Reasons to Visit
Madagascar is fringed by stunning coastline and tiny islands. The beaches of Madagascar are beautiful, untouched and undeveloped. Here turquoise waters meet white sandy shores and they are the perfect place to relax after an adventurous time exploring the mainland and its magnificent wildlife.
The birdlife is remarkable on Madagascar with chances of seeing over 100 endemic species. The coua family, vanga family and Madagascar red fody are to name but a few. With striking plumage and sweet song they are a special feature of this diverse island.
Over 90% of Madagascar’s chameleons and frogs are endemic and are found all over the country. They range from giants like the Parson’s chameleon that can reach 60cms to some the size of a fingernail, and found in every colour under the sun the variation that can be seen is staggering.
Lemurs are the star attraction in Madagascar, and their endearing behaviour and abundant energy will keep everyone entertained. From the largest indri and its haunting eerie cry, to the smallest nocturnal mouse lemur with its huge amber eyes make each species so unique and fascinating.
The rainforests of Madagascar are a real treasure trove of exceptional and unique flora and fauna. Here you will easily find lemurs, chameleons and frogs hidden away and the diversity of species found here is overwhelming. All exploring is done on foot on the trails that weave through the forest.
The reefs around Madagascar are home to bright colourful fish and vibrant corals. From the beaches you can explore with fins and snorkel to discover more of this countries magnificent wildlife.
Whale watching off the east coast of Madagascar between July to September is something not to be missed. These giants swim close to the shores of Ile Sainte Marie and make for a great spectacle.
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Diademed sifika in Andasibe National Park
Isolated from the rest of the world, there were no large predators, so wildlife evolved on its own distinct path. Of Madagascar’s 200,000 species, more than 80% are endemic.
Isalo National Park is home to some of Madagascar’s most stunning scenery, and is a sacred place for the Bara tribe, whose burial sites are marked by mounds of tiny stones placed in crevices in the rock face.
There are a number of marked trails that vary in length. Paths lead you to points of interest including huge baobab trees, fishing villages, tsingy, mangrove swamps, caves and more. Your guide will explain the medicinal use of plants and help you spot birds, chameleons, lemurs and more.
Madagascar is fringed by a number of beautiful islands. The islands are perfect for relaxing after the adventurous experience of Madagascar’s rainforests. Once on the islands, days can be spent snorkelling and diving, pottering around on a bicycle or just lying on the beach.
In June, humpback whales come from the waters of the South Pole to the Ste Marie Channel, not far off the coast. The channel is protected by the East coast of Madagascar and by Sainte-Marie, ideal for whales who come to breed and calve
With its tropical climate, hugely diverse landscape, abundance of wildlife and friendly locals it is no wonder Madagascar is now making it onto the shortlist of many travellers’ must see destinations.
14 Days from £3,165pp
This two week trip is a perfect introduction to Madagascar combining one of its most beautiful and rewarding rainforests with the remote island of Ile Ste Marie.
15 Days from £3,665pp
Exploring the northern tip of Madagascar this itinerary includes time in a beautiful rainforest enjoying a variety of lemurs, chameleons, frogs. A colourful journey then takes you through lots of Malagasy villages to the little visited park of Ankarana and then onto the coast where you can relax in idyllic surroundings for a week.
11 Days from £3,860pp
If you would like to enjoy both Madagascar's forests and beaches without travelling around then a week at Anjajavy Private Reserve is ideal. With a forest full of lemurs, chameleons and frogs and perched above white sandy beaches you can enjoy wildlife viewing in the morning and swimming and snorkelling in the afternoon. Anjajavy offers luxury accommodation and numerous varied activities so there is more than enough to keep you occupied for a week or so.
12 hours (Antananarivo via Paris)
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