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

Daraina, a small coastal town located in Vohémar. Dating, nature, beaches, you will all have what you will need to live a unique holiday

Daraina - Vohemar

For your next holiday destination, opt for Daraina, a small coastal town located in Vohémar, in the north of Madagascar. Dating, nature, beaches, you will all have what you will need to live a unique holiday.....

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Marotony

Marotony

Marotony ("many personal sacred trees" in Sakalava) is a charming fishing village on the coast of Ambanja. A popular stop on the tourist routes to discover the Archipelago of Radama, starting from Nosy Bé. A stopover on this authentic place will not disappoint you.....

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Orangea, this paradise site of Diégo-Suarez housed in the 19th century the

Orangea in Diégo Suarez

Orangea, this paradise site of Diégo-Suarez housed in the 19th century the "port aux Boutres" or "Port des Arabes" or "Port des Antalaotra". These Islamic seafarers from Mayotte or Zanzibar, who mastered the Swahili dialect, supplied the people of the north of the island with manufactured goods and weapons. They also sometimes traded slaves.....

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The villagers still practice harpoon fishing, and let’s not forget the various lemurs that overrun this place. Nosy Komba which houses Antotorogno village

Antotorogno - Nosy Komba

Antotorogno is one location deriving its great value in the tourism field in Madagascar passing through Nosy Komba; the villagers still practice harpoon fishing , and let’s not forget the various lemurs that overrun this district. Known for its surrounding islands, in Nosy Be, go to Nosy Komba which houses Antotorogno village: the fishing village.....

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The villagers still practice harpoon fishing, and let’s not forget the various lemurs that overrun this place. Nosy Komba which houses Antotorogno village

Antotorogno - Nosy Komba

Antotorogno is one location deriving its great value in the tourism field in Madagascar passing through Nosy Komba; the villagers still practice harpoon fishing , and let’s not forget the various lemurs that overrun this district. Known for its surrounding islands, in Nosy Be, go to Nosy Komba which houses Antotorogno village: the fishing village.....

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Ambanja an area conducive to the cultivation of cocoa, is crossed by the famous Sambirano river. Andranomandevy is a village located 30km from Ambanja

Andranomandevy - Ambanja

Ambanja, an area conducive to the cultivation of cocoa, vanilla, coffee and pepper, is located in the north-west of Madagascar towards Diégo Suarez. It is crossed by the famous Sambirano river. Andranomandevy is a village located about 30 km from Ambanja.....

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The Emerald Sea is a lagoon at the entrance to the bay of Diego-Suarez, in the far north of the country. It is also called the wonder of Madagascar

Emerald Sea - Diego Suarez

The Emerald Sea is a lagoon in Madagascar located at the entrance to the bay of Diego-Suarez, in the far north of the country. It is also called the wonder of Madagascar.....

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North of the city of Sambava, on the road to Vohémar, is the 140km long Bemarivo River bordered by fields of exotic products and spices, including vanilla

Bemarivo River - Sambava

North of the city of Sambava, 17 kms on the road to Vohémar, is the 140km long Bemarivo River bordered by fields of exotic products and spices, including vanilla. "Hangitry Bemarivo" translates to "Scent of Bemarivo".....

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Located by the sea & surrounded by equatorial nature, west of Ambaro Bay & east of Nosy Be. Nosy Faly offers paradise to those who want a change of scenery

Nosy Faly

Located by the sea and surrounded by equatorial nature, the island of Nosy Faly is 25 minutes from Nosy Be and 40 minutes from the port of Hell City. Located west of Ambaro Bay and east of Nosy Be, the island offers paradise to those who want a change of scenery.....

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Nosy Saba is a stop off location for fishermen in canoes, surprised by the night or the wind, but also for green turtles on the beaches to reproduce safely

Dolce Vita in Nosy Saba

Located in the UNESCO marine biosphere reserve of Sahamalaza, about 100 km south of Nosy Be, accessible by boat and private plane, is Nosy Saba which means "Life is sweet". This 130 hectare island naturally offers everything that nature and sea lovers can expect.....

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Located 20min by boat from Nosy Be and south of Nosy Komba, this village offers a timeless setting with authentic landscapes, rich in local agriculture.

Anjiabe - Nosy Komba

Anjiabe, is a unique village that deserves a special detour during your trip in the North of Madagascar. Located 20 minutes by boat from the island of Nosy Be and south of Nosy Komba, this village offers a timeless setting with authentic landscapes, rich in local agriculture.....

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The industrial coconut grove of SOAVOANIO Company, covers a total surface of 5000 hectares, which extends on both sides of the city of Sambava on  60kms

Sambava - SOAVOANIO Company

If you arrive on Sambava by plane, you will not miss to fly over the huge coconut plantations of SOAVOANIO before landing at the airport of the city. Indeed, the industrial coconut grove of SOAVOANIO Company, covers a total surface of 5000 hectares.....

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The humid tropical climate is favourable to plantations of export crops such as vanilla, coffee or even pepper but perfume plants such as ylang

Anjavimilay - Ambanja

This village in the Sambirano Valley owes its name to the "javy"(aquatic plant), located on the lake and which navigate there by following the current. It is located in the northwestern part of the Big Island, in the DIANA region near Ambanja.....

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The history of Nosy Be dates back to the beginning of the arrival of Arabs on the island in the 900s. At this time a city called Mahilaka was created

Nosy-Be Hell-Ville

The history of Nosy Be dates back to the beginning of the arrival of Arabs on the island in the 900s. At this time a city called Mahilaka was created which created the first trading post of the island. These first inhabitants lived on the export of copal, iron, chlorite, rock crystal, gold and slaves, a maritime connection with a large part of the countries of the Indian Ocean.....

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22km from AAmbilobe, one of the most outstanding sites of the region: the Tsingy of Mahaloka. Discover the remains of its caves and the history behind them

Tsingy de Mahaloka

If you go northwest of the island, make a stopover at Ambilobe. 22 km from this city is one of the most outstanding sites of the Diana region: the Tsingy of Mahaloka. Discover the remains of its caves and the history behind them.....

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Diego is the capital of northern Madagascar. Former French garrison, it carries in its streets with evocative names, traces of its military past

Diego - Suarez

Diego is the capital of northern Madagascar. It is 1093 kilometres from the country's capital, Antananarivo. Former French garrison, it carries in its streets with evocative names, traces of its military past.....

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The Sambirano River, located in Ambanja, north-west of Madagascar, has its source in the Tsaratanàna massif and flows to the bay of Ampasindava

Sambirano River

The Sambirano River, located in Ambanja, north-west of Madagascar, has its source in the Tsaratanàna massif and flows to the bay of Ampasindava. It is possible to go down it, sometimes on foot, sometimes in a canoe. A sporting and meditative adventure where the exuberance of vegetation is omnipresent.....

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The ride is most pleasant and the surroundings of the waterfall are lush. Androadroatra waterfall that flows into a lake where swimming is very relaxing

Androadroatra Waterfall

Madagascar is full of relaxing places and those of the north are the most striking. It is in an unsuspected part of the island, that is located the Androadroatra waterfall, a location little known to the Malagasy people. 621 kilometres separate it from Antananarivo, the capital of the country.....

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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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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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Morondava region area is in the heart of the Sakalavady Nastie is also characterized by art sculptures. See you in the village of sculptors: Marofandilia

The village of Sculptors: Marofandilia

If the Morondava region is known for its alley of baobabs, lakes and resorts, this area is in the heart of the Sakalavady Nastie is also characterized by art sculptures. See you in the village of sculptors: Marofandilia.....

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The Mikea Forest, where one can visit and see up close. Contains several natural resources unique to Madagascar; an unforgettable visit is assured

Mikea Forest

A forest that has its history and its stature in Madagascar and that shelters rare and endemic species; the Mikea Forest is a forest where one can visit and see up close. Contains several natural resources unique to Madagascar; an unforgettable visit is assured.....

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The Menabe region contains exceptional landmarks, such as the Andranomena Special Reserve. Escape for a hike by discovering its lakes and endemic animals

Andranomena Special Reserve

Apart from the well-known Baobab Alley, the Menabe region contains other exceptional landmarks, such as the Andranomena Special Reserve. Escape for a hike by discovering its lakes and endemic animals.....

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Fort Dauphin located in the South East of Madagascar. It is a region full of resources that embraces its name: the city of diversity

The Bay of Wrecks - Fort Dauphin

Fort Dauphin is the capital of the Anosy region, located in the South East of Madagascar. It is a region full of resources that embraces its name: the city of diversity.....

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The majestic Anjofo Fall, where the flow of water whispers in your ears. The flora and fauna found there also represent the richness of the place

Anjofo Fall

29 kms north of Ranohira in the region of Androy in the south of Madagascar, is the majestic Anjofo Fall, where the flow of water whispers in your ears. The flora and fauna found there also represent the richness of the place.....

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In the 19th century, Morondava became a landing point for Makoa slaves, of African origin, & transit before their re-expedition to the Southwest and inland

Morondava

Morondava is one of the most visited destinations in Madagascar. It is located in the west of the island, about 700 km from the capital Tananarive, with a 10-hour drive on the RN34 and RN35.....

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Andohahela National Park is the only park in the world that can be found with three types of forest: humid, transitional and dry

Andohahela National Park

Andohahela National Park is located in the Anosy Region, it is situated 42 km south-west of Fort- Dauphin, via the National Route 13 (RN13), from the city of Amboasary. It sits between two districts, Fort -Dauphin and Amboasary South. It is the only park in the world that can be found with three types of forest: humid, transitional and dry.....

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Mandena, translated as

Mandena - Protected Area

Mandena, translated as "wet", is a conservation area 6 km north of the peninsula of Fort Dauphin. Authentic and discreet, it offers you the luxury of a harmonious landscape where nature is the key word.....

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