Destination Overview MADAGASCAR…
Madagascar, fourth largest island in the world, the island-continent is home to one of the most valuable mega biodiversity in the world. A large variety of landscapes between Equator and Tropic of Capricorn with Highlands at an altitude of 1500 m, the thorny desert of the Deep South, the rainforests on the East as well as 5000 km of coastline with dream beaches, cruising, sailing, and diving options. But it is the people with their radiant smiles that will remain in your memories and in your hearts. Still very little frequented, almost confidential, travelling in Madagascar remains a privilege.
Where do Malagasy people come from? When did Madagascar become populated? Some mysteries remain, but there are some certainties. It is from Asia, Indonesia, Polynesia that the first inhabitants of the island left. It was between the 10th and 13th centuries. A great crossbreeding followed with Arab and African contributions. The myth of the Vazimba, the original inhabitants of Madagascar, is still very much alive. Kings and queens succeeded one another for 4 centuries, the most famous one: Andrianampoinimerina who made the unity of Madagascar by decreeing that the sea is the limit of his rice field. As a French colony from 1900 to 1960, the country kept their language, part of its culture and strong economic relations. Today Madagascar is a republic of 25 million inhabitants led by a president elected every 5 years.
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