Madagascar for the First Time Visitor
Madagascar is huge, roughly two and half times the size of Great Britain, and it’s difficult to know how to get the best out of your first visit without some insider knowledge. We would recommend, unless you have an abundance of time, visiting either the north or south of the country.
A sifaka in Berenty Private Reserve
Cut off from the mainland Africa for millions of years, the island’s flora and fauna has evolved into unique species including 150,000 forms of life which are found nowhere else in the world, including all the numerous species of lemur.
It’s an undeveloped country and tourism is very new, which is one of the attractions, but it is also important to pack both a sense of humour and adventure.
Using the map below, two of Audley's Madagascar specialists, Victoria and James, highlight the routes they travelled and pick out a few of their favourite places along the way.
Map of Madagascar
Victoria takes us on a road trip around northern Madagascar (see map above).
Sampling lush vegetation, speared rock formations and untouched beaches, the highlight of the trip is always the weird and wonderful wildlife she encounters.
James takes on the classic traverse through the heart of the country.
He describes his journey from Antananarivo to Tulear (see map above) and reviews some of his favourite locations.
Madagascar country fact file
Population: 20.6 million.
Area: 587,041 square kilometres.
Languages: Malagasy and French.
Religions: Malagasy mythology, Christianity and Islam.
Best time to visit: July to November.
Flight time from London to Antananarivo: 13 hours 50 minutes (including connection in Paris).
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How to Book
Whether you wish to plan your trip around this itinerary idea or you have other ideas, please do get in touch by phone or online. If using our online form, a destination specialist will contact you by phone to discuss your requirements.
Our destination specialists have the first hand knowledge required to put your plans into action. They can answer your questions, offer suggestions and advice to suit your tastes and budget.
Your specialist will carefully design your trip, creating a detailed itinerary which you will receive in the post and online. Your specialist will answer any further questions you have and refine it until you are completely happy.
Once you are satisfied with all the arrangements, we ask you to complete a booking form and pay a deposit of 15% of the total cost of your trip.