190 interesting facts about Africa you didn’t know

Interesting facts about Madagascar

28. The national sport of Madagascar is rugby, with football (soccer) also popular. Madagascar

29. In real life, Madagascar has no lions, giraffes, zebras, or hippos. (The fossil record shows that hippos once lived on the island, but scientists think they went extinct about 1,000 years ago. These hippos, known as pygmy hippos,were much smaller than their African relatives.)

30. Madagascar has two main seasons. It is hot and rainy from November through April and cool and dry from May to September.

31. Madagascar is one of the world’s main suppliers of vanilla and cloves, while coffee, lychees and shrimp are also important agriculturally. The country currently provides half of the world’s supply of sapphires and produces a number of other precious and semi-precious stones.

36. Although the predominant religion in Madagascar is Christianity (introduced by missionaries), most of them still believe strongly in the magic powers of their ancestors.

the Red Island

37. Madagascar is also known as “the RedIsland,” because in many areas, its soil has a distinct reddish tint.

 terrible road

38. Traveling in Madagascar takes time – not only because it’s a huge country, but also because of its underdeveloped and poorly maintained infrastructure. According to the World Bank Indicators, only 11% of the total roads (30,968 miles) are paved.

 39. Madagascar boasts of unique flora and fauna, majority of which is not found anywhere else in the world. Almost half of the world’s chameleons (about 60 different species) are found only in Madagascar.

40. Oratory is one of the famous traditions of this Island.

 Lemurs

41. People choose to visit this island for several different reasons; however common Madagascar tourist attractions are the wildlife safaris and adventure tours. Lemurs are the star attraction of Mango Safaris’ tour of Madagascar

42. It was Marco Polo who gave the island its name f Madagascar.

 Madagascar wood carvings

43. In Madagascar they have many ways to do arts and crafts. They make textile and do wood carvings. They also paint paintings and do stone carvings. They are very artistic.

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