Madagascar Is a World Class Global Travel Destination

Having spent two years traveling through Sub Saharan Africa I was astounded by the wonderful assortment of natural phenomenon that exists there. My favorite country to visit was Madagascar. This is because Madagascar combined exotic diversity with adventurous destinations.

We traveled to many locations including Antananarivo, Anakao, Tulear, Ifaty, Isalo National Park, Tsimanampetsotsa Nature Reserve  and Ft. Dauphin. These destinations provide an overview of the cultural history and also access to the world class natural ecosystem that exists here.

Exotic species that we encountered include the ring tailed lemurs, brown lemurs, chameleon, miniature nocturnal lemurs and radiated tortoise.  Additionally, phenomenal trees exist here which are world renown. The tree species that I am referring to are the Baobab, Octopus tree, and Banyan plus many more!

Unfortunately, Madagascar is a former French colony and therefore sometimes we were to encounter an unexpected surprise. Although this encounter was not rough traveling or a bad experience with the native inhabitants or even the wildlife! The type of encounter I am referring to is with some of the French expatriates that hole up in what otherwise would be a very nice travel destination. That is correct, unfortunately they even figure out how to open businesses on occasion. The case in point would be the Longo Vezo Hotel in Anakao. The owners here were very unscrupulous and neglected to clean the rooms. Insect infestations were common and the owners would regularly consume excessive amounts of wine at dinner. Additionally, there was mandatory communal dining which enabled them to have a captive audience to play to. It just goes to show that it is important to read as much information about the establishment as possible before booking!

However, we had very pleasant experiences at other locations such as the Isalo Rock Lodge, Peter Pan Hotel and the Lokanga Boutique hotel in Antananarivo. Highlights include the hilltop views in the capital, surfing in Anakao and Ft Dauphin. Plus the fishing in Anakao and Ifaty was excellent! Additionally, don’t forget to check out the Spiny Forest in Ifaty because it is a worthwhile experience!