Embark on an adventure to the remote island of Tsarabanjina and discover the friendly people and rich culture of Madagascar.
Take advantage of the one-night stopover on the mainland before travelling on to Constance Tsarabanjina to immerse yourself in the colourful local customs and traditions of Madagascar.
Ethnic groups in Madagascar
The diverse ethnic groups which make up the Malagasy people, divided into 18 ‘tribes’, are united around the common Malagasy language and traditional beliefs in the importance of kinship and the veneration of their ancestors.
Crafts including raffia weaving, woodcarving and silk weaving – particularly the weaving of the silk lamba, the island’s national dress – can be traced back to the very first inhabitants of the island and are central to the island’s cultural history.
The traditional woodwork of the Zafimaniry people of Madagascar were considered so important that in 2008 UNESCO included them on its List of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Music of Madagascar
Music plays an important role in the lives of the Malagasy people with beats and rhythms echoing the music of Africa and Indonesia and often played on traditional instruments or sung with only hand clapping accompaniment.
Seize the opportunity on the mainland or on Tsarabanjina to really get a sense of what makes the people of this region so special. Here are some Malagasy phrases you might find useful during your visit.
Good morning: Mbolatsara/ Salama
How are you? : Karakory/In vao vao?
Have a nice trip: Soavadia
Goodnight: Samy mandry mifoha
Enjoy your breakfast/ launch/dinner: Mazotoa misakafo
Slowly: Mora Mora
Thank you: Misaotra
Thank you so much: Misaotra Betsaka
Best wishes: Mirary soa/ Tsara tsara
- If you’d like to hear these words spoken or broaden you vocabulary check out the Learn Malagasy section on My Languages
- Find out more about the rich Malagasy culture at Visit Madagascar
- Architecture and design at Tsarabanjina
- Visit our website to find out more about Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar