Central Madagascar - Madagascar
Central Madagascar main focal point is the country’s capital, Antananorivo. Along with Isalo National Park.
With a population of over 1.3 million, Antananorivo is a melting pot of cultures. Antananorivo is designed in a ‘V’ shape, with both sides of the town meeting in the middle where the palace is. Typically, Analakely and Tsaralalana, which is the lower part of the town, is a place with local food outlets and shop fronts and the upper part of the town, Antaninarenina and Isoraka, is where to go for fine dining cuisine, museums, jewellery shops and craft boutiques. The city is well worth a few days on its own.
Isalo National Park, almost 700kms from Antananarivo. It’s a sacred place to the Bara tribe, who have used the deep canyons of the national park as a burial site for hundreds of years, Isalo was established as a national park in 1999 and has since become a popular site for trekking and hiking. Apart from the area’s natural beauty, the park is home to a genus of lemur colloquially called ‘sifakas’, known for their alarm calls ‘shi-faks.’