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Destination

Madagascar Holidays

Land of lemurs and undisturbed habitats

Madagascar is one of the very few destinations left that is relatively unexplored and unaffected by tourism. Due to its remote location 250 miles off the coast of Africa, the island has been allowed to evolve more or less naturally, the result being that much of its indigenous wildlife and plant life is found nowhere else on earth. 

Madagascar is home to over 200,000 known species of animal with around 150,000 of them being endemic, making this a wildlife watchers dream that only places like the Galapagos can compete against. Madagascar’s menagerie of weird and wonderful creatures includes the world’s biggest and smallest chameleons, the near-extinct elephant bird and over 70 species of lemur with the ring-tailed being the most well-known. Madagascar is not all about animals though, it also has around 12,000 species of plant life of which 70%-80% are endemic.

The Madagascan landscape is no less compelling,with terrain ranging from lush jungle to palm-fringed beaches. Enjoy walking through beautiful national parks surrounded by an array of plants and trees, and lazing on dreamy golden sand islands.

It comes as little surprise that Madagascar is quickly taking its place on top of many ‘must-see’ lists.

Destination Highlights
  • Spotting lemurs, many come right up to you as they are not scared of humans
  • Trekking through the rugged yet beautiful countryside
  • Meeting friendly locals
  • Lazing on amazing beaches
Essential Information
See Practical Information
  • Time Zone GMT +3
  • Currency Malagasy ariary, though Euros are widely accepted
  • Visa Information A 30-day visa is obtained on arrival for a small fee which has to be paid in cash in Malagasy ariary, US dollars or Euros. Make sure an entry stamp is recorded in your passport. A tourist visa has a maximum validity of 3 months and isn’t extendable.
  • Language French and Malagasy
  • Flight Time Approx 14-16 hours; indirect from London. Stop over options are Addis Ababa, Nairobi, Johannesburg and Paris
  • Health Information Medical information can often change so please consult with your doctor/GP at least 4-6 weeks before travelling for the latest information.

Top Tips from our Experts

Nick

Senior Destination Manager

"Madagascar is famous for animals and nature but most people are not aware what superb beaches are here, particularly in the north west."

Robert

Destination Specialist

"The most important thing to take to Madagascar is patience. Roads are slow, as only about 20 percent are paved, and flights can be delayed, therefore it is always best to relax and ‘go with the flow’."

Types of Madagascar holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

Madagascar definitely works to its own schedule so if short on time it is not the ideal destination. We would recommend a trip of minimum 7 days, though 10 is better and more than that perfect, especially if want to add a beach stay at the end or explore the more hidden areas of the country.

Madagascar has their own unique eco system and therefore their own wildlife. Madagascar is about seeing nature in its truest form and enjoying creatures such as lemurs, iguanas and birds. If you want to see the BIg Five you need to visit places like Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa.

Not currently. While cars can be hired they automatically come with a driver as you are not allowed to hire a car without a driver. All of our private tours come with a vehicle and driver, the benefit to this is that the driver knows the road, which way to go and if there is an issue (which is not unheard of) they can sort it out. This allows you to sit back, relax and just enjoy the holiday. 

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