Madagascar and its wide-open spaces are still an authentic place, a country that has not yet been reached by urban development, a country to discover by taking your time.
The red Island offers an incredibly rich and very diverse nature. No region of the island is alike. The surface is immense, and to go around it would take months. If you are a fan of slow tourism, if you too want to travel while trying to preserve the planet as much as possible, to forge links with the locals, then here are some ways to travel to Madagascar in soft mobility, at the pace of your desires and your meetings.
Discover Madagascar on horseback
Horses were introduced to Madagascar several years ago, but they have adapted very well to the climate of the Madagascan midwest, as it is in this region that most ranches are found.
Traveling on horseback in Madagascar is a rather unusual way to discover the country, moreover, it is a perfect way to apprehend the reliefs, landscapes, nature, if you are familiar with these animals. Indeed, to perform this circuit, you must have good endurance, and be able to spend hours on horseback. It is even recommended to train well before departure, to be able to make the most of it on the spot.
In the middle west of Madagascar, in the region of Itasy, you will discover a panorama dotted with agricultural land, lakes, and hills.
It is also possible to travel to the east of the island, with the aim of arriving at the Pangalanes canal and hiking along the Indian Ocean, under the palm trees, along the beach.
Traveling by sail in Madagascar
There is nothing is more beautiful than a cruise trip to Madagascar along the coasts of the Mozambique Channel. To stay on the theme of slow tourism, original and authentic, you can climb aboard a dhow, a canoe or a Malagasy schooner. Handcrafted out of wood, these three types of boat sail north of the island, in the archipelago of Nosy-Be, or on a migratory journey, between the north and the south of the west coast of Madagascar.
The journey takes place according to the winds, accompanied by a local crew. On the program: discovery of the seabed, exploration of the islands of the archipelago. Aside from that, meeting with the local population living in remote places, fishing, traditional music, and sunset.
Visit Madagascar by trekking
If you do not know Madagascar, you cannot know how much the big island is a preferred destination for trekking. With the disparity of its landscapes, you can travel kilometers on foot while changing the environment.
In the Highlands, you will find an alpine setting, with high mountains of granite, which are suitable for climbing.
The region of Itasy, which is also a beautiful region for horse riding in Madagascar, makes it possible to follow its long course, through the lakes and the hills.
Further south, the surprising Makay and Isalo massifs offer sandstone sedimentary layers and limestone rocks, which are found on either side of a canyon.
To finish with the most incredible expanse, the limestone plateaus of Tsingy de Bemaraha, form a spectacular erosion as far as the eye can see. To finish with the most incredible expanse, the limestone plateaus of Tsingy de Bemaraha, form a spectacular erosion at loss of sight.
In these immense natural spaces, you can hike for hours without ever being tired of discovering the endemic biodiversity of Madagascar (lemurs, chameleons, orchids, baobabs), and its warm population.