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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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.
The Relais des Plateaux is located near to Ivato Airport. It is built in the style of a simple motel with rooms in one-story blocks with space for parking in-front.
The rooms are large and have a mini-bar, TV and en-suite bathrooms with showers. All have air-conditioning. With tiled floors and basic furnishings they feel comfortable, but not luxurious. The hotel has a small boutique, good sized pool and bar and restaurant. The staff do not speak much English, however they endeavour to be helpful.
This is a comfortable and convenient place to stay with its close proximity to the airport.
Antananarivo is the capital of Madagascar, located in Antananarivo Province, and is most commonly known by its colloquial short-hand form Tana. It is situated in the centre of the island length-wise, and 90 miles away from the eastern coast.
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