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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With Audley, where you stay is very much part of the experience. Wherever possible we try to track down characterful accommodation. We regularly inspect the accommodation we use, updating our knowledge on existing properties and researching new alternatives
Here we feature some of our most interesting properties, although we recommend and use many others to suit all budgets and tastes.
Andasibe National Park (Perinet)
Andasibe Hotel is the newest property in the area offering good standard of accommodation in 12 comfortable and spacious bungalows.
Anjajavy Private Nature Reserve
In our opinion Anjajavy is the best hotel in Madagascar. It is small and personal, the staff are extremely helpful, the food is superb and the setting unbeatable.
Ifotaka Community Forest
A stay with Edd, Madagascar Classic Camping's owner, in this remote part of the dry south is arguably one of the best experiences on offer in the entire country.
This is a warm, friendly and cosy lodge. The chalets are wonderful to snuggle up in after a day exploring Montagne d' Ambre.
The Princess Bora is a charming and comfortable hotel. It is not luxurious by international standards but is one of Madagascar's top properties.
Isalo National Park
Staying here is a real delight. The food is good, the staff are friendly and helpful, and the setting is one of the best we've seen in Madagascar.
The Relais de Plateaux is a great option for an overnight stop due to its proximity to the airport. The rooms are large and have a mini-bar, TV and en-suite bathrooms with showers.
Ranomafana National Park
Though fairly simple and a bit lacking in character, Setam is the closest lodge to the national park, around five minutes away from the gate, and this is one of our favourite options in the area.
This is one of our favourite places to stay on the coast. It is a beautiful and atmospheric place to stay: the decor is stunning, the beach is glorious and the food served is divine.
Vakona is a fairly basic no-frills lodge but is the best place to stay in the Andasibe area. The rooms are clean and the location is lovely, up in the fresh mountain air surrounded by forest.
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