About Madagascar

The world’s fourth-largest island, Madagascar is a vast magical land just waiting to be discovered. 

A former French colony, it offers a beguiling range of things to do and see as well as many areas to be explored. This beautiful destination is rich in flora and fauna, much of which is found nowhere else on earth, making Madagascar holidays a truly special experience for any traveller. 

A typical trip to Madagascar includes the opportunity to spot lemurs of the Perinat Reserve, the baobabs of Morondava, the whales of Sainte Marie and explore the narrow streets and alleyways of charming Antananarivo; where the infrastructure may be poor, but the rewards are rich.

Madagascar is also home to the Toliara coral reef, which is the third-biggest coral reef in the world. Sitting on the island’s south-east coast, it boasts 458 kilometres of vibrant sea life, housing over 5,000 different species, including a species of fish that is 400-million-years-old. The reef is also inhabited by a number of turtles, sharks, and whales.

The jewel in Madagascar’s crown, however, is the offshore island of Nosy Be and its outlying neighbours. Largely undeveloped but boasting some superb beach hideaways, this really is an island paradise.

With whiter sands, clearer seas and more dramatic settings and sunsets than any of its Indian Ocean rivals, the idyll is completed by virgin beaches with nesting turtles and playful dolphins.

Interesting things to do in Madagascar

Travellers are drawn to Madagascar holidays because they offer so much in relation to experiences, adventures and activities. Enjoy an experience which compares to no other; watch groups of humpback whales emerge from the ocean, dipping in and out of the clear waters, providing breathtaking views to write home about. 

Whale watching is just one of the many activities travellers can embark on during their trip to Madagascar. This spectacular holiday destination is also filled with unique surprises, with its deserted beaches and remote islands. 

Choose to relax and unwind in paradise, or enjoy an adrenaline fix with the exciting water sports available; the scope of activities suits all travellers which is why it is such a sought-after holiday destination.

For more information, why not speak to one of our experts on +44 (0) 20 7843 3500 or email info@africatravel.co.uk


  • Spot many of the various species of lemur
  • Track turtles as they come ashore
  • Marvel at the baobab landscape
  • Take a sunset cruise dolphin-spotting
  • Visit a vanilla farm for a unique souvenir


  • Variety of Lemurs, Tenrecs, Silky Sifakas


  • Dry – April to November
  • Green – January to March
  • Point to notice – South west can get extremely hot in the summer, but is cool with blue skies and minimal rain in the winter. The central highlands from May to October can become cold, windy and unpredictable showers.

In The Know

    • Capital – Antananarivo
    • Currency – Ariary
    • Point of Entry – Antananarivo
    • Airlines – Air Madagascar & Air France via Paris, Kenya Airways via Nairobi, South African Airways via Johannesburg
    • Flying Time – 3 hours 10 minutes from Johannesburg
    • Time Zone – GMT +3
    • Visa on arrival
    • Medical Requirements – Malaria prophylaxis recommended 

Insider Tips

  • If travelling from Nosy Be back to the UK consider breaking your journey in The Comoros – home to turtles, lemurs and extraordinary fruit bats
  • Take a travel neck pillow for lengthy overland journeys as the roads can be poor
  • Swot up on your school French, English is rarely spoken in remote areas
  • Don’t try to cram too much into a trip – it is a very large island and road journeys can be long
  • Try to include a stay on Tsarabanjina; the sea is clearer, the sand whiter and the sky bluer than anywhere else in the Indian Ocean

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