Destination Overview

Madagascar

Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world and an island-continent home to a large variety of landscapes from the thorny desert of the Deep South to the rainforests of the East as well as miles of coastline with dream beaches, cruising, sailing, and diving options. The coasts are always warm and sunny. Malagasy gastronomy is made of fresh products, and it is rice that the Malagasy love. And to drink? Rum of course!

Capital

Antananarivo

Time

GMT +3

Currency

Malagasy Ariary

Language

Malagasy

Religion

Christianity

Population

26 Million

International Airports

Antananarivo

Weather

Madagascar is a large island located in the Indian Ocean, and has a tropical climate, rainy along the east coast, arid in the south-west, and temperate in the mountains. In inland areas, mountain ranges mitigate the climate, while rainfall varies depending on slope exposure. Being in the Southern Hemisphere, the country has reversed seasons compared with Europe or North America.

Top Highlights

Fauna and Flora

The fauna and flora of Madagascar are considered as being a nature sanctuary as well as the cradle of endemic species of the island. You will discover unique species in the world with nearly 7 types of baobabs, 19 000 plant species, and more than 100 000 different types of species of fauna. This exceptional originality is specifically due to its isolated location in the middle of the Indian Ocean. A colourful journey awaits you!

The Best Beaches

One cannot ignore the beauty of the Madagascar beaches… A warm and crystalline water that borders kilometres of white sandy coasts. Relax for a day or an hour in the cool shade of the palm trees and then head for the many lagoons around. The beaches of Madagascar also offer a multitude of activities including diving, snorkelling, surfing, kitesurfing, windsurfing. Many cruises in dhow or sailing are also offered.

World Heritages

The island of Madagascar is full of varied traditions and cultures, mixing sacred places, particular arts and protected natural areas where a multitude of endemic animals and plants live and thrive. Thus, these numerous treasures have been classified as UNESCO World Heritage Sites to ensure they’ll always be protected, and because they represent an exceptional interest for the common heritage of humanity.

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Top Places to Visit

Nosy Be

The seaside spot par excellence with beautiful properties, sublime landscapes, charming neighbouring islands and a very relaxed atmosphere. Located in the Mozambique Channel, near the north-western coast of Madagascar, the island is also called Ambariobe (big island) by its inhabitants. Nosy Be holds a lot of surprises in store for visitors. Forests with exceptional fauna and flora, the Lokobe Park and some volcanic lakes.

Baobabs Avenue

7 species of baobab trees are present in Madagascar, some are up to 800 years old. Along the dirt road between Morondava and Belon’i Tsiribihina in western Madagascar, these trees are one of Madagascar's most-seen attraction. They did not originally grew in isolation but stood in a dense tropical forest decades ago. The forest was cleared over the years for agriculture, leaving only these famous trees.

The Tsingy of Bemaraha

An ancient coral reef which was transformed into a stone forest sculpted by water, wind and time. It is one of the most astonishing landscapes in Madagascar and part of the country's largest natural reserve, the Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve. Also, the park is home to seven Lemur species, which of one is the Deckens sifaka, known for its creamy white fur and black face.

Andasibe-Mantadia

Split into two areas, the Mantadia National Park and the Analamazoatra Reserve, this national park is located near to Madagascar's capital city. The forests of Andasibe-Mantadia impress with moist moss, ferns, trees of impressive heights and more than a hundred species of orchids that bloom between September and January. The unbeaten highlight, however, is the country’s largest lemur, the Indri.

Ranomafana National Park

Located in the south-eastern part of the island, this is the country's most popular national park. The landscape in the eastern part of the park is the most scenic, covered by densely forest hills, traversed by countless streams. Numerous birds, butterflies, bats and lemurs are living in this park, which of one is the endangered bamboo lemur.

The Malagasy Highlands

From Tana, the capital, southwards on the Route Nationale 7, they stretch across the centre of the island. At an average altitude of 1,300m, it is the emblematic landscape of Madagascar with its rice terraces and small villages with red earthen houses and their thatched roofs. The atmosphere is one of pastel colours and shimmering light. An amazing road trip.

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