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
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.
Tsara Komba is a characterful little property set above an idyllic beach on Nosy Komba. Granite pathways flanked by beautiful tropical flowers lead you from the beach up to the eight thatched bungalows dotted around the hillside above the beach.
Each bungalow is very spacious and comfortable with large shady verandas, double or twin beds and en suite bathrooms with hot showers. Two of these rooms were built in 2008 and although they are the same size and style as the others they have an airy feel with open sided bathrooms, ideal for a shower under the stars. Local materials have been used in the construction of the lodge to give a truly authentic feel and great attention has been paid to every detail. Needless to say, every bungalow has a stunning sea view, and each room has its own unique interior.
Also perched on the hillside is the restaurant and bar, shaded by thatch but totally open to the breeze. The restaurant serves excellent Malagasy and French food with the emphasis on seafood. There is a good selection of wine as well as Tsara Komba's famous coconut rum punch.
The managers Cecile and Maryse are always on hand to ensure that your stay at this little hotel is a memorable one.
Nosy Komba is a beautiful island a few kilometres away from Nosy Be, placed on the map for its population of habituated black lemurs. There are numerous deserted coves to explore as well as paths that lead through tavy farms and into the hills where you will find birds, chameleons and black lemurs.
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