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Madagascar

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Overview

An island slightly larger than France, Madagascar was isolated from the African mainland for over 165 million years, resulting in plants and animals found nowhere else on earth. Including the instantly recognizable lemur.

Since March 2009, the country has been led by self-proclaimed president Andry Rajoelina, who was formerly the mayor of the capital Antananarivo after protests which swept him to power. Tourism is a small, but important, part of Madagascar’s overall economic strategy. While visiting the country will likely involve more roughing it than, say, Mauritius or the Seychelles, it is becoming increasingly popular as a destination for eco-tourism.

Matadorians who have visited the country share their views and advice below.

Madagascar Articles

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Photo essay: Avenue du Baobab, Madagascar

12 places where pirates once thrived

Life in Western Madagascar

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Smoke tourism: A cigarette lover’s guide to puffing around the world

Three stories from under the radar: Brazil, Madagascar, and a few ugly Eco-disasters

What’s going on in… Madagascar?

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Destination Expert: Madagascar

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