Madagascar is a large island country situated just off the coast of Southeast Africa. The archipelago comprises one large island and many smaller, peripheral islands. Of all the islands in the archipelago, Nosy Be is considered the most popular. The island has year-round warm and sunny weather, and offers a variety of water-based activities such as snorkelling, diving and sailing. The small island boasts many glorious landscapes waiting to be explored, including acres of lush rainforests, vanilla plantations and gushing waterfalls.
The best time to visit Madagascar is between April and May. This sees the end of the rainy season, leaving flourishing greenery and lovely, tropical weather. For hotter weather and the perfect opportunity to visit the beautiful beaches, a vacation around December would be more suitable.
Having developed in relative isolation, Madagascar is a biodiversity hotspot with vast amounts of endemic fauna and flora. The island is home to over 200’000 different wildlife species and more than 10’000 plant species. Of this, over 90% are found nowhere else on Earth! From granite outcrops and red soil in the central highlands to lush rainforests along the East coast, baobab trees and lake vegetations, the World’s smallest chameleon and dancing lemurs – Madagascar is nothing if not unique.
Why We Love Madagascar
Madagascar is a nature-lover’s paradise and a photographer’s heaven on Earth. Home to some of the most beautiful landscapes, diverse ecosystems and rarest wildlife on the planet, Madagascar promises a holiday like no other. The sheer amount of flora and fauna found on the island make for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
With only 200’000 tourists visiting each year, Madagascar is still largely untouched by Western influence. Thus, visitors to the island will be sure to have a quiet stay in a natural environment, away from the usual hordes of tourists. Apart from the island’s amazing scenery and animal life, Madagascar is also a melting pot of cultures and traditions. With more than 18 ethnic groups, the Malagasy culture is a blended mix of African, Arab and Indian origin with some of the friendliest locals around.
Madagascar has a number of international airports, one of which is located in the island’s capital city of Antananarivo. Air France is the most popular airline to use, offering flights from Europe, Middle East, Asia, Africa and the Americas. The airports in Majunga, Diego Suarez and Tamatave handle flights from Réunion, Mauritius and the Comoros on the Air Madagascar airline.
Accommodation and Activities
From mobile camping to beach resorts, Madagascar offers various types of accommodation. Though the overall standard of accommodation is slightly lower than mainland Africa, the charm and character make up for this. Many of the lodgings are environmentally-friendly or eco-lodges, opting to forgo the usual luxuries of televisions and kettles in the rooms. But the amazing proximity to nature and the picturesque scenery cannot be beaten.
Owing to its many natural attractions, Madagascar boasts a large assortment of fun activities and unmissable sites. Whether it’s a relaxing beach getaway or a rugged adventure, the island caters to your every need and interest. Relax on the pristine beaches of Nosy Be; be amazed by the towering trees along Avenue of the Baobabs; embark on glorious hikes through green rainforests; or witness huge groups of lemurs at one of the many national parks.
Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge, Mahatalaky: Manafiafy is a small lodge surrounded by dazzling blue seas, verdant rainforests and an abundance of wildlife. The five rooms lead directly onto white-sand beaches and promise the utmost in natural luxury. The lodge also offers a host of activities such as whale watching, lemur spotting, rainforest hikes and snorkeling.
Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, Antananarivo: The national park spans over 155 kms and consists mostly of rainforest. The park is perhaps best known for its fantastic sightings of the indri lemur. Just a 3 hour drive from Antananarivo, Andasibe-Mantadia is also easily accessible and a lovely drive.
A two-week trip to Madagascar is plenty of time to enjoy the island, see all of the attractions and explore the smaller neighbouring islands, too. But as per usual, all of our packages are tailor-made to fit our guests’ needs and interests,.
Below is an example of our favourite trip:
16 Day Madagascar Rainforest & Northern Contrast: R 70 500 / $ 5 220 / € 4 640 / £ 4 020
Our 15 Day Package includes overnight stays in Antananarivo, Perinet Special Reserve, Amber Mountain National Park, Ankarana Reserve and Nosy Be, and includes a host of exciting activities.
Includes: Accommodation on a B&B + dinner basis, return transfers from airports to accommodation, domestic flights and selected activities.
Please visit our Madagascar website to browse our exciting itineraries and our recommended accommodation, or simply contact one of our Madagascar specialist consultants for assistance with planning the perfect holiday.