Having trekked through rainforests, searched for ancient tombs, cartwheeled along the Avenue of Baobabs and survived death threats (in the form of a traditional greeting) Chris continues to travel the length and breadth of this beautiful, baffling country. At first glance, Madagascar can seem overwhelming with places and parks that are as difficult to reach as they are to pronounce so please do call so we can help you plan your perfect holiday to Madagascar.
Why we like Madagascar
A wildlife holiday to Madagascar offers a natural world as magical as the people. Octopus trees, animals that change colour in front of your eyes, over 50 species of primates found nowhere else on the planet, and the warmest people, living in isolation from the rest of the world whose culture is infused with magic.
Rainforests full of lemurs in Andasibe and Ranomafana, rocky lunar landscapes in Isalo Park, wild parks and deserts in the south around Mandrare and Berenty, full of spirits and hidden tombs (not to mention more lemurs) and the remote, tropical northern parks of Amber Mountain and Ankarana. Being an island however, take your pick of stunning beaches, Tsarabanjina, Anjajavy, Princesse Bora or Tsara Komba to name a few – a great way to end your Madagascar holiday.
What to expect on your MadagascaR holiday
Madagascar is a destination for the adventurous and journeys can be long and challenging with changes possible at any stage of the journey, but is still great fun. Aside from the wildlife and scenery, thousands of catholic churches hide a deep belief in sorcery and magic, so an occasional offering to the ancestors should help with delayed flights and bad roads. It is a country of crumbling 18th century, French town houses, luxury lodges and mud huts, a country of fine dining and subsistence living, from delicious steaks and the freshest seafood to cassava and zebu (local cattle) blood. It will be unlike anywhere you have been before.
Madagascar just doesn't have enough planes to go round - flights can be delayed and cancelled at a moment's notice, but you will get to know the handful of cabin crew who do the rounds. Madagascar is a confusing, fascinating and sometimes frustrating country but it is also heartfelt and incredibly genuine. You will be charmed by the people and amazed by its natural beauty. It will be quite unlike anywhere you have ever been before.
Some ideas for a MadagascaR holiday
- Explore the popular Andasibe Park in a network of trails walking through forests filled with chameleons, birds and the elusive Indri
- Leave the crowds behind and fly south or north – untouched wilderness, dancing lemurs and crazy markets (not to mention some beautiful Malagasy headwear…)
- Watch the sun (or moon) rise over the iconic Avenue of Baobabs
- Stick your toes in the sand, open a cold beer and sit down to fresh crab after a morning in, on or under the Indian Ocean at one of the luxurious beach lodges
Beyond the ordinary
Catch a performance of Hira Gasy - a striking mix of music, dance & opera in the lively capital, Antananarivo and sample the local flavoured rum.