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As the largest island in the Indian Ocean, Madagascar is famous for its unique wildlife and biodiversity. With breathtaking views of nature, white sand beaches, stunning rainforests and delicious local food, the place offers an unforgettable, one-time lifetime experience. Why should it be on your bucket list

1 This is home to some seriously lovely lemurs.

Found only in Madagascar, the lemur is the last species in the country, especially the black and white ringed Lemur katta species. These mammals are currently classified as endangered species, with over 60 species present throughout the island. Visitors can take photos with them while visiting national parks, while luxury hotels built within the natural reserves here also give them a chance to see them in the wild where they are no longer afraid of humans. You will definitely fall in love with them.

2 whale watching

Madagascar is fortunate enough to be located close to a migration route for whales and, twice a year, creatures appear from the coast. Between July and September, the island of Sainte-Marie is the best place to admire the entire heritage of humpback whales where women chill in the warm sea. From October to December, baskets of baby whales and their moms in the shallow waters of Nosy Bay in the northwest. Apart from this mind-blowing spectacle, you can also hear powerful songs of men.

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3 beaches are beautiful

What would be better for the soul than resting on a quiet and quiet beach away from home? In front of an emerald sea offering stunning views at sunset, a large part of Madagascar's southwest has become one of the top destinations in the country for tourists. These places are perfect as that important wedding proposal moment and honeymoon destination for newlyweds. You can have the same experience in the north and in the islands around Nosy Bee.

4 you have to taste the local coba cake

Do not judge the taste of this cake by its appearance! In Western society where people love European-style cuisine, this brown cake has recently gained a coveted place among desserts during luxury weddings served with vanilla ice cream. One of the most traditional Malagasy foods, coba is a cake made from peanuts and rice flour. It is sold by street vendors, or in a tightly filled tin in the supermarket. This makes for an authentic gift for friends upon your return.

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5 you can help voluntarily

Madagascar is the fifth poorest country in the world and our time on this earth is so short, that it is always more than welcome to help you at least once in your life. There are many voluntary opportunities available with local organizations: you can teach French or English to children in remote villages, help environmental NGOs with scientific research and, above all, work in the humanitarian field by helping non-profit organizations Do, who take care of sick children from sick areas, most of whom suffer from serious illnesses. It is the largest Baobab house ever built. Known as the bottle tree, Baobab is also known as 'Renila', meaning 'mother of the jungle' in the Malagasy language. Six of the eight extant Baobab species can be found in Madagascar, where they form a vast forest in semi-arid regions to the south. Some Baobabs can reach 29.52 ft (30 m) high and 98.4 ft (9 m) in circumference. These natural ornaments will mesmerize you to remind you how small you are, regardless of your size.

6 local rice-and-rumaz-soup combo is a delight

If you are tired of eating heavy and fatty food, then it is time to go to Madagascar and try this special traditional food. Romazawa is a soup essentially prepared with various leaves and meat, which is an optional extra. Although its preparation varies from one region to another depending on the available leaves, the final mixture is a dish flavored with typical regions of the tropics. When prepared without meat, romavav is suitable for vegetarians, knowing that its taste mainly comes from the leaves.

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7 Malagasy Grand Canyon

Madagascar has its own version of the American Grand Canyon: Islo National Park. In an area of ​​more than 80,000 hectares to the south, millions of years ago this wonder was under the sea, and today is the most visited park in the country with over 30,000 visitors per year. Although you can swim in the natural pool if you are tired between treks, Islo is Madagascar's first wildlife hotspot, so be prepared for extreme adventures and sensational views in the wild.