Estimate population 21,243,800 - Capital City Antananarivo
Beautiful Madagascar lies off the south eastern coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean and covers an area of 587,041 square kilometres (226,658 square miles). The Mozambique Channel separates it from the African coast. The island is 1,580 kilometres (980 miles) long from north to south with a maximum width of 580 kilometres (360 miles).
Mount Maromokotro is the island's highest peak. The island is divided by wonderful ridges, valleys, rivers and tropical forests. Behind the coral beaches, located of the east coast is an almost continuous chain of lagoons which is connected by the Pangalanes Canal. If you're into surfing ocean waves, this island provides many good spots along its coast line.
Madagascar has wildlife that are not found on the African mainland. It has 50 species of lemur. An unusual animal is the fossa, a carnivorous mammal. Crocodiles are the most dangerous of the native animals while hundreds of species of harmless, gorgeous butterflies inhabit the island. The spiny globefish and cofferfish are indeed unique to the island and exploring this wonderful place is recommended.