About: Madagascar, a huge island nation off the southeast coast of Africa, is home to thousands of animal species – like lemurs – found nowhere else, plus rainforests, beaches and reefs. Near the busy capital, Antananarivo, is Ambohimanga, a hillside complex of royal palaces and burial grounds, as well as the “Avenue of the Baobabs,” a dirt road lined by massive centuries-old trees.
Population: 22.92 million (2013) World Bank
Currency: Malagasy ariary
Official languages: Malagasy, French
Tourism: Find or list accommodation, adventure, attraction, and safari operators on the Africa Adventure Travel GeoDirectory.
Madagascar Tourism Board and Travel Trade Association Website Links:
- Madagascar National Tourism Board: www.madagascar-tourisme.com
- Madagascar Consulate (Cape Town – SA): www.madagascarconsulate.org.za