Madagascar Guide

Where whales swim off white sandy beaches, lemurs live in protected rainforests and the perfume of spices fill the air, Madagascar is a tropical paradise like no other. Once visited, never forgotten.

Madagascar Destinations

Explore vast areas of unique plant and animal life, experience the rich cultural heritage, swim in turquoise lagoons and kickback on glorious beaches. As they say in Malagasy, 'Soava dia'. Have a good journey.

Madagascar Activities

Diving among coral reefs, kitesurfing on blue lagoons, wildlife spotting in rainforests, exploring on motor bikes, Madagascar offers action and adventure combined with stunning locations.

Madagascar Culture

Steeped in culture with a diverse background of African, Asian and French influences, a visit to Madagascar is a voyage in ancient traditions, historical customs and colourful rituals.

Madagascar Destination Guide

The fourth largest island in the world, 450km east of Africa in the Indian Ocean, Madagascar is a geographically diverse paradise, also known as the Eighth Continent featuring unique wildlife, stunning beaches and a rich culture. For where to go in Madagascar, top places to see and visit in Madagascar, whether remote fishing villages, spotting rare lemurs or staying in luxury hotels, this is the definitive guide for what to do and see in Madagascar.
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Madagascar Guide

Madagascar divides naturally into FIVE different regions for travel, sight-seeing and adventure.

Simply click on a region on the map to find out more.

Please note on a tablet / mobile you will have to use these links 

With 592,000 km ² of breathtaking landscape including lofty mountains, lakes, waterfalls and tropical rainforest plus a unique ecosystem and colourful culture, Madagascar offers some of the most varied and exciting sights in the world. To do Madagascar, though, as a one or two week vacation, it's best to plan a region - or regions - to visit according to what you want to experience.

Situated in the Indian Ocean off the coast of East Africa with the equator close to the north of the island gives Madagascar its unique geography and a varied climate that can change from region to region with long dry seasons and intense rainfall depending on where and when you travel.

Whatever time of year there is a benefit. Enjoy the extraordinary variety of birdlife from September to November, watch magnificient Boss whales off the coast from July to September and Whale sharks from October to December, or marvel at the flowering orchids during the cyclone season from January to March.

International airlines including Air Madagascar, fly into Ivato airport, 20km north of the capital, Antananarivo (Tana). From here small aircraft take you to the different regions - or the really intrepid traveller can take a car, bus or motorbike but be aware that some of the roads can be challenging.

You'll have the trip of a lifetime wherever you go in Madagascar, whether you stay in the Central region for scenic landscapes and history, go North for beaches and mountains, head West to some of the clearest waters of the Mozambique Canal, fly South for surreal vegetation and sunshine or travel East for spices and luxurious tropical vegetation.

For a more detailed travel guide to the regions of Madagascar, click on the map or the links below:

Madagascar Highlights

At this unique natural pilgrimage site, lush vegetation, come and discover Malagasy fauna and flora in an easy accessible way via the “Baobab Valley Tour

Baobab Valley Tour - Diego Suarez

At this unique natural pilgrimage site, come and discover Malagasy fauna and flora in an easy accessible way via the “Baobab Valley Tour". The vegetation is lush. The forests are abundant and contain an impressive number of local and regional endemic species.....

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Its exceptional biodiversity, make Marojejy National Park a paradise for mountain lovers and an exceptional landmark for the most exigent naturalists

The Marojejy National Park: a Wonder of Nature

Its wild and rugged character as well as its exceptional biodiversity, make Marojejy National Park a paradise for mountain lovers and an exceptional landmark for the most exigent naturalists. Described as "a wonder of nature", this UNESCO World Heritage site is found in the northeast of Madagascar.....

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Ambatozavavy is a village of fishermen and farmers, located north-east of Nosy Be, 11km from Hell Ville. En route to Ampasipohy and a visit Lokobe Park

Ambatozavavy - Nosy-Be

Ambatozavavy is a village of fishermen and farmers, located north-east of Nosy Be, 11km from Hell Ville. En route to Ampasipohy and a visit Lokobe Park, this village is mainly known for the stone that gave it its name: "Ambatozavavy", a combination of "Vato" (stone or rock) and "zavavy" (woman). Therefore, the name of the village would mean "Female Rock".....

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Andapa is one of the districts that make up the SAVA region (Sambava, Antalaha, Vohémar, Andapa), in the north of Madagascar

Andapa

Andapa is one of the districts that make up the SAVA region (Sambava, Antalaha, Vohémar, Andapa), in the north of Madagascar. It is a city with a discreet charm and incredible riches born from discovery and contemplation.....

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Sakalava Bay is one of Madagascar's most beautiful wind and surf spots, known in the Indian Ocean and around the world. An ideal place to learn kitesurfing

Sakalava Bay - Water Sports Paradise

Sakalava Bay is one of Madagascar's most beautiful wind and surf spots, known in the Indian Ocean and around the world. It is also an ideal place to learn kitesurfing.....

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A crystal clear sea, ideal for diving, tropical vegetation, a white sandy beach and multi-coloured shells. This is Nosy Iranja, a piece of paradise

Nosy Iranja - A PIECE OF PARADISE

A crystal clear sea, ideal for diving, tropical vegetation, a white sandy beach and multi-coloured shells. This is Nosy Iranja, a piece of paradise.....

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A trip to Nosy Fanihy, an uninhabited island setting with an atmosphere of total peace and calm, is like a real life Robinson Crusoe experience

Nosy Fanihy

A trip to Nosy Fanihy, an uninhabited island setting with an atmosphere of total peace and calm, is like a real life Robinson Crusoe experience.....

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Find out more about sugar-cane as a crop in Madagascar a visit to the town of Ambilobe is a must. Ambilobe is a well-known for its rum production

Ambilobe - City of Rhumerie

For those wishing to find out more about sugar-cane as a crop in Madagascar a visit to the town of Ambilobe is a must. Ambilobe is a well-known for its rum production, a side-product of sugarcane, to be consumed in moderation.

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You will have a stunning panoramic view over the northern tip of Madagascar, with the Mozambique Channel to the left and the Indian Ocean to the right

The Mountain of Life - Montagne d'Ambre

From the peak of the Montagne d’Ambre, you will have a stunning panoramic view over the northern tip of Madagascar, with the Mozambique Channel to the left and the Indian Ocean to the right.....

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Discover the four islands of the Radama archipelago where you’ll find deserted beaches, clear lagoons and exotic fish

Paradise Found - Îles Radama

Discover the four islands of the Radama archipelago where you’ll find deserted beaches, clear lagoons and exotic fish.....

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A trip through Madagascar's vanilla trail is an exceptional adventure. The point of departure is Amboangimbe, an extremely well-known village in the north

A trip scented with vanilla - Amboangimbe

A trip through Madagascar's vanilla trail is an exceptional adventure. The point of departure is Amboangimbe, an extremely well-known village in the north of the island. This region has Madagascar’s largest area of land devoted to this high-quality export crop, well known throughout the world.....

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Exploring a stunning landscape with the impression that no one else has ever set foot there before you is still possible in Madagascar.

The Treasures of Bemanevika

Exploring a stunning landscape with the impression that no one else has ever set foot there before you is still possible in Madagascar. Bemanevika is a region where you will be constantly delighted and amazed. Nestling at the heart of a volcanic region, Bemanevika has a unique ecosystem, with forests, savannah grassland, lakes, bogs and marshes, forming an extraordinary natural environment.....

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The island of Nosy Tanikely, which literally means ‘small land’, has been blessed with enchanting scenery, that you will soon forget its small size

The National Marine reserve of Nosy Tanikely

The island of Nosy Tanihely, which literally means ‘small land’, has been blessed with enchanting scenery, so much so that you will soon forget its small size. Its reputation is due to its magnificent soft white sandy beaches, where you can sunbathe or simply relax. But behind this dream setting, there lies a wealth of other extraordinary treasures. Welcome to the National Marine Reserve of Nosy Tanikely, one of Madagascar’s marine hot spot!.....

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The precious stones are the objects of desire and the fragrance of vanilla wafts above the streets of the town

Beauty And Wealth In One Place - Vohemar

The precious stones are the objects of desire and the fragrance of vanilla wafts above the streets of the town. Vohémar is a destination that promises a peaceful stay in a tropical atmosphere.....

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Built in 1911 between 1963 and 2005 in a heavenly spot, the penitentiary of Nosy Lava used to house an average of 1600 convicts. Now It welcomes tourists

From Penitentiary To Tourists Attraction - Nosy Lava

Built in 1911 between 1963 and 2005 in a heavenly spot, the penitentiary of Nosy Lava used to house an average of 1600 convicts. Since it was closed down, the former prison has been welcoming tourists, who come to enjoy the extraordinary beauty of the island and explore its three exotic little villages.....

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It is no secret that Madagascar harbours areas of extraordinary natural wealth. The new protected area of Loky Manambaton is one of these

Nature In All Its Glory - Loky Manambato

It is no secret that Madagascar harbours areas of extraordinary natural wealth. The new protected area of Loky Manambato is one of these: a true treasure trove for you to discover.....

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The Special Nature Reserve of Marotandrano presents an exceptional concentration of habitats and rare species. It covers an area of 42.200 hectares.

A very special place - Marotandrano

The Special Nature Reserve of Marotandrano presents an exceptional concentration of habitats and rare species. It covers an area of 42.200 hectares, with a high degree of endemicity and a stunning number of beautiful animals and plants.....

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Made-to-measure for lovers of unspoilt natural surroundings and anyone hankering for adventure, the promise of a unique and unforgettable experience.

Unforgettable - Special reserve of Ankarana

Made-to-measure for lovers of unspoilt natural surroundings and anyone hankering for adventure, the Special Reserve of Ankarana promises a unique and unforgettable experience.....

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Sambava leaves nobody indifferent. The naturally-friendly population,the floating fragrance of vanilla and the unusual architecture of its streets

Wake up and smell the Vanilla in-Sambava

Sambava is a town that leaves nobody indifferent. The naturally-friendly population, the specific character of its environmental resources including the floating fragrance of vanilla and the unusual architecture of its streets give it an undeniable charm.....

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Baobab trees growing on tiny islands, giant mushroom shaped rocks and beautiful coral are just some of the attractions of Madagascar's 'Bay of Halong'.

Baie de Moromba-Welcome to Little Vietnam

Baobab trees growing on tiny islands, giant mushroom shaped rocks and beautiful coral are just some of the attractions of Madagascar's 'Bay of Halong'. The Bay of Moramba, with its strange sandstone rock formations, is nicknamed Madagascar's 'Bay of Halong’. In this extraordinarily beautiful spot, you will find baobab trees growing on tiny islands that look out over the pristine waters of the bay. At low tide, you can marvel at the giant mushroom-shaped rocks with their base eroded away, defying the laws of physics. You wonder how they manage to remain standing.....

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Madagascar Culture

From time-tested techniques for creating bricks to the passed down craft of making fishing schooners to ritual dances, traditional headwear and after death rituals, Madagascar is rich in the sort of culture that money can't buy. To invest in some time to discover Madagascar's traditional ways of life click here.

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Lake Ambinanibe which means

Lake Ambinanibe - The best wave spot in Fort-Dauphin

Seven kilometres from the town of Fort-Dauphin, Lake Andriambe, also known as "Lake Ambinanibe" which in Malagasy means "the great pass" since it communicates with the ocean, is an ideal place for those who love peace and quiet – and nature. The best wave spot in Fort-Dauphin, it is well known by surf lovers.....

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A typical Malagasy city, a western flair due to the many cattle, goats & sheep
that are kept in this arid landscape. Ampanihy is famous for its mohair rugs

Ampanihy - The City of Mohair rugs

A typical Malagasy city, it has a western flair due to the many cattle, goats and sheep that are kept in this arid landscape. But Ampanihy is famous for its mohair rugs. Here, livestock farming is part of the daily life of the locals.....

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The peak of Saint Louis in Fort-Dauphin rises to an altitude of 529 metres and offers a panorama across the magnificent bays of Sainte-Luce or Lokaro.

Pic Saint Louis - Fort Dauphin

The peak of Saint Louis in Fort-Dauphin rises to an altitude of 529 metres and offers a panorama across the magnificent bays of Sainte-Luce or Lokaro. It also gives a view over the lush flora of this south-eastern part of Madagascar and in particular of the Berenty and Andohahela reserves.....

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Itampolo is characterized by its white sand dunes. There was a drought that lasted for several years, making the village famous as a paradisiacal desert

itampolo - In the heart of Mahafaly

Itampolo is characterized by its white sand dunes. There was a drought that lasted for several years, making the village famous as a paradisiacal desert. Nature has dried up two rivers and transformed the beaches, where the fine sand stretches as far as the eye can see, in front of crystal clear water and rows of coconut palms.....

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A site located 2km from the city of Farafangana, you can watch endemic lemurs such as the

The Manombo Reserve - Farafangana

So much Malagasy diversity! In the Manombo reserve, a site located 2km from the city of Farafangana, you can watch endemic lemurs such as the "Eulemur Albocallaris" or the "Varicia Variegata" or even 32 species of ants, snails and birds.....

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Its white sandy beach, calm and serene, lets you dream. Separated from the hinterland by what are known as the

Bosy Peninsula - Menabe

Its white sandy beach, calm and serene, lets you dream. Separated from the hinterland by what are known as the "five countries with seven mangrove species", the Bosy peninsula is lulled by a turquoise sea, full of fish.....

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Its biodiversity and the relief are second to none. The mountain chain harbours a surprising biotope and exceptionally rich fauna and flora

The Makay Mountain Chain

Its biodiversity and the relief are second to none. The mountain chain harbours a surprising biotope and exceptionally rich fauna and flora, with more than 80 species endemic to Madagascar, and it is now registered as a protected area of Madagascar.....

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With its lagoon surrounded by a coral reef about 100km long, Ifaty is one of the best seaside spots in the south-west of the island

Ifaty - SEASIDE SENSATIONS

With its lagoon surrounded by a coral reef about 100km long, located in the "sun region" of Madagascar, Ifaty is one of the best seaside spots in the south-west of the island. It is also an annual destination for whale watching.....

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