Madagascar tailor-made holidays
Madagascar is the world's fourth largest island. It divided from India 60 million years ago and since then has been sailing across the Indian Ocean back to Africa, its distinctive wildlife evolving in isolation.
The result of this seclusion is an extraordinary mix of animals, up to 85 per cent of which is found in Madagascar alone. Here you can see the worlds largest chameleon - and the world's smallest if you're lucky - colourful frogs and lizards, magnificent tropical birds and of course, Madagascar's most famous residents, the lemur, of which there are over 50 species.
With rainforest to the east, deciduous forest to the west and highlands in between, this fabulous island nation is one of the world's key conservation projects. Baobab trees are another distinctive sight. As such, Madagascar travel plans are often focussed on the country's impressive national parks and nature reserves.
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Where to go in Madagascar
Madagascar is fringed with a number of smaller tropical islands. Holidays to Madagascar, so dominated by trekking and wildlife watching, always benefit from a few lazy days on a beach, toes dipped into the clear and warm waters.
Madagascar, described as ‘Noah's Ark adrift in the Indian Ocean', is home to an amazing variety of flora and fauna, the majority of which is endemic to Madagascar alone. The country's special species are best seen in the national parks and wildlife reserves, of which the country has 44 in total.
Antananarivo is Madagascar's hillside capital. Looking across the highland plains, the city reaches a summit of 2,643 metres - so you'll keep fit exploring it. You might be tempted to hail one of the white 2CV and Renault 5 taxis one in a while, the most obvious hangover from the days of French rul…
Top itineraries in Madagascar
Just off Africa's east coast lies Madagascar, a land of arid desert, tropical rainforest and mist-shrouded mountains - best known for its peculiar wildlife, most of which cannot be found anywhere else on earth.
Having drifted away from the African mainland many millions of years ago, Madagascar has evolved along its own unique path, and more than 80% of its flora and fauna are found nowhere else on earth. By far the most famous are its loveable lemurs, of which there are 53 known varieties. As likely to c…
Top places to stay in Madagascar
This hidden gem, located in the breathtaking Quirimbas Archipelago, offers guests a unique ‘Robinson Crusoe’ experience and the very best of barefoot luxury living in one of Mozambique’s most spectacular island destinations.
Three historic mansions, each more than 150 years old, have been lovingly restored to create a boutique island experience on beautiful Ibo Island in the heart of the Quirimbas Archipelago that exudes colonial elegance and style.
Set in a wonderful location, high up in southwest Madagascar's beautiful Sandstone Mountains, Isalo Rock Lodge is a modern, luxurious retreat with magnificent views over the Isalo National Park.
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