Madagascar

Madagascar is quite simply like no other place on earth. It has evolved into one of the world's premier destinations for natural history travel. As the fourth largest Island in the world, it is separated from Africa by miles of ocean and is home to an astounding 5% of the world's plant and animal species including over 100 species of Lemur (and one that sounds like a police siren!) and 7 of the world's 9 species of Baobab Tree. Bizarre creatures such as hissing cockroaches dwell in Madagascar as well as many species of chameleon.

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Madagascar Highlights

  • 5% of the world's plant and animal species
  • Over 100 species of Lemur
  • Home of the world's biggest baobab and two thirds of the world's chameleon species
  • Rich and fascinating culture - a mix of African, Arab and Indian origin
  • Spectacular whale watching
  • Beautiful beaches offering swimming, snorkeling and surfing
  • Dramatic geography - from jungle and dry forests to swamps and lagoons

There are four main areas of Madagascar: highlands in the central area, open dry savannah in the west coast, the east coast is all rainforest and the southern tip is semi-arid. The country is fringed with gorgeous sandy beaches and with colourful reefs. This contrasting scenery is home to several national parks which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, since over 80% of the flora and fauna species found on the island of Madagascar are endemic. This mades Madagascar entirely unique and perfect for lovers of nature.

Renowned for its rich and fascinating culture, and a combination of over 18 different ethnic groups, the friendliness and hospitality of the Malagasy people is legendary. A blend of South East Asian and African culture, the traditions and rituals are fascinating.

Tourism takes many forms in Madagascar, notably for its stunning beaches, adventure tourism, sports and culture and of course eco and wildlife tourism. It offers an excellent twin centre destination when combined with some of our safari options in the Kruger, & Masai Mara and even works well with Mauritius.

Visitors to Madagascar can expect incredibly diverse landscapes, amazing beaches, scenery and wildlife, an abundance of natural parks and a rich culture and heritage that is sure to leave a lasting impression.

Quick Facts

  • Arrival airports: Antananarivo
  • Time difference: EST +8 Hours
  • Travel time: approx. 20 hours from New York
  • Visas: Required for United States citizens

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Holiday to Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Seychelles, Tanzania & Zimbabwe

David Clemons

Since 2007 we have been traveling and we've been to well over 125 countries and islands. This trip was the big one, the one that took me the most amount of time, money, energy, you make it. My expectations were extremely high, I planned this trip 3 years ago and slowly pieced it together over the years, and divine intervention I bumped into Claire and Mahlatini and ultimately this trip…

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