While coming under the heading of Southern Africa, Madagascar should be in a category on its own. Firstly, being the world’s fourth largest island, there is much to do and see and almost all of it is unique. 80% of its flora and fauna is endemic added to which most of it is fascinating and beautiful to see.
This uniqueness also applies to the Malagasies themselves. Many being a mixture of African, Middle Eastern and Far Eastern origin, they vary considerably in looks and physique. Tourism has not reached mass market proportions and unlikely to do so in the near future. Expect the accommodation to be more basic than such places as Mauritius and the Seychelles, but this is part of the charm of the place.
There is so much to recommend to do for your trip to Madagascar but below are some of the highlights/suggested activities. For the fuller background to these places, do give us a call.
- Spend 2 nights exploring Antanarivo, the capital, with its markets and French influenced quarters.
- Swim with turtles at Nosy Be
- Watch turtles laying their eggs and/or the eggs hatching at Nosy Be and other locations on the Island
- Sail along this tropical paradise coastline on a dhow, camping on different beaches each night.
- Visit the 30 species of lemurs in the indigenous forest National Parks that are found all over the island. Your drive to these Parks will take you through villages and paddy fields that are a feature of Madagascar.
- Explore the drier south with its Spiny Forest in a 4×4.
- Dive, fish or snorkel from almost all the beaches that surround Madagascar
- Explore the old pirate haunts of the Eastern part of the Island. This is wilder and for the more adventurous.
- Hike in the drier Western part of the Island.
Whatever your itinerary, ensure that you end with a few days lazing (or not) on one of the fabulous Madagascan beaches.