Welcome to the wonderful world of Madagascar’s hidden treasures

Get ready for a surprising journey into the secret world of Madagascar. Explore two facets of Madagascar’s treasures: natural treasures and craft treasures. First, discover the wild beauty of the landscapes and their formative history, then the unique skills of the crafts.

Nature creates natural treasures. Explore them on your journey

Learn about the history of Madagascar’s unrivalled national parks.

  • In the south of Madagascar, the Isalo National Park, expresses its spectacular rock formations. Tectonic movements have raised the plate, then erosion and weathering create unique formations. Awaken your curiosity by these sedimentary structures such as peaks, canyons, gorges and natural pools.
  • In the north of Madagascar, a forest with an extinct volcano is located in the Montagne d’Ambre National Park. Volcanic eruptions generated the landscapes that exist today. Take the opportunity to meet lemurs, chameleons and birds. Find special geological formations.
  • Andasibe-Mantadia Park, in the east of Madagascar, is home to the largest species of lemur, the indri indri, a wide variety of birds and reptiles. Beautiful are the forests with their bamboo and waterfalls.
  • In central Madagascar, Ranomafana National Park owes its reputation to its hot springs, rivers and mountain forests. In addition, meet varieties of species, such as lemurs, chameleons, and birds, plants.
  • The « Tsingy de Bemaraha » nature reserve in western Madagascar reveals unique rock formations called Tsingy. The result of slow erosion over millions of years, it enjoys the formation of chasms, canyons and caves. Its diverse fauna and flora, including lemurs, birds and carnivorous plants, add to the wonders of this reserve.

The aromatic treasures of Madagascar not to be missed.

Some essential oils are specific to Madagascar, experiment them for your relaxations in the massage rooms or for other possible purposes (small aches, bobo, bath of environment…) :

  • A very popular essential oil extracted from the leaves of the Ravintsara tree. Ravintsara is unique to Madagascar, its oil has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties, and alleviates colds.
  • Rosewood essential oil, used in perfumery, also has anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Katafray essential oil, with its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, relieves joint and muscle pain. Particularly used in massage and relaxation rooms. Extracted from the bark of the katafray tree, which is endemic to Madagascar.
  • Ylang-ylang essential oil from Madagascar is particularly valued for its relaxing floral fragrance. Getting rid of stress, anxiety, improving mood, are all about using it in aromatherapy. Cosmetic products incorporate this oil for its properties in hair care.

Explore the enchanting world of Madagascar’s handicrafts:

The treasures in the field of handicrafts, represented by the antemoro papers and the zafimaniry sculptures :

  • Antemoro paper, with its unmatched appearance and natural patterns, is the mainstay of many Malagasy people. In Ambalavao, in the « bougainvillea hotel » you will find the workshop for the production of this Antemoro paper. The bark of a tree called Havoka is the raw material.
  • The Zafimanairy sculptures are worth exploring. On the RN7, the Zafimaniry deserves to be visited to discover its know-how applied on its huts, an exceptional and unforgettable adventure.
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