The Best Spots to Visit While You’re in Madagascar
You probably have had your suitcase on standby for quite some time now. The winter, spring, summer, and autumn trips that you have planned since the beginning of last year were either canceled or postponed. The pandemic already has taken its toll and people are way past the panic and ignorant stages about COVID-19.
Many states have already opened their borders and are allowing leisure flights to revive their tourism industry, and Madagascar is already one of these countries. Since the dry season is almost here, you may want to start packing your stuff and go on an adventure of a lifetime on magical Madagascar! Just make sure that you are following the imposed COVID-19 health protocols of the land.
All you need, according to the U.S. Embassy in Madagascar & Comoros, is to have yourself tested days before your flight. Positive test results will prohibit you to enter the country. Madagascar already opened their borders for travelers; but, only Nosy Be accepts international flights. The country doesn’t allow tourists from areas with high COVID-19 cases. Moreover, there are no more curfews. The only remaining protocols to follow are the wearing of facemasks and organizing a gathering of over 200 individuals is forbidden.
So, start preparing for the best adventure that you are yet to experience. Also, we have prepared a list of the best spots to visit while you are in Madagascar, please see details below.
Nosy Be is considered as the heart of tourism in Madagascar. It is the country’s biggest island with the most occupied tourist resort. There are a lot of magnificent spots to visit in the area including the Lokobe Nature Special Reserve, Nosy Fanihy, Ambaro Ranch, Diving Cattitude, Love Bubble Social Diving, Andilana Beach Resort, VOI Amarina Resort, and more. You can complete your adventure by eating into the best restaurants in the area, like Chez Nono-La Rhum Riz, The Pily Pily Restaurant, Karibo, Chez Loulou, etc.
Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve
This is a protected land that is found near the west coast of the country. It was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 1990 because of its one-of-a-kind geography, conserved mangrove forests, and a great population of wild lemurs and birds. You are allowed to visit the site by taking the road from Morondava. The Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve is known for its needle-formed limestones found above cliffs at the top of the Manambolo River. The limestone formation is sharp and can definitely cut tools and flesh in a blink of an eye; so, you should be careful.
Andasibe-Mantadia National Park
It is a rainforest that houses a wide variety of species including a lot of native rare species, such as 10+ species of lemurs. The park has two main parts, which are the Mantadia National Park and the Analamazoatra Reserve. In 2007, it was one of the nominees of the World Heritage Site of Rainforests of the Atsinanana. When you reach the capital of Madagascar, a 3-hour travel time is all you need to reach the park. Just head on the east by taking Route Nationale 2 (RN 2) and you’re good to go.
Formerly Île Sainte-Marie is a popular island of the country located off its east coast. One of the main attractions in this spot is whale watching. You can spend an hour or two watching a bunch of humpback whales that came from the Antarctic to breed on the beautiful waters of the island. Another interesting place in Nosy Boraha is the cemetery of the infamous pirates, such as Adam Baldridge, John Pro, William Kidd, Robert Culliford, Henry Every, and more. That said, it just made Nosy Boraha a place full of beauty and history.
Ranomafana National Park
Ranomafana is home to multiple rare species of plants and animals. Among the rare organisms that inhabit the area are the greater bamboo lemur, black and white ruffled lemur, ground rollers, brown mesites, and more. You are required to get the help of the local guide in touring the park. The trip would be composed of viewing the diverse species of animals, traveling through Talatakely forest, and more. If you want to go kayaking, you must have an agreement and get permission from the park office.