How to obtain a visa for your trip Canada – Madagascar?
There are 3 types of visas for travelers to Madagascar:
- Tourist Visa
- Business Visa
- Student Visa.
Travelers must choose one of these visas depending on the purpose of their visit. For Canadian tourists, the tourist visa is mandatory and required for stays of 15 to 90 days, with no possibility of extension.
Travelers departing from Ottawa, Canada can obtain their visas online before leaving for Madagascar or upon arrival at Antananarivo airport.
To obtain a visa at the airport, you must have two blank pages in your passport and present your return ticket.
What are the tourist advantages of Madagascar for travelers from Canada ?
The tourism sector has highlighted Madagascar’s geographical assets to attract international travelers. The island of Madagascar is surrounded by about 5000 km of coastline with lagoons, cliffs and heavenly beaches. Madagascar is also distinguished by its reliefs and its singular ecosystems. The endemicity of its territory is one of the tourist arguments of Madagascar to attract tourists from Canada and the whole world.
The north of the country impresses by its primary forests, its picturesque rock formations, its archipelago and its paradisiacal coastal zones.
In the east, a humid tropical climate has developed a lush and diverse vegetation. It is also home to the best surfing and whalewatching spots in Madagascar. The west, hotter, dry and arid, is sublimated by a landscape formed by lagoons, coral reefs, mangroves and rugged relief.
The great South is not very touristic because of its isolation, but it is this isolation which makes its charm.
And finally the Central Highlands where the landscape and its stories invite to hikes and adventure treks.
What are the most important and great places to see the biodiversity of Madagascar?
Madagascar is a must-see destination for nature observation and the discovery of unique landscapes. The megabiodiversity of the Big Island often arouses the curiosity of international travelers. In Madagascar, green tourism represents about 55% of visitors. The biodiversity of Madagascar is concentrated in 5 places not to be missed:
Tsingy de Bemaraha are rock formations that originate from karst limestone deposits more than 200 million years ago. The Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park is home to animal and plant species of remarkable endemism.
Andasibe Mantadia National Park is a place not to be missed by nature lovers. There are several species of lemurs (14 diurnal and nocturnal species), reptiles, amphibians, birds and mammals. On the flora side, we discover evergreen plants, epiphytic plants, hardwoods, precious woods, pandanus, lianas, palms and endemic orchids.
The Isalo National Park is the Malagasy canyon with its 82 000 hectares of ruinous sandstone massif and composed of canyons, caves, waterfalls and natural pools. This spectacular landscape is home to many endemic species of fauna (lemurs, birds, reptiles, small mammals and amphibians) and flora (aloes, palm trees, ferns and pandanus).
The Ankarana National Park, in the north of the island, shelters an immense underground water network with its 11 spectacular caves and its Tsingy. Several species of animals have found refuge there: lemurs, birds, reptiles and bats. Atypical plants have also adapted to this unique ecosystem: pandamus, lianas, orchids, baobabs, etc.
The forest of Kirindy is a place to visit absolutely during a roadtrip in the west of Madagascar. This primary dry forest presents a high rate of endemism in fauna and flora. The tourists will have the chance to cross several species of diurnal and nocturnal lemurs, fosa, crocodiles, tortoises and birds.