"What is there to see in Mahajanga? » Ask tourists.
Mahajanga «MJI ANGAIA» language Antalaotra, in arabic means the «City of Flowers» (MJI: city Angaia : flower). Boeny Antalaotse comes from the word that means "where there are stones " or "there are Baobabs "
The city of Mahajanga is quite large, but we can easily use the baobab as a landmark which can serve as a starting point and also thanks to some well-marked paths through the city neighborhoods.
If you stand facing the sea, with your back to the baobab: on your right will be the coast road that goes up to the tip of the alligator and Schneider Port – on your left will be the avenue that leads to the tip of sand and port for dhows. Behind you will be the avenue de France - a two-lane Road, which goes from the baobab and splits the city from West to East by the N4 towards Antananarivo.
The baobab tree (scientific name: Andasonia digitata) is the emblem of the city. It became an attraction for it's size and age. It measures 21.70 m (1m from the ground) but not more than 10m in height. This is one of the largest known baobabs in Madagascar. During the early years of French presence, after the intervention of the Expeditionary Corps in 1895, the baobab only measured 19m in circumference and served as the place for a firing squad for condemned prisoners currently awaiting execution.
In Mahajanga, another baobab, which is less known, is located on Avenue de la Liberation, in the courtyard of establishments sipromad Group. It measure at least 19.30 m in circumference.
The longevity of these trees is difficult to determine. The name baobab, of Senegalese origin, means «tree of 1000 years." According to a mission botanists who examined our baobab in 1938 , it would have hundreds of years of existence. Who planted the seed? Where did it from? On what point did we have first have a baobab there? these are still unanswered questions.