Special things to do and see in Madagascar
Madagascar is the only places to see lemurs, but in addition it’s excellent for unusual flora (baobabs and other spiny forest species), strange spiky limestone formations called tsingy, fabulous beaches and fascinating culture. Read about some of the wonderful things you can see and do in Madagscar.
When to go to Madagascar
The best time to come to Madagascar is from about April to December, avoiding the monsoon months of January to March. For general wildlife, we’d recommend June to October, but birders would be better off in November or December if you can cope with the heat.Read more
Places to go in Madagascar
Read about the highlights of this incredible country in our short summary guides to the main places to go.View more
Madagascar’s Beaches & Islands
Glorious beaches and idyllic Indian Ocean Islands might not be the first thing you think of when planning a trip to Madagascar. However, there are some stunning coastal spots and islands worthy of your attention; from Nosy Be to Manafiafy and many more in between.
Madagascar is best known as a wildlife destination. From the teeny tiny mouse lemur to the largest of the island’s mammals, the fossa. With a huge array of chameleons and much more in between nature lovers can’t go wrong. There is such variety in wildlife throughout Madagascar, that a holiday here never gets boring.
Madagascar’s Towns & Culture
Madagascar is the world’s fourth largest island, over twice the size of the UK. The culture of the island is a fusion that reflects the melting pot of influences over the centuries from east Africa and southeast Asia.
Madagascar’s Habitat & Landscape
Madagascar really is quite unlike anywhere else on earth. The unique and varied landscape plays host to a diverse range of flora and fauna, some of which will not be found anywhere else on the planet.
Places we love to stay in Madagascar
Here you’ll find a small collection of our favourite places to stay in Madagascar, though as an independent tour operator specialising in tailor-made holidays, we actually sell a much wider choice of Madagascan properties than we show.View more
Vakona Forest Lodge
Mandrare River Camp
Les Dunes dIfaty
Masoala Forest Lodge
Anakao Ocean Lodge
Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge
Isalo Rock Lodge
Princesse Bora Lodge and Spa
Le Soleil des Tsingy
Facts and information
Flights from Europe to Madagascar take about 10/11 hours.
Malagasy and French are Madagascar's official languages. English or German is spoken by a municipal workers and guides.A basic working knowledge of French will make communication easier.
GMT +3 hours
Most nationalities require a Madagascar visa, obtainable from the High Commission in London (or on arrival into International Airport.
Malaria is present in most of the country. No vaccinations are compulsory.
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