Madagascar

Evolution has occurred more or less in isolation on this remote island – located 400 kilometres off Africa’s east coast – with the result that much of its indigenous wildlife is found nowhere else on earth. Madagascar’s menagerie of weird and wonderful creatures includes the world’s biggest and smallest chameleons and over 70 species of lemur – long-tailed primates endemic to the island. The Madagascan landscape is no less compelling than the resident wildlife, with terrain ranging from lush jungles and palm-fringed beaches to the knife-edged karst tsingys of the Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park’s ‘stone forests’. Madagascar is an otherworldly paradise where visitors are offered a unique glimpse into a fantastical one-of-a-kind world.

Travel Information

Electricity

In Madagascar, the two-pronged plug and the European standard socket are the most used with a tension of 220 volts (but it may go down to 170 volts in…

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Banking

CurrencyThe official currency of Madagascar since 2005 is the Malagasy Ariary (MGA), which has been reintroduced to replace the Malagasy franc….

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Cuisine

Madagascar’s cuisine is traditionally based on rice, that are served with some kind of dressings, vegetables, meat and spicy seasoning. Malagasy enjoy…

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Climate

Any time of year is fine for a visit except from January to March, when heavy rainfall in many areas can make some roads all but impassable, and when there’s…

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Transport

Madagascar is a huge place, the roads are bad and travel times long: it takes 24 hours of solid driving from Antananarivo (Tana) to Diego Suarez (Antsiranana),…

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Dress

To cope with the Madagascan climate, lightweights should be worn during the summer on high central plateaux and throughout the year in the north and south….

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Regions

Andasibe

Located in eastern Madagascar in the Moramanga District, the small village of Andasibe is surrounded by a belt of protected rainforest and several parks boasting incredible natural scenery and an array of exotic Madagascan wildlife. It serves as an excellent base from which to explore the spectacularly scenic surrounds. Visitors can…

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Ankarana Reserve

Situated in northern Madagascar, the Ankarana Reserve is set on a magnificent plateau made up of 150-million-year-old Jurassic limestone. This unspoilt landscape is known for its otherworldly fields of ‘tsingy’- spiky karst pinnacle rock formations – cloaking hidden forested canyons boasting a network of subterranean rivers. These isolated canyon pockets are…

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Antananarivo

Antananarivo, also known as Tana, is Madagascar’s capital city. It is perched at 1400 metres above sea level crowning a spectacular mountain range. Founded in 1625, Antananarivo boasts a rich historical heritage that is complemented by scenic landscapes covered in a large network of popular hiking routes. The city serves as…

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Antananarivo

Antananarivo, also known as Tana, is Madagascar’s capital city. It is perched at 1400 metres above sea level crowning a spectacular mountain range. Founded in 1625, Antananarivo boasts a rich historical heritage that is complemented by scenic landscapes covered in a large network of popular hiking routes. The city serves as…

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Antsirabe

Perched in the Central Highlands, Antsirabe serves as the capital of the Vakinankaratra Region. Known as the ‘Malagasy Vichy’ because of its numerous hot springs and thermal baths, Madagascar’s third largest city offers tourists a bustling and gritty atmosphere in a setting reminiscent of the Belle Epoque. The city can be…

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Antsiranana

Close to the northern tip of Madagascar, the French colonial city of Antsiranana, also known as Diego Suarez, is home to the second largest natural bay in the world. Antsiranana offers stunning views of the Indian Ocean and has its very own offshore Sugar Loaf Island, or Nosy Lonja. Visitors can…

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Bekopaka

Set close to the southern boundary of the Tsingy of Bemaraha National Park, the town of Bekopaka lies in the district of Antsalova, Madagascar. It offers visitors a host of comfortable accommodation options and serves as an excellent base for exploring the spectacular Tsingy of Bemaraha National Park, a world-renowned UNESCO…

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Belo sur Tsiribihina

Located on the Tsiribihina Estuary on Madagascar’s West Coast, Belo Tsirihibina, also called Belo Sur Tsirihibina or Belon'i Tsiribihina is a town and commune in the Menabe region. The town is set just 100 kilometres north of the picturesque town of Morondava. It is a transport hub and serves as a…

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Fianarantsoa

Located in south central Madagascar, the royal 19th-century city of Fianarantsoa has grown over the years to become Madagascar’s cultural and intellectual hub. Serving as Madagascar’s third largest city, Fianarantsoa is home to numerous schools and academic establishments, impressive colonial architecture, and more churches per square metre than any other city…

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Isalo National Park

Within the southwestern Ihorombe region, this national park is known for its varied and unique terrain. Centuries of wind and rain erosion have whittled the landscape of Isalo National Park into a series of deep gorges, vast canyons and bizarrely shaped sandstone rock formations, punctuated by palm-lined oases and sprawling grasslands….

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Joffreville

Neighbouring the Amber Mountain National Park, the Joffreville village lies four kilometres from its entrance. This former French colonial town offers comfortable accommodation options in character-filled heritage buildings. The surrounding landscape features forested mountains, valleys and lush woodlands. The sleepy town of Joffreville serves as an excellent base for those wishing…

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Kirindy Private Reserve

With the Mozambique Channel to its west and encircled by lush natural landscapes, the Kirindy Private Reserve lies on Madagascar's beautiful western coast. This privately managed reserve provides a sanctuary for a host of endangered ecosystems namely dry deciduous forests, and a collection of wildlife which includes the giant jumping rat,…

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Mahambo

Situated in the Analanjirofo Region in Madagascar, Mahambo is a coastal town as well as the name of the commune it resides in. This unspoilt village has retained its traditional charm making it the perfect relaxing hideaway. Visitors can look forward to an array of activities including relaxing on the pristine…

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Manakara

Set along Madagascar's east coast, the city of Manakara serves as the capital of the Vatovavy-Fitovinany region. It makes for a convenient stopover for visitors travelling on the famous Fianarantsoa-Cote Est (FCE) Railway. It provides an excellent base and jumping off point for those wishing to explore the natural riverscapes and…

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Miandrivazo

The lush, hilly town of Miandrivazo is found in the district of the same name, towards the centre of the island. This is said to be the hottest region in Madagascar, making breezy boat trips on a pirogue or motorboat, down the nearby Tsiribihina River, the area’s most popular activity. The…

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Morondava

The seaside town of Morondova is situated on the west coast of Madagascar. The town serves as a gateway to the area’s claim to fame and main attraction: the world-renowned ‘Avenue of the Baobabs’. These massive, ancient Baobab trees tower over the terrain and create magical otherworldly silhouettes at sunrise and…

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Nosy Be

Nosy Be’s is Madagascar’s most popular tourist destination, located off Madagascar’s northwestern coast, this small island is blessed with exquisite sand beaches, glittering volcanic lakes and diverse flora and fauna. Nosy Be has remained refreshingly unspoilt and free of rampant development, with low-key beach bungalows outnumbering the glitzy commercial resorts. Most…

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Ranomafana National Park

Situated in the southeastern region of Madagascar, Ranomafana National Park is one of Madagascar’s most popular national parks. Spanning 41 600-plus hectares of tropical rainforest featuring an array of rare and exotic fauna and flora. Established to conserve this unique biodiversity and subsequently declared a World Heritage Site in 2007, the…

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Sahambavy

Resting in the southeastern inland region of Madagascar, the quiet village town of Sahambavy is known for its stunning scenery, picturesque farms and for being a convenient base from which to explore the town of Fianaratsoa. Surrounded by purple mountain peaks juxtaposed against rolling green tea fields, the idyllic charm of…

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Sainte Marie Island

This long, narrow island off Madagascar’s east coast might be just the piece of heaven you’re looking for. Also known as Nosy Boraha, its lush islets, bays and coves will provide the same privacy and mystique they did for the legendary pirates that held out here after their plunders in days…

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The Pangalanes Canal

Extending down the eastern coast of Madagascar, the Pangalanes Canal is a series of natural rivers, man-made lakes and waterways measuring roughly 600 kilometres. It is primarily a working canal (used for fishing and transportation), but it’s worth an excursion to experience a number of unspoilt beaches and small villages on…

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Tsaranoro Valley

Neighbouring the Andringitra National Park in southern Madagascar, the Tsaranoro Valley is best known for its excellent rock climbing routes and its spectacularly scenic hiking trails. Climbers flock to the valley from all corners of the globe for a chance to traverse the impressive rock walls. Nature lovers can look forward…

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