Lying just 400 kilometres off the east coast of Africa offering diverse and spectacular scenery: mountains, deserts, rainforests, dazzling beaches fringing the Indian Ocean and island archipelagos linked by coral reefs and clear turquoise waters. As the 4th largest Island on Earth and relatively untouched, it is legendary for its profusion of wildlife and flora, 80% of which is found nowhere else on earth. Whether you stay in the best or simplest accommodation, try island hopping in a Dhow; snorkel over soft corals in marine reserves teeming with underwater life; fish for game fish; explore an island in search for the semi-tame black Lemurs; enjoy the sailing lifestyle…in this ultimate paradise.
- Look for lemurs! Of all Madagascar’s weird and wonderful creatures, lemurs are without a doubt the most iconic. Visit one of its many national parks, such as the Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, to view these mischievous monkeys, of which there are nearly a 100 different species.
- Head to the north western island of Nosy Be and swim with Whale Sharks! There is nothing quite like an encounter with the world’s largest fish (seasonal).
- Ever wanted to experience ‘Finding Nemo’ for yourself? Madagascar offers the most incredible diving opportunities around its myriad of islands and unspoilt reefs. Boasting the world’s third largest coral reef system, languish in balmy, clear waters while coming face to face with turtles, manta rays, dolphins and tropical fish.
- Marvel at Baobabs… Baobab trees are intrinsically woven into the fabric of African folklore. The most famous place for baobab-worshipping is the Avenue of the Baobabs, located in the Menabe region of western Madagascar.
- Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park is home to the most extraordinary stone forests – jagged limestone needles interspersed with canyons, waterfalls and almost impenetrable forest. Here you will also find 11 different lemur species, endemic reptiles, birds and a plethora of utterly unique botanical species.
- An avid twitcher? A prime birding destination, Madagascar is home to 280 species, of which over 100 are endemic to the island.
- Wherever your adventures take you, make sure to sample the local cuisine. Traditional Malagasy dishes usually consist of either meat or seafood served with vegetables and rice.
Best Time to Travel
- May to October: drier, cooler season, when average daytime air temperatures are 25°.
- December – March is the wettest season, often involving cyclones, so best to avoid!