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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Amber Mountain National Park is home to huge strangler figs, quinine trees and enormous birdsnest ferns, as well as several lemur species. Joffreville, just 4 kilometres from the park gate, is a relaxing village to wander around to catch a flavour of rural Malagasy life.
Amber Mountain National Park is situated in the far north of Madagascar, 40 kilometres south of Diego Suarez.
Whilst Diego can be hot and dry Amber Mountain is always cool and fresh with mist hanging over the trees. There are huge strangler figs, quinine trees and enormous birdsnest ferns.
The park is rewarding for walkers with several beautiful trails threading through the forest. Two trails lead to waterfalls, the Cascade d’Antomboka and Cascade Sacrée. On foot you have the chance to discover all the smaller wildlife such as the leaf-mimic chameleons, tree boas, leaftailed geckos, butterflies and pill millipedes which curl up into perfect balls. There are seven lemur species in the park, including the crowned lemur and Sanford’s brown lemur, and hikers usually see at least one if not two of the diurnal species.
There is no accommodation in the Amber Mountain National Park itself, but Joffreville is an excellent base, just 4 kilometres from the park gate. This village is a relaxing place to wander around and catch a flavour of rural Malagasy life. Small stalls sell seasonal fruit amongst crumbling colonial houses, little tin-roofed bars sell rum to locals perched on wooden benches and chickens and ducks scrabble all over the place.
Isolated from the rest of the world, there were no large predators, so wildlife evolved on its own distinct path. Of Madagascar’s 200,000 species, more than 80% are endemic.
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