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Sense of Oceans Madagascar, formerly known as Malagasy Tours, is an Incoming tour operator, travel specialist in Madagascar, based in Antananarivo. They offer their expertise and experience for circuit “à la carte” and customized trips.

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About Madagascar

Madagascar, fourth largest island in the world, the island-continent is home to one of the most valuable mega biodiversity in the world. A large variety of landscapes between Equator and Tropic of Capricorn with Highlands at an altitude of 1500 m, the thorny desert of the Deep South, the rainforests on the East as well as 5000 km of coastline with dream beaches, cruising, sailing, and diving options. But it is the people with their radiant smiles that will remain in your memories and in your hearts. Still very little frequented, almost confidential, travelling in Madagascar remains a privilege.

Where do Malagasy people come from? When did Madagascar become populated? Some mysteries remain, but there are some certainties. It is from Asia, Indonesia, Polynesia that the first inhabitants of the island left. It was between the 10th and 13th centuries. A great crossbreeding followed with Arab and African contributions. The myth of the Vazimba, the original inhabitants of Madagascar, is still very much alive. Kings and queens succeeded one another for 4 centuries, the most famous one: Andrianampoinimerina who made the unity of Madagascar by decreeing that the sea is the limit of his rice field. As a French colony from 1900 to 1960, the country kept their language, part of its culture and strong economic relations. Today Madagascar is a republic of 25 million inhabitants led by a president elected every 5 years.
As far as religion is concerned, the island, although very basically animist, is mainly Christian with almost 50% of the population. On the coasts you can find the Muslims of Madagascar. Ancestor worship is highly practiced, highly respected and present in everyday life. The climatic seasons are simple: It rains from mid-December to the end of March with risks of cyclones. From April to end of November, it is the best time to travel to Madagascar. July and August are the winter months and it can be chilly in the early morning on the Highlands. The coasts are always warm and sunny.

Malagasy gastronomy is made of fresh products. The meat is more likely to be zebu, grilled or in sauce. Fish and seafood will delight you along the coasts. Tropical vegetables and fruits are always on the menu. But the invariable remains rice. From morning to evening, from north to south, it is rice that the Malagasy love. And to drink? Rum of course!

Nosy Be

The seaside spot par excellence with beautiful properties, sublime landscapes, charming neighbouring islands and a very relaxed atmosphere. Located in the Mozambique Channel, near the north-western coast of Madagascar, the island is also called Ambariobe (big island) by its inhabitants. Nosy Be holds a lot of surprises in store for visitors. Forests with exceptional fauna and flora, the Lokobe Park and some volcanic lakes. It is also the ideal starting point for boat tours to neighbouring islands or the Madagascan west coast with its numerous small fishing villages.

The Tsingy of Bemaraha

An ancient coral reef which was transformed into a stone forest sculpted by water, wind and time. It is one of the most astonishing landscapes in Madagascar and part of the country’s largest natural reserve, the Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve. Also, the park is home to seven Lemur species, which of one is the Deckens sifaka, known for its creamy white fur and black face.

Ranomafana National Park

Located in the south-eastern part of the island, this is the country’s most popular national park. The landscape in the eastern part of the park is the most scenic, covered by densely forest hills, traversed by countless streams. Numerous birds, butterflies, bats and lemurs are living in this park, which of one is the endangered bamboo lemur.

Baobabs Avenue

7 species of baobab trees are present in Madagascar, some are up to 800 years old. Along the dirt road between Morondava and Belon’i Tsiribihina in western Madagascar, these trees are one of Madagascar’s most-seen attraction. They did not originally grew in isolation but stood in a dense tropical forest decades ago. The forest was cleared over the years for agriculture, leaving only these famous trees.


Split into two areas, the Mantadia National Park and the Analamazoatra Reserve, this national park is located near to Madagascar’s capital city. The forests of Andasibe-Mantadia impress with moist moss, ferns, trees of impressive heights and more than a hundred species of orchids that bloom between September and January. The unbeaten highlight, however, is the country’s largest lemur, the Indri.

The Malagasy Highlands

From Tana, the capital, southwards on the Route Nationale 7, they stretch across the centre of the island. At an average altitude of 1,300m, it is the emblematic landscape of Madagascar with its rice terraces and small villages with red earthen houses and their thatched roofs. The atmosphere is one of pastel colours and shimmering light. An amazing road trip.

Ile Sainte Marie

This paradise island in the heart of the Indian Ocean is a former pirate’s hideaway. Several wracks of pirate ships can still be viewed from the shallow waters. One can also enjoy a regenerating bath in the islands sea water basins, created by the rocky barriers. Moreover, the island offers dreamy beaches, forest trails, as well as exceptional diving spots. Also, it is a place for humpback whales that come to breed and to give birth during the mating season.

Isalo National Park

Located in the southern highlands in a breath-taking mountain landscape of jagged cliffs and rocks shimmering in all the colours of the rainbow. The park is known for its varied terrain, reaching from steep canyons, areas of grassland, sandstone formations, to natural pools lined by palm trees. Because of the variety of colours, the park is also known as “The Malagasy Colorado”.

Royal Hill of Ambohimanga

Considered one of the most sacred places in the country for 500 years, this is a historic village where the kings of Madagascar once lived. It is surrounded by a wall which was built in 1847 with mortar made of lime and egg whites. The Mahandrihono grounds include the former home of the island’s great king Andrianampoinimerina with walls made of solid rosewood, and artifacts including drums, weapons and talismans.

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