. It is widely claimed to be the largest market of the world, there is also flower section with vivid colors and amazing fragrances. There is a section for handicrafts including abundance of leather, woodcarvings, straw-hat as worn by the locals, batik and other fabrics and even semi-precious stones and beads. There are areas of Zuma market filled with fruits and vegetables, clothes, paintings, plants, tires and house wares. Zuma market is the perfect place for travelers who love to shop and collect unique items, is truly a shoppers paradise.
Apart from Zuma market, it is also worthwhile to visit the queens palace a Royal village, or Rova, which was formerly Merina Dynasty residence, the Tsimbazaza Zoological and Botanical. In the spectacular natural surroundings of this otherwise noisy and somewhat polluted city, exist fantastic wildlife viewing opportunities. Perinet, 140 km from the capital, is a nature reserve where you can see a multitude of framed indri, or tailless lemurs made popular by the famous cartoon, Madagascar.
Madagascar is a good place for travel and tourism for honeymoon couples who are nature and beach lovers. Madagascar has beautiful sandy beaches, and wonderful hotels for your tropical island holiday or honeymoon. There are several hotels and resorts by the beautiful beaches giving spectacular views of the ocean. Madagascar tourism will exceed your expectations from the place.
In the Indian Ocean off the southeastern coast of Africa.
Malagasy is the native language of Madagascar, however, French is spoken amongst the educated people. English is not very popular there.