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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Africa and The Indian Ocean
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.
Mandare River Camp is set in the Ifotaka Community Forest. There are six tents, set up under tamarind trees. The tents are very comfortable and have beds, simple wardrobes and en-suite bathrooms with showers and toilet.
A full camp crew looks after you and the atmosphere is friendly and relaxed. The sun rises directly in front of the tents over the Mandare River giving breathtaking early morning views. At night, with absolutely no light pollution the stars are the best you'll see anywhere in Africa.
Far from civilization the camp is incredibly peaceful and a fantastic place from which to explore this unique part of the world.
The Ifotaka Community Forest is as remote as it is wild. It covers a huge expanse of gallery and spiny forest and has been protected by the Antandroy Tribe, one of Madagascar’s fiercest and most traditional tribes.
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