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What Places To Visit On Your Holidays In Madagascar

May 17, 2008
Madagascar is a popular tourist destination with holiday makers looking for a peaceful relaxing holiday. Many holiday makers stay in self catering holiday accommodation in Madagascar. There are some great holiday villas with swimming pools and self catering holiday apartments available to rent as holiday home accommodation in Madagascar.

Madagascar is a beautiful and scenic island with clean beaches, palm trees, grassy and green plateaus, volcanoes, forests and natural reserve. Madagascar is abundant with rich wildlife and a large number of unique species that are found only on this amazing island. The island is a mix of vibrant colours of flowers and flora.

It is rich in biodiversity and is the fourth-largest island in the world. It includes many smaller islands, a chain of high mountains, lowlands, thick rainforests, dry deciduous forests, savannah and a region of semi desert.

The Island of Nosy Be is a major tourist attraction of Madagascar. It is hailed as the fragrant island of Malagasy. The island is exposed to winds but enjoys a pleasant climate during all seasons apart from the summer months. The island has eleven volcanic lakes and gigantic water reserves. The island also has dense vegetation and forests.

It is home to innumerable crocodiles too. The popular tourist attractions in Nosy Be are the forest, Jungle Village and the town of Hell Ville. The delectable cuisine of the area also makes it a very popular tourist destination.

The major port of Madagascar is Toamasina. It was established in the eighteenth century and was named Tamatave before its present name. The presence of coral reef, in the region makes it a tourists delight. The presence of sharks compels people to stay away from the waters but many tourists visit just to catch a glimpse of a shark.

Toamasina has an assortment of lovely golden beaches and the town is situated on a sandy peninsula. The Bazary Be market is a popular attraction of the region. Ivoloina Gardens is an exotic animal and plant reserve in Toamasina. About 14,000 visitors visit this reserve every year. Here you can rent a holiday villa or choose to stay in a self catering holiday apartment in this part of Madagascar.

Toliara is a sea-side town in Madagascar and is famous for the water activities that are offered in the place. Many tourists come to this part of Madagascar especially for the water sports. The shell market and the local museum are famous attractions of the region. The Tulear Reef or coral ref also attracts a lot of tourists to this area.

The beautiful village of Ifaty is situated in the region with many holiday makers visiting it during their stay. Scuba diving in the region attracts many tourists from across the world. Many tourists rent a holiday villa with swimming pool near to the beach.

Ranomafana is yet another famous tourist attraction of Madagascar. Ranomafana National Park conserves the biodiversity of the Ranomafana ecosystem. The pleasant climate, gushing cascades, picturesque park, meandering river and diverse species of flora and fauna, on 43,500 hectares of land, makes it a very popular tourist destination in Madagascar. Bird watchers come here in great numbers since the park offers a chance to view many bird species.

The city of Mahajanga is another famous tourist attraction in Madagascar. It is located on the north western coast of the country and is blessed with splendid beaches. Oriental influence is apparent in the region and it houses many colonial buildings. The Port of Mahajanga is a favourite place with the locals and tourists alike. Some tourists rent self catering holiday apartments and explore this vibrant city to the full.

For scuba diving, shopping, bird watching, and just unwinding amidst natural setting, Madagascar is a great place to go holiday. The natural beauty of the region and the biodiversity it offers makes it a great tourist destination. The islands unique and exclusive flora and fauna is yet another reason for experiencing the rich island and witnessing rare natural splendour.

In recent years the number of holiday home accommodation has increased in numbers in Madagascar. It is now possible rent a holiday villa or self catering holiday apartment in Madagascar direct from their holiday home owners.
About the Author
Andrew Gibson is MD of Direct Holiday Bookings. It has holiday villas, ski chalets and self catering holiday apartments to rent on line as a holiday home rental. To see an example of holiday villas in Madagascar have a look at Holiday Villas In Madagascar
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