A Week in . . . Madagascar



The Madagascar climate is hot and sub-tropical, it is colder in the mountains, while the south and west regions are particularly dry.  The island is ringed by white sand beaches and palm trees, and has a diverse inland with plateaus, volcanoes, forests and natural reserves

History: The island was first known to Europeans after being sighted in the 1500’s by a Portuguese ship. But later the they were thrown out by the French around the late 1500’s. Then around the late 1700’s natives took control and then appointed a king. Then in 1895 the monarchy was ended and later in world war 2 the British occupied it. Finally in 1960 they became independent.
Demographics: Madagascar is way on the poorer side. The average income is $463 (according to 2013 data) which is over a population of 17,501,871. That is $17,537 less than the world average income. Also everyone over 15 can read which is equal to about 68% of the populationLocation: Madagascar is located across the Indian Ocean 250 miles of the eastern coast of Africa across the mozambique channel. Over 1000 miles long and 350 miles wide, and is known as the fourth largest island in the world. Containing beautiful wildlife, amazing national parks, and many fun activities.

Economy:The economy of madagascar is a market economy and is supported by madagascar’s well-established agricultural industry and emerging tourism, textile and mining industry. In their agricultural industry they ship out tropical staple crop such as rice and cassava, as well as cash crops such as vanilla and coffee. In their mining industry they have as sizable amount of natural resources.

Religion/ Languages: They have many religions in their country but the most well known and popular religions are Christianity 41%, Muslim 7% and indigenous beliefs 52%. The same goes with languages there are many but the most popular are English, French, and their native language Malagasy.

Quality of life: Life their is tough but manageable. If your are a citizen there you only get paid about $500 for the whole year. That’s not enough to pay for a whole family to have food water and shelter. But with the nice weather and the warm climate it isn’t unbearable. If you are a tourist though living in a 5 star hotel life is great, the scenery is beautiful, have amazing food and great places to visit.
Itinerary: Day 1 Tuesday: Take an amazing drive to the Avenue of the Baobabs. Where you observe trees up to 800 years old and reach heights of 98 ft. Even their diameter is an amazing 36 feet. And if you want to get a closer look and even get to feel them take the tour.

Day 2 Wednesday: Ranomafana National park is a place of stunning beauty and immense natural diversity. Here you’ll be able to see creatures that you might have never even heard of let alone seen them

Day 3 Thursday: Go to one of nature’s greatest statues, the Tsingy de Bemaraha. These alien looking rocks were formed 1000s of years ago and was discovered in 1990. They are astonishing 180 meters high, and you can even take a tour to climb. But be warned, many have lost their lives.

Day 4 Friday: Go see the one of the oldest and coolest places in madagascar, the Rova of Antananarivo. This royal palace complex served as the home of the sovereigns of the Kingdom of Imerina, as well as of the rulers of the Kingdom of Madagascar in the 19th century.

Day 5 Saturday: Here in this place it is like mother nature’s natural zoo where you will see animals not even the San Diego Zoo has. A wide rang from mammals to reptiles. The Amber Mountian national park

Day 6 Sunday: Want to take it down a notch, go to Isalo National Park to take a relaxing dip in their all natural jacuzzi and a nice swim in their all natural swimming pool.

Day 7 Monday: Cape Sainte Marie is the southernmost point of Madagascar. The park is known for the presence of bird elephant bones and egg fragments, migrating humpback whales ( which pass from August to November), and it’s rare tortoises. So relax and take in the sights.


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