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.

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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

An unavoidable stopping point, Joffre Ville is a city nicknamed

Joffre Ville

An unavoidable stopping point, Joffre Ville is a city nicknamed "ghost town" as it seems to be frozen in time. Despite the dazzling development of the north of the island, here, time seems to have stopped.....

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Here Madagascans have built an exceptional site, that combines the environmental, education and tourism aspects: welcome to

Macolline: an Ecotourism Experience

Antalaha, the city of vanilla, is the pivotal place of the SAVA region in the north of Madagascar. Its name derives from the era of sailing-ships which implored (mitalaho) passage through the barrier of reefs offshore. Here Madagascans have built an exceptional site, that combines the environmental, education and tourism aspects: welcome to "Macolline"!.....

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The Green Lake or

The Green Lake

The Green Lake or "sacred lake of Andranotsara" is located seven kilometres south of the city of Vohémar, northeast of Madagascar. It is a rich lake side fauna and flora but also for the legends it conveys. Two good reasons to go and discover this site.....

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Ankify is the gateway to the idyllic town of Nosy Be. 18 kilometres from the city of Ambanja, 838 kilometres from the capital. It is the seaside resort

Ankify Seaside Resort

Ankify is the gateway to the idyllic town of Nosy Be. It is located 18 kilometres from the city of Ambanja, 838 kilometres from the capital. It is the seaside resort where economic and tourist actors meet, who travel to or from Nosy Be.....

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In Ambato peninsula, the primitive way of life of the population recalls the beauty of simplicity out of the tumults of the city. Calmness is the watchword

The Ambato Peninsula

Madagascar abounds in magnificent landscapes. The Ambato peninsula, located in the northwest of the Big Island and nestled at 26 meters above sea level, is an example. The arrival is pleasant, the roads and bridges are well maintained and all around the peninsula, punctuated by the sea, are settled the typically Malagasy fishing villages. The primitive way of life of the population, recalls the beauty of simplicity out of the tumults of the city. Calmness is the watchword.....

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A mangrove at the West coast, plays a vital role in protecting the land against erosion and at the same time serves as a nursery for many marine species

The Village of Antsahampano

Leading us to the province of Diégo-Suarez in the North of Madagascar (DIANA region), this tour allows to discover the mangrove of the West coast of Madagascar. This mangrove plays a vital role in protecting the land against erosion and at the same time serves as a nursery for many marine species.....

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A good position to observe the marine megafauna: Humpback whales, Omura whales, lots of dolphins, whale sharks, Manta and Mobula rays and other sea turtles

The Marine Life at Nosy Be

The Nosy Be Archipelago is well-known for its beautiful islands, unique beaches and relaxed lifestyle. This “Pearl of the Indian Ocean” is also a good position to observe the marine megafauna: Humpback whales, Omura whales, lots of dolphins, whale sharks, Manta and Mobula rays and other sea turtles appear to value these conditions of rich, calm waters, to live, feed and breed.....

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Nobody has yet experienced the paradise but there surely might be similarities to Nosy Tsarabanjina, a beautiful isolated island in the middle of the ocean

The Tsarabanjina Island

Nobody has yet experienced the paradise, but there surely might be similarities to Nosy Tsarabanjina, a beautiful isolated island in the middle of the ocean, located off the north-west of Madagascar. It is part of a myriad of small islettes that form the Archipelago Mitsio and is considered the most beautiful of them all.....

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Ambondromifehy represents the typical Malagasy life-style with a plenty of straw houses, small shops everywhere in-between and a few concrete buildings

Ambondromifehy

Taking the RN6 to the north of Madagascar will lead us to the village Ambondromifehy. More precisely, it is located 43 kilometers from Ambilobe, in the rural district of Anivorano North. With its 3000 inhabitants, Ambondromifehy represents the typical Malagasy life-style with a plenty of straw houses, small shops everywhere in-between, and just a few concrete buildings.....

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Nosy Saba which literally means

Nosy Saba

About 10 km off the west coast of Madagascar, 50 km south of the international airport of Nosy be, accessible by boat and private plane, there is Nosy Saba which literally means "Life is Sweet". The natural environment around this island of 130 hectares offers everything it takes, to fall in love with the beaches, the sea und its underwater space.....

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It is best known as a marine park and considered to be a true paradise. All islands of the Nosy Hara archipelago are made of limestone, called Tsingy

The Nosy Hara National Park

Nosy Hara is an island located north-west of Madagascar, in the DIANA Region. It is best known as a marine park and considered by visitors to be a true paradise. All islands of the Nosy Hara archipelago are made of limestone, called Tsingy.....

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It is waterfall with an altitude of more than 80 metres shaped like a succession of natural bathtubs. Do not hesitate to bathe here

Cascade of Good Fathers - Sambirano

Since the waterfall was discovered by priests, it was named the "Cascade of Good Fathers". It is one of the most beautiful waterfalls on the Big Island, with a difference in altitude of more than 80 metres shaped like a succession of natural bathtubs. Do not hesitate to bathe here. No wonder it is one of the most visited sites in the northern part of Madagascar.....

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It is located in Andapa, an area rich in agriculture. Rice growing, vanilla fields, coffee, fruit and vegetable plantations, fish farming and beekeeping

Ambatobe Mamy Antely - Great Honey Rock

Ambatobe Mamy Antely (great honey rock), is – as the name suggests – a great rock well known for its natural and pure honey. It is located 4km from the centre of Andapa, in the SAVA region, an area rich in agriculture. Rice growing, vanilla fields, coffee, fruit and vegetable plantations, fish farming and beekeeping make up the daily life of the villagers.....

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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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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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The Tsaranoro Valley is known for its hiking, climbing and paragliding sites. Listed internationally, it is one of the most famous spots in Madagascar

Tsaranoro Valley

A tourist attraction of Andringitra, the Tsaranoro Valley is known for its hiking, climbing and paragliding sites. Listed internationally, it is one of the most famous spots in Madagascar. Tsaranoro is located in the Vohitsoaka commune, near the Andringitra National Park, south of Fianarantsoa.....

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Until the end of 1998 there was just a hamlet in the Ilakaka area, stretching about 150km long and about 50km wide in the extension of the craggy mountains

Ilakaka City

Until the end of 1998 there was just a hamlet in the Ilakaka area, stretching about 150 km long and about 50 km wide in the extension of the craggy mountains of Isalo. The city is named after the river which crosses – and where today a great multitude of miners gather to sift their gravel.....

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This place has been trying for fifteen years to make its contribution to the development of the region, to protect and enhance the environmental heritage

Domaine de la Cascade

The Domaine de la Cascade encompasses an area of 125 hectares and is bordered by the last low altitude primary forest of the great south. Located near the city of Fort-Dauphin this place has been trying for fifteen years to make its contribution to the development of the region, to protect and enhance the environmental heritage.....

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It covers 40 hectares and benefits from an extraordinary botanical and animal diversity. We find a multitude of endemic species such as orchids, nepenthes

Sayadi Park in Fort Dauphin

Already since 1938 protected, the Sayadi Park is located 5 km from Fort Dauphin on the RN 12A. It covers 40 hectares and benefits from an extraordinary botanical and animal diversity. We find a multitude of endemic species such as orchids, nepenthes (carnivorous plants), ravinalas (traveler's trees), pandanus, and palms.....

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The Cultural Museum is connected with the University of Tulear, more precisely to the Center for Documentation and Research on Art and Oral Traditions

Toliara Cultural Museum

Tulear, capital of the Atsimo Andrefana Region and capital of the old province, is a quiet city whose hospitality is admirable. These people will welcome you because you are their "Longo" (friends). The Cultural Museum is connected with the University of Tulear, more precisely to the CeDRATOM or Center for Documentation and Research on Art and Oral Traditions, the Museum of Arts and Traditions of the South.....

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Ambakivao is a small fishing village located between the Tsiribihina River and the Mozambique Channel. It consists of five hamlets or encampments

The Ambakivao Mangrove

Ambakivao is a small fishing village located between the Tsiribihina River and the Mozambique Channel. It consists of five hamlets or encampments, belonging to the Delta Community, in the Belo / Tsiribihina district, at the Eastern Centre of the Menabe region. There are about 300 mainly Vezo tribe households that live mainly from sea fishing but also hunt freshwater fishes, shrimps and crabs.....

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The excursion to Anony Lake will lead you from the wet Anosy region to the drier Androy region to discover another particular vegetation

Take a Walk aside the Flamingos at Anony Lake

Leaving Fort-Dauphin towards Amboasary, the excursion to Anony Lake will lead you from the wet Anosy region to the drier Androy region to discover another particular vegetation.....

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This southern most cape of Madagascar was first named as “Cap Sainte Marie” in 1546 by the French priest and cartographer, Pedro Descellier

Cape Sainte Marie

This southern most cape of Madagascar was first named as “Cap Sainte Marie” in 1546 by the French priest and cartographer, Pedro Descellier.....

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