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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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.
Vakona Forest Lodge is owned by a graphite miner and as such is situated near his mine. This is not ideal however the hotel is a great option to visit the park. It is situated on a hillside that drops down to a lake and the combination of luxuriant vegetation, fresh mountain air and only the sounds of the frogs to disturb you is lovely.
The main building has an octagonal reception area and large dining room with huge windows overlooking the small lake. The service is slow in the restaurant however when the food arrives it is usually both plentiful and good. There is a log fire in the centre which is very nice in the cold season.
Dotted around the hillside up steep steps are the 28 bungalows which have been built in a Madagascan style. Each of the bungalows has its own terrace. Inside the rooms are basic but comfortable. There are beds with mosquito nets and en-suite bathrooms with piping hot showers and plentiful water. There is a pool and sun deck and a number of paths and sign-posted trails lead you to the middle of the primary forest.
Andasibe covers an area of montane rainforest at altitudes between 930 metres and 1,040 metres. It is the best park for the indri, the largest lemur, and two of the 62 resident groups have been habituated, making them easy to see.
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Andasibe National Park (Perinet)
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