The best time to visit Madagascar:
Generally speaking, Madagascar has a various climate. The central Highlands are cold, the north is hot and humid, the south is arid and the East climate is wetter.
Dry season is the favorite time to go to the red island. Some people prefer spending their time here on May because the rain have just finished and you can enjoy its green and lush version. Moreover, there is less tourists in that period. And even with a peak in July and August, Madagascar doesn’t suffer from the mass tourism. So, let us say that, you haven’t no worry to come here between May and October. It just depends on what you really want to see and to experiment. For example, June and July are perfect for watching humpback wales of Sainte-Marie Island. If you are passionate like birdwatchers, August and September are the best moments for you. In fact, in that period, you will not certainly miss the abundance of endemic and migratory species. Going to the Isalo national park, for example, will let you enjoy the Malagasy iconic and endemic fauna. Because the south of Madagascar is arid, you can visit all the Madagascar’s dry southwest from May to October!
Language and Malagasy origins:
Officially, Malagasy is the common language in Madagascar. The second official language is French but not all the people master it. If you come here with a tourist guide, it will not be a problem even if you speak other languages. Malagasy people are welcoming and smiling. So, don’t make the language as an obstacle.
Malagasy people are mixed of African and Indonesian ancestries. Previous studies show that one-third of Malagasy’s genetic ancestors came from South-East Asia. Then the two-third were from East Africa, Arabs, Indo-Pakistanis and Europeans. So, don’t be amazed if you learn that they do not refer themselves as African people even if Madagascar is geographically closer to Africa than Asia.
Culture and taboos:
Through these diverse origins, Madagascar has a colorful fusion of culture from seafaring Borneans and Bantu Africans, Arabic and Tamil traders, and French colonization. Madagascar is rich in culture; it is also one way to discover the authenticity of the Island. In fact, 18 subcultures are here, each with their own tradition, beliefs and language. Although the linguistic diversity, Malagasy people understand each other. To refer to their origins, Malagasy food has also a variety of flavor and variety of cooking ways.
Another important thing to know about Malagasy culture is about “fady” or “taboo”. We don’t make it a big deal, but it’s better to know so that we don’t risk disrespecting the local population. You should know that each region has his particular “fady”. The best way to know it is just to listen to the guide consign.
When you travel, it is always better to take some proper health precautions. Like in all tropical countries, one thing you should know is that the Red Island has a high risk of Malaria. You can take all precaution you know like bringing insecticide spray or use a bet-net if you need and take an antimalarial medication. For a better prescription, we invite you to check with your doctor before your trip. With a good precaution, there is no risk to catch it.
Diarrhea is another health problem here. The locals as well as the tourists can get it from unclean water so it is always better:
- To wash hands with soap or use hand sanitizer gel
- Don’t drink Tap water, not even from hotels
- Eat pealed fruits
- Watch out meals from street vendors…
We wish that these tips will help you to appreciate more this beautiful country! As we said “Forewarned is forearmed”.