High Five… Madagascar!

Languishing in the Indian Ocean, 250 miles off the coast of mainland Africa is Madagascar, a luscious tropical island famous for its vanilla, coffee and spectacular wildlife.

Madagascar broke away from mainland Africa 88 million years ago and as a result, 90{8105bc8a7da0e4ee2985a05e217cd0e1bef95b551bf8bafd62a449e444182173} of its plant and animal species are found nowhere else in the world. The most famous of these are its lemurs which hold huge dance parties deep in the rainforests (probably true) and which, before the arrival of humans, used to grow to the size of gorillas (actually true).

To protect its fragile eco system, the island has over twenty national parks and dozens of nature reserves just waiting to be explored as well as a vast array of tropical beaches and fascinating traditional customs. Here’s our pick of five fantastic experiences…

Avenue of Baobabs.

Five Utterly Amazing Experiences to Enjoy in Madagascar

Wander Through the Avenue of the Baobabs

The Baobab tree as much a symbol of Madagascar as the enigmatic lemur. The trees’ massive trunks are essentially giant water tanks which store up to 120 litres and can grow up to 11m in diameter, that’s as long as a London bus! In the west of the island there is an area known as the avenue of the baobabs where the surrounding vegetation has been cleared for agriculture and the true height and breadth of these trees can be views in all their Baobaby glory.

Explore the Capital, Antananarivo

Visit the lemurs in the Lemur Park.

As a capital city it may lack the architectural punch of its European counterparts – but Antananarivo is all about the ambiance. Also known as Tana the city is a labyrinth of tiny streets filled with fantastic markets and colonial mansions. And, if you just can’t get enough of them, there’s even a lemur park….

Laze on the Beaches of Ifaty

Relax undisturbed on the beaches of Ifaty.

Far from the developed tourist island of nosey be in the north, Ifaty is a beautiful stretch of coastline where dotted with small fishing villages. You can get a real feel for traditional culture – the beaches are littered with hollowed out canoes and cooking fires. Palm thatched beach bungalows sit next to stylish hotels creating a fantastic laid back atmosphere which attracts travellers from all over the world.

Head Out to Sea and Go Whale Watching

Go in search of giant humpback whales.

From June to September humpback whales make their way past the eastern shores of the island close to the on their annual migration from the Antarctic. From the market town of Maroantsetra you can take day trips out to observe and even help collect data on the whales as they pass by.

Best of all Madagascar’s government has strict laws that regulated the industry here so you know that while you’re happy snapping, the whales are happy swimming.

Meet the Animals in Amber Mountain National Park

Explore the unique wildlife of Madagascar in one of the many national parks.

From the sandstone pillars of Isalo, to the mist shrouded peeks of Marojejy, Madagascar’s national parks are as varied as they are numerous! One of the most stunning of these is Amber Mountain in the far north of the island. A true lost world, Amber Mountain’s waterfalls and crater lakes are isolated from the surrounding area by dry plains the park is home to a huge number of animal and plant species with more regularly discovered.

If Madagascar has captured your imagination, take a look at our highlights of Madagascar trip that will show you the very best of the island, and we can get you there too! Check out our cheap flights page on the website and don’t forget our price beat guarantee, which make sure you don’t get your flight cheaper anywhere else!