A beautiful island, Madagascar attracts visitors with its unforgettable nature, dense forests, clean lakes and spectacular waterfalls, many species of rare birds and animals, and shockingly amazing butterflies. From the historic point of view, the city of Mahajanga is the most interesting destination in Madagascar. There are several important landmarks in the old part of the city, such as several buildings of the colonial period, mosques and trading squares. The Rova Fortress, which is located on a hill, is also worth attention of travellers. Long time ago the fortress-palace belonged to the royal family, but now it’s possible to see only several towers and a segment of a protective wall.
Madagascar is famous for its magnificent waterfalls, the highest of which is the cascade of the Sakaleona River. The height of this waterfall is 200 metres. Several beautiful waterfalls can be seen in Montagne d'Ambre (Amber Mountain) National Park. However, the Dead Lake remains the biggest attraction of the island. The lake is located among high rocks in the vicinity of Antsirabe. Quite an interesting fact – the lake is completely uninhabited despite the fact that its parameters and the temperature of water should perfectly fit the majority of local fish and seaweed. There are many legends connected with the lake. For example, locals say that no one can cross the lake by swimming even though the size of the lake is quite modest – 100 x 50 m.
Kirindy Forest remains one of the most visited places in Madagascar. Lemurs are the main inhabitants of this forest. The territory of the nature reserve is home to several rare types of baobabs, bushes and flowers. During a walk in the reserve, you will feel how hundreds of tiny eyes are watching you – there are really many birds and animals in Kirindy.
There are some cultural facilities on Madagascar. The Hiragasy national theatre may be the most famous one. Every day this portable theatre moves across the island, visiting the majority of town and villages. During their stops, musicians and dancers entertain locals and tourists. There are special performances for children and fascinating acrobatic shows. Despite the fact that the majority of locals follow their local tribal religions, there is a church of Jesus Christ on the island. Surrounded by palms and tropic bushes, the sanctuary looks quite unusual. Travellers are also welcome to visit numerous nature parks of Madagascar. The most famous ones are Ranomafana National Park, Perinet Natural Reserve, Tsingy de Bemaraha and Isalo National Park.
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