6 Reasons to visit Madagascar
Madagascar is the world’s fourth largest island and home to an astounding 5% of the world’s plant and animal species. Most of the weird and wonderful fauna and flora can only be seen in Madagascar. This is a land of warm and friendly people, beautiful beaches and incredible natural wonders. The best times to visit are between March and December. Peak season is from August to November.
Forest walks in the night and day for wildlife viewing
Beach activities, scuba diving, snorkelling, whale watching and sport fishing
Cultural activities (visiting sacred forests, villages, schools, local markets and artisans)
Why visit Madagascar?
- Endemic species: Madagascar is home to 5% of the world’s plant and animal species, 80% of which are endemic to the island. There are many weird and wonderful creatures to discover here including over 100 lemur species, 285 bird species, fossa, over 300 species of reptile, 1,000 orchid species and more.
- Unique culture: Malagasy culture is a unique blend of South East Asian and African cultures that is very far removed from our own European and North American cultures. The heavy emphasis on tradition and ritual is fascinating and an intrinsic part of Malagasy everyday life.
- Fabulous beaches: Nestled between the Indian Ocean and the Mozambique Channel, Madagascar offers a beautiful array of white sand beaches, azure waters and coral reefs. With the fairly underdeveloped tourism sector, if you wander off the beaten track, you will likely have this paradise all to yourself.
- Stunning landscapes: With the unreal beauty of the Tsingy, lush rainforests, otherworldly spiny forests, towering baobabs, white sand beaches, mountains and plains; the red island offers one-of-a-kind landscapes that are a photographer’s dream come true.
- A walking holiday: Wildlife holidays to Africa often involve sitting in a car all day. In Madagascar the majority of your wildlife viewing will be done on foot in the island’s diverse forests, getting you closer to nature. You’ll also come back from holiday feeling fit and energised. Walks range from a gentle stroll through the forest to fairly strenuous hikes through astonishing limestone formations.
- Safety: Madagascar offers a gentle introduction to African wildlife holidays as there are no dangerous animals, insects or reptiles.
Courtesy of Madagascar Classic Collection
Image Credit: Mandrare River Camp