A journey to the 4th biggest island in the world, Madagascar, is worth it when you get to see how spectacular it is. The Republic of Madagascar is an island that can be found on the Indian Ocean, east of Africa, and the country Mozambique. It is an African country with a dense and diverse community. The tropical along coast, temperate inland, and arid in the south are the asset of the country. You will be amazed to know that many native species can only be found in Madagascar, and an opportunity to step on their land is a blessing and an enjoyable trip. Madagascar is also known as the Malagasy Republic in case you'll be wondering if that might be another country again. If you are looking for some unique place where it isn't as famous as others but boasts terrific nature, wildlife, and cultures, then Madagascar is the answer.
1. The Adorable LemursMadagascar becomes the talk of the town because of the Lemurs around. You got to see Lemurs only once in your lifetime, and going to Madagascar is the first thing you would do if you wanted to see these cute creatures. They are best to be seen in their natural environment in a national park such as the famous Andasibe Mantadia National park. These endemic species are said to be on the verge of extinction due to deforestation and poaching. That is why the country and its people are dedicated to preserving lemurs' lives and monitor threats to let the lemur conservation succeed as they believe that both the environment and humans will surely benefit from it. Your journey will be utterly incredible once you meet these adorable Lemurs.
2. Breathtaking Tops of Mountains and Deep Water of the SeasOne of the many things that would surely let you admire the beauty of Madagascar is the magnificent breathtaking peaks. The reason for having such a labyrinth of sharp vertical rock formations is because of soil erosion. You will really feel that you are on top of the world because of these lining mountains that connect and take you closer to the sky when you climb. On the other hand, you would not just love the mountain tops but also the waters on the seas. Madagascar is famous for its stunning beaches, perfect for a getaway experience. Its calmness and serenity will be felt by your soul, and nothing is more comforting than breathing the sea air and letting yourself drawn by the beauty of the emerald sea. It is also perfect for viewing the romantic sunset.
3. The Delightful Taste of Madagascar FoodFulfilling your satisfaction with the natural landscapes of Madagascar and experiencing the daily lives of the locals will be best partnered when you also fulfill your stomach with their delightful foods. You cannot say you have been to Madagascar if you haven't tasted their proud and mouth-watering romazava. Romazava is a stew with meat and leafy greens, that is considered to be the national dish of the country. It is served with the local steamed rice together with sakay, a spicy condiment made of chilies, garlic, and ginger. This food will surely stimulate you every day so that you'll continue your journey throughout the day, admiring and praising the beauty of Madagascar with the beautiful souls of people living on it.
4. The Amazing Fact About Houses Facing WestMadagascar, being one of the African countries, follows its intact culture sentiments other than anything else. They give great importance to their traditions, and that's because of the presence of heterogeneous society, which includes several ethnicities. One of the many things that you might not notice when you go to Madagascar is their houses. With their respect for their rules and rituals, when they build their homes, it must be facing the west as they believe that the best sunshine is in the afternoon as the sun starts to set. In their traditional building process, the east facade is closed off with no windows or doors. While the entrance is facing the west, the window must be on the north.
5. The Traditional Dance Called SalegyBesides the cute lemurs, beautiful people, and breathtaking nature, you will surely admire the proud traditional dance in Madagascar, called the Salegy. It is found in the north of the country representing several ethnicities, such as the Betsimisaraka, Antahkarana, Tsimihety, and Betsimisaraka. This dance is as easy as it seems. However, there are specific movements and proper costumes when performing. For instance, a woman who dances Salegy must wear a wrapper as uniform ritually without shoes. The way to perform Salegy traditionally is by making a circle where there is a representative dancer that goes in the middle to dance and the others stand, and clap their hands and sing together.
6. The Wonderful Lamba of the WomenThe beautiful traditional garment of the men and women in Madagascar is called "Lamba. As you take close to its emblematic design, it highly reflects the Malagasy culture. Women wear it two-piece before, one around their waist/chest and one around the head/shoulder. Seeing these personally would be a lovely experience.