Madagascar is a perfect destination for passionate travellers. The fourth largest island in the world is one of the most bio-diverse countries on earth, home to thousands of species of flora and fauna of which almost 90% cannot be found anywhere else on the planet. Discover the fascinating uniqueness of this island.
Madagascar has two seasons, a hot and rainy (from November until April) and a cooler dry season (from May to October). The best time to visit will depend on where you’re going, as the north is hot and humid, the east is generally wet and the south is often dry. The season to avoid a visit to Madagascar is from January to March.
Ifaty, located on the south west coastline, is the desert inland area known for its spiny forest where strange-shaped baobab trees have thrived for centuries. Montagne des Français, in northern Madagascar, is one of the best places to see one of the most beautiful baobabs, Adansonia suarezensis.
Avenue of the Baobabs is a group of trees lining the dirt road between Morondava and Belon'i Tsiribihina in western Madagascar. Its striking landscape draws tourists from around the world making it one of the most visited locations in the region. The baobab trees, up to 800 years old, originally stood in a dense tropical forest. Some 7 km further to the northwest there are the famous Baobab Amoureux - two trees twisted together.
How to get there:
Take a look at the flight deals to Madagascar:
- Flights from Rome to Nosy Be for €435! >>
- Flights from Warsaw to Antananarivo for €337 >>
- Madagascar, Seychelles and India in one trip from Hong Kong for $676 >>
- Flights from Milan to Nosy Be for €378 >>
- Flights from Edmonton to Antananarivo for CA$943 >>
Where to stay:
In Antananarivo we encourage you to stay at Hotel La Ribaudiere for €25 per night with good reviews! Located amongst a variety of well-known attractions, shops and eateries, Hotel La Ribaudiere is ideal for those wishing to discover Antananarivo and its surroundings. It also provides free wireless internet to all guests during their stay. This Victorian hotel offers family facilities, such as babysitting/child services. The front desk operates 24/7 and the friendly staff can suggest sights to visit and provide other tourist information.
What to do:
Madagascar is a dream destination for outdoor activity lovers. Venture into national parks, go on a safari, explore one of the idyllic offshore islands, stroll through heritage towns or spot unique wildlife not found anywhere else on this earth.
Visit the Royal Hill of Ambohimanga, a historical village that was once home to Madagascar royalty. Take a spectacular trek in a moonlike landscape or through the rainforest.
Madagascar has the third largest coral reef system in the world, the Toliara coral reef, off the south-western coast. The reef is a natural barrier to rough sea waters, creating coastal waters that are ideal for swimming, diving and fishing. The still, clear waters of Nosy Boraha (Île Sainte Marie) make ideal spots for snorkelling. Migrating humpback whales visit the east coast waters between the months of July and September. Explore the coastline of beautiful Sainte Marie in a kayak. Go deep sea fishing in the Radamas or Mitsio islands. Between April and November the Emerald Sea (Mer d’Emeraude), one of the most beautiful and largest natural bays in the world, is one of the best surfing spots in the southern hemisphere. Come and see Madagascar`s annual cheese diving competition when people from around the world dive into a coral reef to retrieve a block of cheese.