MORONDAVA, CAPITAL OF MENABE
Morondava is located at the gates of the Avenue of the Baobabs. It is the capital of the Menabe Kingdom. It offers many landscapes, each more breathtaking than the other. The sea intermingles with the ground tinted in red, offering an incredible scenery.
Morondava is the economic capital of the Menabe region and is located 701km from the Southwest of the capital. It will offer you a lot of discovery. It is charming and interesting, as it mixes a dynamic city-cente and a quiet country-side. Nature lovers won’t be disappointed as the region is well-known for its numerous forests (Andranomena, Analabe, Manamby, Kirindy) and its rich fauna and flora.
The city lifestyle is rythmed by a lot of events such as the “asa lolo” ( a circumcision ceremony), the “moraingy,” (Malagasy wrestling) or the tromba cults (similar to voodoo). These different ceremonies offer a unique show that promise a total immersion into the Menabe culture.
Morondavav is the starting point to many unavoidable tourist sites of Madagascar, especially the national park of Tsingy de Bemaraha, or the Avenue of the Baobabs. You can also plan an excursion to Belo-sur-Mer, a little fisherman village where all the beaches are more than wonderful.
Morondava shelters a people with typical customs. You will discover a typical funeral art called the sakalava art, which is characteriwed by its erotic frescoes and sculptures. They tell stories of the dead and they symbolize life and procreation.