Exceptional and unique flora and faun
Pristine white beaches
Breath taking landscapes
Madagascar is a unique and truly fascinating destination that deserves to be explored. From dancing lemurs and exotic chameleons to baobabs, carnivorous plants and tropical rainforests- a myriad of unusual flora and fauna awaits the intrepid traveller. Its coastline is equally alluring with stunning coral reefs, rich sea life, hatching turtles and whale watching, while its sublime deserted beaches are encircled by azure waters. Your senses will be overwhelmed.
Those looking to explore off the beaten track and relish adventure will not be disappointed by this island where time has stood still, supporting one of the most diverse ranges of flora and fauna on earth. As the world’s fourth largest island, do give yourself enough time to explore as getting around can be a challenge due to its limited infrastructure. You could spend months exploring this varied and beautiful island, but below are a few of our personal highlights.
Landscapes and Wildlife
No trip to this fascinating island would be complete without lemurs, which it is most famous for and there are around an amazing 80 different varieties and most of our itineraries start by heading north to Andasibe-Mantadia National Park which is easily accessible from the capital Antananarivo (Tana). The wildlife is not only limited to lemurs as there are over 200,000 species on the island, over 80% endemic to Madagascar.
To the southwest, you can visit the stunning Parc National d’Isalo, one of the most beautiful national parks where, after a morning clambering up escarpments and along canyons, your hike is rewarded by bathing in the crystal clear waters of hidden forest pools.
Further south, you will find Mandrare River Camp, a luxury camp based on the East African Safari Style where you will walk along the mighty Mandrare River, visit spiny forests and be astounded by the surreal flora and fauna.
Madagascar’s coastline and surrounding islands are sublime and many visit Madagascar just to enjoy the tropical paradise. There is a range of accommodation to suit every budget, from simple beach huts to one of the world’s most luxurious islands.
Off the Northwest coast you will find the beautiful palm fringed island of Tsarabanjina. Part of the Constance Group, they pride themselves in offering the best of barefoot luxury. Whether swimming, snorkeling or diving in the warm crystal waters you will discover another world.
Lying further north is Miavana, part of a private five-island archipelago. It is poised to be the benchmark for inspirational resorts offering understated extravagance, beautifully blended with nature. More than a holiday it will be a life experience.
Also well worth a visit is the Anjajavy Nature Reserve a Relais & Chateau hotel which combines beach and wildlife experiences.
As there is so much to see and do in Madagascar, if can be a standalone experience but could also combine with South Africa. It is an unusual destination and will have the power to mesmerise but it is also important for travellers wishing to explore the island thoroughly to venture there with an open mind. Flight schedules can be changed last minute, delays are possible, but its slightly random environment goes hand in hand with its quirky nature.
Other areas of interest are Ile St Marie for its whale watching, the rain forests of Ranomafana National Reserve to see the endangered Golden Lemur, boating on the Canal des Pangalanes, the Avenue of Baobabs and the unique rock formations of the Tsingy de Bemaraha..