Majunga, the city of flowers
Who on the island does not know the city of Majunga? Very popular vacation spot for the people of the capital, Majunga is also the meeting point for many vacationers traveling to the north of Madagascar. Locals and foreigners can certainly agree that Majunga is a great place to live.
How to get to Majunga?
Majunga is located in the northwest, almost 600 km from Antananarivo. To get there, use Locals often use the "bush cab" or other cheap means of transportation. Travelers from Europe, on the contrary, choose recreational vehicles. It must be said that it is an excellent way to enjoy the trip, and it will also give you the opportunity to meet the residents.
For the motorcyclists, you should not miss the experience of riding a motorcycle from Antananarivo to Majunga. This is quite possible, moreover, motorcycle tours have been done on this part of the island more than once. Please note that before you reach your destination, you will have to cross many small villages. You will see during your trip how hospitable and smiling Malagasy people are. If you are lucky, you can learn to cook typical local dishes.
The city of Maevatanana is the only major city where you have to stop on your journey from Tananarive to Majunga. In addition, this city has many gold resources and in this sense even contributes to the supply of the island, this place is bordered by the river Betsiboka.
Before arrival in the city of Majunga
Before you reach the town of Majunga, you have to cross a vast savannah area that stretches for hundreds of kilometers. Tall grass that stretches as far as you can see. Depending on the season, you can sometimes admire magnificent colors with which sometimes grasses and trees are decorated. Once you have crossed these areas, you can assume that you have reached your destination. Moreover, in the distance you can already admire the big city of Majunga and the adjacent sea.
The huge baobab tree in the center is the symbol of this port city.
Activities in Majunga
The city of Majunga is rich in activities. Also known as the city of flowers, you will be fascinated by the beauty of this region. Among the sights that you should visit once in the region is the sacred lake of Mangatsa on the top of the list. To get there, you have to drive 18 km northeast from the city center. Sakalava traditions are still well established in the culture of this part of the country. On site, you will have the pleasure of bathing in a completely different atmosphere. Time will have stopped in this place of worship where indigenous beliefs are still very present. Crocodiles and lemurs live in captivity. Besides visiting the lake, you can also visit the Philibert Tsiranana Museum. Built as a tribute to a great man who was once the father of the Republic on the Big Island.
Hikers looking for adventure and discovery will have plenty to do when exploring the famous Anjohibe Caves. From Majunga, it is about 83 km north if you want to explore the boundaries of these caves and their underground rivers. Cave lovers will have a great time with the countless waterfalls, waterfalls and natural pools that lie hidden beneath the earth's surface.
To keep you amazed, do not pass through the city of Majunga without enjoying the scenic contrasts. As beautiful as the beaches, as magical are the improbable valleys that surround the city of protect. Driving north 12 km from the city center, you will fall in love with the breathtaking spectacle that will unfold before your eyes. The red circus, the small gorge of Majunga, will amaze you with its beauty. In reality, it is a composition of clay layers that have been there for a very long time, allowing nature to give free rein to its imagination. Nature has done a remarkable job, because the tones that will appear before your eyes are sometimes ocher, pastel and sometimes crimson. A true Picasso-like painting.
Arts and crafts and cooking
Traditional Malagasy cuisine varies according to regional specialties. In Majunga you will have the pleasure of tasting seafood dishes prepared in Malagasy style. An explosion of flavors and aromas will be on the menu. The large market of Mahabibo, located in the heart of the city center, has several traditional stalls and restaurants in the city center.