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Madagascar is a beautiful natural oasis of contrasting landscapes teeming with unusual animals, birds and amazing plant life.

Its rainforest, sheer mountains, semi-desert regions and palm-fringed beaches are home to a phenomenal selection of flora and fauna which cannot be found anywhere else in the world. The island is particularly well-known for its dancing lemurs and self-destructing palms. Madagascar is an absolute haven for nature lovers and keen zoologists.

Did you know?

  • Madagascar’s climate varies throughout the island. The south and west coasts are dry, while the east is generally wetter and is home to a coastal rainforest.
  • The wet season here is much like the rest of southern Africa, with rains from November through to March. The island may also experience cyclones.
  • It is advisable to take warm clothes for the winter months and evenings especially in the mountainous areas. A raincoat is a good idea at all times of the year.
  • Isalo National Park is well worth a visit, with amazing rock formations, spectacular canyons and natural swimming holes. 
  • The infrastructure is poor with bad roads and weather, there are internal flights, but they don’t always run on time. Take a deep breath and go with the flow!
  • Ankarafantsika National Park has 800 tree species, eight lemurs, endemic chameleons 129 bird species over half are Madagascar endemics.
  • Ranomafana is part of Madagascar’s Rainforests of the Atsinanana World Heritage Site. The 417km² montane forest’s varied altitudes hide rare mountaintop flora and many species of orchids, as well as 12 lemur species, chameleons and mongooses.
  • Take a rickshaw around Antsirabe to discover the cathedral, the French colonial buildings, the thermal baths and the great Saturday market with lovely handcrafts.
  • Ifaty is Madagascar’s one-stop-shop for whale watching, diving and the spiny forest.
  • Nosy Be is one of the islands of the Mitsio archipelago off the northern tip of Madagascar. This exotic island’s beaches, wildlife and water-based activities make it Madagascar’s most popular holiday spot. 
  • Madagascar boasts more than 11,000 endemic plant species, including seven species of baobab tree.
  • Scientific studies from 1999 to 2010, discovered 615 new species in Madagascar, including 41 mammals and 61 reptiles.
  • You can visit one of Feedback Madagascar’s community projects who work hand in hand with some of the poorest communities to improve their lives and protect the environment.
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Baobab trees, Madagascar
Fanaloka, Madagascar
Spider Tortoise, Madagascar
Lemur, Madagascar
Ring Tailed Lemur, Madagascar
Phelsuma, Madagascar
Tsarabajina sandy beach, Madagascar
Lowland Streaked Tenrec, Madagascar
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Beautiful beaches
Endemic flora and fauna
Unique biodiversity
Community projects and handcrafts

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