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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Andohahela National Park is located in southeast Madagascar and is remarkable for the three extremes of habitats that are present within it. The park covers 760 square kilometres of the Anosy mountain range, the southernmost spur of the Malagasy Highlands.
Andohahela National Park is located in southeast Madagascar and is remarkable for the three extremes of habitats that are present within it.
The park covers 760 square kilometres of the Anosy mountain range, the southernmost spur of the Malagasy Highlands.
These mountains form a natural barrier to the moist trade winds that blow from the east and the result is three different climatic zones. Rainfall is high on the eastern side of the mountains, around 2,000mm a year and as a result there is dense tropical rainforest, very unusual for Madagascar's southern region. The western slopes of the park receive much less rainfall, around 700mm a year and the resulting vegetation is dry spiny forest. Finally, between these two areas of climatic and vegetation extremes there is a unique transitional forest known as the Ranopiso Transition which is known for its unique endemic triangle palm.
The variety of habitats within Andohahela is mirrored in the richness of species that are found there. Fifteen species of lemur have been recorded, including ring-tailed lemurs, mouse lemurs and one of Madagascar's most emblematic species, Verreaux's sifaka. The park has an extensive bird list including long-tailed ground rollers, Lafresnaye's vanga, olive-capped couas and more.
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