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Your Guide to Madagascar

At first impression, the name “MadaCamp” may come across as having something to do with camping in Madagascar. However, this is far from the only topic covered here. Instead, MadaCamp is a methaphor for everything about Madagascar presented within one campsite, so to speak. Anything about Madagascar can be published here as well as edited by anyone.

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  About Madagascar

Madagascar is located in the Indian Ocean off the eastern coast of Africa. It is the world's fourth largest island, covering a total area of 587,041 square kilometres.

The country is divided into six provinces, each named after its capital: Antananarivo, Antsiranana, Fianarantsoa, Mahajanga, Toliara, and Toamasina also known as Tamatave.

The continent separated from Africa 165 million years ago, and since then its flora and fauna have evolved according to its own fantasy, like nowhere else in the world: Lemurs are known worldwide, but the red island (on account of its vividly coloured soil) is home to several endemic species of chameleons, fossas, frogs, birds, snakes, jumping rats, baobabs, carnivorous plants, orchids and many more strange "living beings"! With the lemurs, 80% of its flora, 40% of its birds, 98% of its reptiles being endemic, Madagascar is a naturalist's promised land! The same is true for the Malagasy people, about 20 million: a unique blend of African and Asian, whose culture resembles no other worldwide. The population is divided in 18 ethnic groups. The nomad Vezo fisherman swears only by the sea, the zebu is everything to the Bara of the desertic south, while land is the gretatest wealth for the Betsileo of the malagasy "altiplano". The relative isolation of the island due to geography and recent history, kept the traditional way of living, rites and the ancestral beliefs, very lively and genuine. For the traveller avid to find something different, a dream! Madagascar has it all: deserted beaches, tropical forests, mountains, spiny forests, rice-terraced highlands...

 Featured Articles

Anakao Vezo fishing village

Anakao is a small beautiful Vezo fishing village situated on a long stretched beach about 40km south of Tulear, where life can be very relaxed.

Ambalavao, a charming town in the central highlands
Ambalavao is a town with the largest zebu market in Madagascar and where herdsmen come to sell their cattle after walking with their zebu herds from virtually all parts of the country.

The Madagascar sapphire rush

Madagascar Sapphire Rush
Madagascar, the fourth largest island on earth, is well known for its unique nature and wildlife. Throughout the country tourists have for long discovered the many amazing natural treasures aboveground, while the real treasures can be found underground - precious stones.


Taxi-brousse; the Malagasy way of transport
An advantage in going by taxi-brousse is not only the low price, it is also getting to know the Malagasy people while sitting squeezed next to each other and listening to the preferred music channel of the driver.

Towns, villages and islands of Madagascar

  • Anakao
  • Andapa
  • Antalaha
  • Antananarivo
  • Antanifotsy
  • Antsirabe
  • Antsiranana
  • Antsohihy
  • Arivonimamo
  • Befandriana-Avaratra
  • Betroka
  • Farafangana
  • Fenoarivo Afovoany
  • Fenoarivo Atsinanana
  • Fianarantsoa
  • Ihosy
  • Maevatanana
  • Mahabo
  • Mahajanga
  • Maintirano
  • Mampikony
  • Manakara
  • Mananjary
  • Mandritsara
  • Maroantsetra
  • Marovoay
  • Miarinarivo
  • Moramanga
  • Morombe
  • Morondava
  • Nosy-Be (island)
  • Boriziny|Port-Bergé
  • Île Sainte-Marie (island)
  • Sambava
  • Tôlanaro (Fort Dauphin)
  • Toamasina
  • Toliara
  • Tsiroanomandidy
  • Vangaindrano
  • Vatomandry
  • Vohémar

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