From cool highlands to white sandy beaches, and desert to rainforest, the diversity of Madagascar is as intriguing as it is undiscovered and extraordinarily different from its African continental neighbours.
With such a variety of terrain comes a huge amount of biodiversity. Unique species of flora and fauna greet guests at every turn- over 80% of species found in Madagascar are endemic to the island, therefore impossible to find anywhere else into the world. Explore the national parks to meet lemur and the fox-like predator the Fossa, the elusive chameleon and a myriad of butterflies. Dive in the crystal clear waters and search for megafauna, humpback whales and manta-rays, creatures that have barely changed since the time dinosaurs roamed the earth.
Anyone with an appetite for wildlife and adventure will return with their thirst truly quenched, yet with a taste that will have you wanting to revisit for years to come.
Search for 11 species of Lemur, high in the canopy of Tsingy de Bemarha National Park
Visit some the UNESCO protected national parks for wildlife galore
Take a Marine Safari off the north of the island, where you could spot the Humpback migration, as well as whale shark, manta ray, and turtles
Have some time to rest and relax and dine of French-influenced cuisine with a stay at one of the many deluxe properties in Nosy Be
Adventure by canoe down the unspoiled Manambolo river, which teems with bird life.
Learn how to cook Malagasy dishes with a local chef
Reasons To Visit
One of the world’s biodiversity hotspots Madagascar offers the opportunity to see species found nowhere else on earth. Separated from the African continent 65 million years ago Madagascar is the oldest island on earth: 8 plant families exist only on Madagascar, as well as a thousand orchid species, hundreds of species of frog and reptiles, 5 families of birds, and 220 terrestrial mammals, including the primate family of the Lemurs, for which Madagascar is most widely known
Tourism is still in its infant stage in Madagascar, which means that the intrepid visitor can often enjoy it’s wonders in solitude. Revenue from tourism offers real hope for the conservation of the unique environment and its wild inhabitants.
Malagasy culture is every bit as fascinating as it’s flora and fauna. The first people arrived between 4000 and 2000 years ago and the amalgamation of people from Indonesia and later Africa have created a fascinating culture with a wealth of history and social structures, including Fady, Madagascar’s unique system of taboo which vary from community to community.
The beaches in Madagascar have to be seen to be believed, and the surrounding water hosts a range of Oceanic Megafauna including Humpback and Omura whales, Whale Sharks, Dolphins, Turtles and Manta and Mobular rays. The West coast is sheltered by fringing reefs and diving around Nosy Be is particularly rewarding.
The best time to visit Madagascar depends on what you want to do and see.
January to March – Regular rainfalls make the vegetation lush and green, with lemurs and reptiles active and easy to spot.
April to June – Expect some heavy downpours interspersed with sunshine.
July to August –Cool and dry, making this an ideal time for exploring.
July to September – The Humpback Whale migration is in full swing.
September to November – The weather is particularly fine, remaining lovely and warm, with many lemurs having their young.
December – Hot with plenty of opportunities to see lemurs and reptiles.
Our Africa Expert Said:
“I visited Madagascar in June 2019 and I’m completely hooked. It’s so unique and feels like nowhere I’ve ever been before. There is so much to see and do, and you really feel like you’re experiencing something incredibly special. There’s a range of accommodation to suit all travellers, from quirky eco-lodges deep in the forests, to fabulously luxurious private islands. Tourism revenue is hugely important to Madagascar’s future development so by visiting you really will be making a difference.”
Madagascar’s capital, Anananarivo, is served most frequently by South African Airways via Johannesburg, Air France via Paris, and Ethiopian Airways via Addis Ababa.
Airlink also flies to and from Nosy Be and connects with International flights from Johannesburg.