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About Madagascar

Madagascar, set 400 kilometres off the east coast of Africa, entirely surrounded by the invitingly warm tropical Indian Ocean. This beautiful island offers you unique and exciting holidays and vacations ranging from lemur tours, yacht & dhow trips to relaxing beach packages.
Adventure mixed with leisure – the perfect vacation combination! Madagascar also offers spectacular landscapes, an unusual history and a countryside full of generally friendly and wonderful people. Surf, Kayak, Dive, Fish, Snorkel Madagascar! Whatever you do, be sure to Travel to Madagascar! From bird watching & Baobab eco safaris to luxury & romantic getaways, the island of Madagascar is the perfect destination for a tailor-made holiday and has everything you’ve ever wanted and more than you’ve ever expected.

With biodiversity to rival the Galapagos Islands, towns of colonial magnificence, beautiful beaches of golden sand and a remarkable culture influenced by Europe, Africa and the East, Madagascar's rare riches are well worth discovering. Venture into national parks to experience profound moments in nature, mellow out on idyllic islands, stroll through heritage towns and spot quirky wildlife not found anywhere else on this earth - Madagascar showcases the very best of our wild, weird but oh so wonderful world.

Off Africa's southeast coast in the Indian Ocean, Madagascar is the world's fourth largest island after Greenland, New Guinea, and Borneo. A stunning diversity of plant and animal species found nowhere else evolved after the island broke away from the African continent 165 million years ago. It has a mountainous central plateau and coastal plains.

This iconic island nation sitting off the coast of East Africa in the Indian Ocean is home to one of the most precious and unique natural environments in the world. Its isolated location means that a distinct variety of animal and plant species have been able to thrive without outside genetic influences. Possessing extinct volcanoes, hidden waterfalls, cool highlands, grassy plains, pristine beaches and islands, Madagascar was once completely covered in forest - but due to high levels of deforestation, most forest cover has been lost. Some tracts of rainforest do endure today, but it's estimated that the current level of forest cover is only 1-2 percent of what it once was. Despite this loss, hundreds of species of plants and trees thrive all over the island, from huge, ancient baobab trees to thorny cacti and resplendent ferns.

The flag of Mauritius consists of red, blue, yellow and green bands which stands for:
Red: representing the bloodshed at the time of slavery and colonisation.
Blue: the Indian Ocean, in the middle of which Mauritius is situated.
Yellow: the new light of independence shining over the island and the golden sunshine.
Green: the lush vegetation of the island.

The colors of the flag represent Madagascar's history, yearning for independence, and traditional classes. Red and white were the colors of the Merina kingdom, which succumbed to France in 1896. They were used in the flag of the last Merina monarch, Queen Ranavalona III. They may indicate the ethnic origins of the Malagasy people in Southeast Asia, and are shared by the flag of Indonesia. Green was the color of the Hova, the largest class of peasant commoners, who played a significant role in anti-French agitation and the independence movement.

Best time to visit Madagascar

With such a unique ecosystem and environment, going on holiday to Madagascar at different times of the year offers a variety of challenges and benefits. September to November is considered one of the best times to visit, as these months sit right in between the cool, dry winter and the hot, rainy season. This time is also considered the best time to view birdlife. July to August offers cooler temperatures and the best chances for whale watching on the coast. January to March is cyclone season, but this is also the best time to see flowering orchids.

Things to do in Madagascar 

Explore the Beaches

In Madagascar, you will find beaches that are on the tourist trails and others that haven’t even been explored yet. There is something for everyone whether you are looking for luxury or something more authentic. The most popular beaches are in Diego, Anakao, the areas surrounding Morondava, and the islands of Nosy Be, Sainte Marie, & Nosy Ve.

Avenue of the Baobabs

The unique Baobab trees can be found all around the country. Just an hour away from Morondava there are a unique set trees lined along the road where you can get exceptional pictures at sunset.

The Big Tsingy Stone Forest in Madagascar

The main tourist attraction in Madagascar that I came to see is beyond impressive. It’s not easy getting there as it takes 1 complete day via 4×4 on very rough terrain. There are two parks, Big Tsingy (large park) and the Small Tsingy (small park). You won’t regret it!

Explore the Wildlife

There aren’t many other places in the planet that can say they have countless flora & fauna not found anywhere in the world. Throughout the entire island you can find the 70 different species of Lemurs and see through chameleons as mentioned above.
Madagascar & the islands surrounding the country have eight plant families, five bird families, and five primate families that live nowhere else on Earth. The parks you want to see are Berenty, Andasibe-Mantadia, Ankarana Montagne d’Ambre, Kirindy, Ranomafana, and Masoala.

The Capital of Antananarivo (Tana)

While the capital of Madagascar doesn’t boast the architectural prowess of capitals in Europe, the city is unique in its own right. The market that winds up and down the staircases will astound you. Don’t forget to see the Royal Hill of Ambohimanga, Marché Artisanale de La Digue, and the Lemurs Park that is found just outside the city.

Diving in Madagascar

With so much coastline and unique plants and animals, its no wonder that Madagascar has great diving opportunities. I was able to get my advanced diving certificate on the south western coast of the island. The diving hotspots are mainly in the Northern coast in the cities of Nosy Be & Diego. You can also find good diving in Ifaty, Anakao, Morondava, and around the islands of Sainte Marie.

Interact With The Locals

I have to say that while most cultures from around the world are unique, the Malagasy people take it to a whole new level. You can see the diversity on their faces and they are some of the nicest and welcoming people you will meet. Always extremely curious and willing to talk to you (if you speak Malagasy or French). Make sure to buy pens, candys, or even notebooks for the kids, they will love it.

Whale Watching in Madagascar

You are able to see humpback whales throughout the entire year near the waters of Saint Marie on the eastern coast. The best time to see the whales is between June to September but you are still able to see them year round.