Madagascar is blessed with abundant wildlife and plantlife, with about 80% unique to the island. On this, the world’s fourth largest island, you’ll see species you’ll encounter nowhere else on earth.
Rather like the Galapagos Islands, life on this remote spot, which broke away from the mainland some 160 million years ago, has evolved in its own way, largely free from outside influences. There are very few large predators, one reason for the sheer abundance of wildlife. You’ll find dozens of species of chameleon, frog, bat, butterfly and snake, and the animal with which Madagascar is most strongly linked, the lemur, with over 100 species and subspecies on the island.
This diversity is mirrored by the flora, including thousands of exotic orchids. As well as rainforests, there are steep canyons, stunning rock formations, mountains, lakes and valleys. All this makes Madagascar a prime destination for nature lovers. But that’s not all. There are superb beaches, excellent dive sites, opportunities for watersports, boat trips and rock climbing.
As the island is so large getting around can be something of a challenge, but there is an extensive network of flights linking different regions to make covering large distances easier.
See lemurs, chameleons and orchids, enjoy forest hikes, speedboat rides and relaxed beach time – all in just 12 precious days.
A comprehensive overview of Madagascar's flora, fauna and landscapes, this trip is very hard to beat.
Escape to the remote northwest coast where you'll stay at a gorgeous Relais & Chateaux hotel on the beach.
A wonderful tour through the dry forest, baobabs and 'tsingy' of western Madagascar with chances to see unique wildlife species.
Discover the varied scenery, amazing wildlife and different ciultures of Madagascar in this 10 day taster tour.
Below you’ll find some of our very favourite places to stay in Madagascar. However you can also see our full directory of properties by clicking the ‘All Places to Stay’ button.
A modern hotel with good facilities, located just a 10-minute drive from the entrance to Andasibe National Park.
A beautiful resort of rosewood villas in tranquil gardens on Madagascar's remote and unspoilt northwest coast.â€‹
A charming 5-room hotel that oozes style, where you can rest by the pool, stroll along the beach and enjoy some superb food.
A lovely beach lodge just 10 minutes from Ifaty village in Madagascar's south west.
You'll enjoy a warm welcome here, one of the best hotels in Isalo which offers great value for money.
A stylish beach lodge in Ifaty in south west Madagascar.
Satrana Lodge offers tented accommodation evocative of an African safari and is superbly placed for visiting Isalo National Park.
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Time: GMT +3 hours
Flight time: Flights from Europe to Madagascar take about 10/11 hours.
Language: 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.
Visas: Most nationalities require a Madagascar visa, obtainable from the High Commission in London (or on arrival into International Airport.
Health: Malaria is present in most of the country. No vaccinations are compulsory.