Thanks to the 2005 animated film, Madagascar has become a household name, but how many people actually know anything about this country, an island in the Indian Ocean off the coast of East Africa? Whether or not your reasons for visiting are related to the movie, here are some things you should do if you ever visit Madagascar.
Meet the Animals
There’s a reason why Madagascar is about a group of animals: the country is known for its incredible wildlife. So whether it’s spotting lemurs in V.O.I.M.M.A. Community Park, finding chameleons in the forest, or discovering indiri at Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, make sure to keep your eyes open for some fauna.
Eat, Eat, Eat
The food in Madagascar may not be as well-known as the animals, but it’s no less exciting. We recommend zebu (local cow beef), romazava (meat stewed in tomato and greens), and ravitoto (mashed cassava leaves) to keep your tummy full for your days of adventure.
Visit a Shaman
Whatever ails you, whether it’s a broken heart or something more physical, visiting a local shaman (or healer) is an incredible experience that you won’t forget. Plus, it’s a good way to get to know the local plants traditionally used for medicinal purposes.