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Culture and Discovery

Madagascar's population

Madagascar's population

The origins of the people of Madagascar are still a little mysterious. The scientists are still debating exactly when the first people arrived on the Red Island, and I'm not going to burden you with all the archaeological clues which, unless you are a specialist, are likely to send you to sleep!
Simon Hoffmann28 September 2015
The Malagasy culture, diverse and mixed

The Malagasy culture, diverse and mixed

The result of people from Asia and Africa coming together over a long duration of time, the Malagasy population has been inspired by these two geographic regions to create a unique culture. We will try to summarise it in a few words, despite its richness and diversity...
Simon Hoffmann18 September 2015
Madagascar, or Eden...

Madagascar, or Eden...

Mind you, the Red Island was sometimes called Eden, particularly by the early European explorers who set foot here. An entirely new land, with plant and animal species never seen before: from the huge chameleons hiding in the foliage of impenetrable jungles to the lemurs gripping from branch to branch in the baobabs of the savannah.
Simon Hoffmann18 September 2015
Politeness, practices and attitude

Politeness, practices and attitude

What things should you not do or say in Madagascar? Get a few tips on Malagasy culture, customs and manners!
Aline Gernay17 September 2015
The tip vs the right price

The tip vs the right price

While the tip might be out of fashion in Europe, what about in Madagascar, a country still stamped with vestiges of colonialism - administrative and cultural as much as economic?
Servane Rig21 March 2016
Languages and dialects in Madagascar

Languages and dialects in Madagascar

Brace yourself for the following: officially, there are two national languages in Madagascar: Malagasy, of course and French. That's for the simple side of things. Where it gets more complicated is that each of the 18 ethnic groups that make up the island's population has a dialect that is their own, which isn't necessarily understood by a Malagasy from another region.
Simon Hoffmann14 October 2015
Public transport in Madagascar - the adventure begins!

Public transport in Madagascar - the adventure begins!

It is impossible to travel to Madagascar without asking yourself about the means of transport to choose. Bush taxis are authentic but not very comfortable; planes are fast but lack charm; 4x4s are comfortable but quite expensive... you choose!
Simon Hoffmann1 October 2015
Religion in Madagascar, between Catholicism and animism

Religion in Madagascar, between Catholicism and animism

You should know that several religions coexist in Madagascar, in various proportions. Following European colonisation, Christianity was introduced on the island and populations were converted, but that doesn't mean traditional beliefs have disappeared.
Simon Hoffmann29 September 2015
Eating in Madagascar: on the plate of a gourmande

Eating in Madagascar: on the plate of a gourmande

Here are some of the most iconic dishes in Malagasy cuisine. Discover the local specialities!
Aline Gernay29 September 2015
The history and economy of the Red Island

The history and economy of the Red Island

Learn more about Madagascar's economy and history! We have tried to summarise the main things to give you some keys to understanding the country better before your trip.
Simon Hoffmann27 September 2015
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