Madagascar in figures

Madagascar, the 5th largest island in the world, is a popular tourist destination. According to the country’s Ministry of Tourism, it welcomed nearly 244,321 visitors in 2015. A 20% increase in the number of arrivals was noted in 2016 according to the National Tourist Office in Madagascar. The majority of tourists who visited Madagascar were satisfied. An ONTM survey of 1500 tourists in August 2012 at Ivato and Nosy Be airports gave a satisfaction rating of 9/10. Why Madagascar is so successful with its visitors?

Madagascar, the country of diversity
Located in southern Africa, the Indian Ocean and east of Mozambique, Madagascar is known as the country of diversity. With an area of 592,000 km2, it has 24.24 million inhabitants spread over six (6) main provinces: Antananarivo, the capital in the centre, Fianarantsoa, still in the centre, Majunga in the west, Tamatave in the east, Diego Suarez in the north and Tulear in the south. Each province has its own cultures, its own types of cuisine, its own tribes, its own natural and tourist resources. It is mainly the latter that are of particular interest to tourists in Madagascar. But what is the natural and tourist wealth of this island that 78% of the visitors interviewed during the ONTM survey want to come back to it?

Madagascar’s biodiversity
The island in the shape of a left foot has endemic flora and fauna in the order of 90% and 80% respectively. Did you know that Madagascar contains 5% of the world’s biodiversity? You should also know that among the eight (8) baobab species recorded in the world, six (6) are found on Malagasy lands. In terms of fauna, 100% of the country’s lemur species are endemic. When you visit Madagascar, plan to visit some of the country’s 15 national parks spread throughout the island. 2/3 of tourists visit the national parks and enjoy hiking and seaside activities (5000 km of coastline). You won’t be bored in Madagascar with the many tourist sites and activities it offers.

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