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Citizens of Madagascar speak French as it was once a French colony from the end of the 19th century until the 26th of June, 1960. There was indeed a lot of French influence during those 70+ years.

In 1960, all the academic system in Madagascar was following the French academic reforms.However, despite the independency declared in 1960, Madagascar continued to follow the French academic system until the “student movement” of 1972. 

Madagascar is an island located in the western Indian Ocean and lies approximately 425km off the east coast of Southern Africa.The geographic coordinates of Madagascar are 20 00 S,47 00 E.

Where is Madagascar?

Traditionally the Malagasy eat a large amount of rice accompanied by a small portion of meat, vegetables and sauce. At tourist establishments these dishes tend to have a French influence and fries are often offered in the place of rice.


Beef steaks are usually excellent and most commonly served with a delicious creamy green peppercorn sauce.Pizza is popular everywhere. Street snacks include slices of coconut and peanuts in a sweet coconut or toffee coating.


If you spot a man carry a glass case on his head, he is probably selling koba( banana,peanuts and rice,ground to a paste wrapped in a banana leaf), samosas or spring rolls. 











Beverages include: 

Malagasy wine(average table wine quality,produced in red,white,rosé & grey types)

Litchel(an drink made from lychees)

Rhum arrangé(homemade flavoured rums, produced with various fruits & spices)

Delicious Food & Beverages Too!

Attractions & Issues

Visit the top 5 tourist attractions in Madagascar to discover for yourself the natural, cultural and historical diversity that is Madagascar. 

1. Ile Sainte Marie- off the east coast, bays of beautiful cyrstal clear water.Wrecks of several old pirate ships can be seen in the shallow waters.




2. Avenue of the Baobabs-The Avenue of the Baobabs is a group of trees lining the dirt road between Morondava and Belon’i Tsiribihina in western Madagascar. Its striking landscape draws tourists from around the world, making it one of the most visited locations in the region. 




3.Rafomafana National Park-Located in the southeastern region of Madagascar near the village of Ranomafana, the Ranomafana National Park is one of the nation’s most popular parks.In dense forest hills,the park is home to the endangered golden bamboo lemur.


4. Isalo National Park-The Isalo National Park is located in the central southern region of Madagascar, the park includes areas of grassland, steep canyons and sandstone formations, all dotted by occasional pools lined by palm trees.


5. Ifaty-Ifaty is the name given to two dusty fishing villages on the coast of southwest Madagascar. Offshore, a 95km coral reef is a natural barrier to rough sea waves, creating coastal waters that are ideal for diving, snorkeling and fishing.


Although these all may seem worth experiencing there are some issues in the country you should consider.All necessary vaccinations should be completed before visiting as there have been outbreaks of diseases recently such as the bubonic plague in 2014.The laws are harsher than Australian standards.Penalties for drug offences, including 'soft drugs', include prison sentences,the law contains no anti-discrimination protections for LGBTI travellers,it is recommended you carry photo identification with you at all times the police can stop pedestrians to check papers,etc.The political situation in Madagascar has been unstable since the 2009 unconstitutional change of government. In 2014, a new president was sworn in and new government formed, however political tensions remain and the security situation could deteriorate rapidly without warning.


Twenty eight year old,football striker, Faneva Ima Andriatsima currently playing for French side FC was born in Antananarivo,the capital of Madagascar. He can speak fluently French as would need to when being on a French team.













Faneva is very successful; he has played for the International Madagascar team,has a FIFA world cup qualitification, in 2004 he joined USCA Foot and scored 45 goals in 60 appearances for his new side,2007 he made the switch to French Ligue 2, where he joined FC Nantes and on the 7th of January 2008 he joined Championnat National side AS Cannes on loan, for the remainder of the season, here played 16 games and scores 4 goals.

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