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Madagascar Holidays

Madagascar holidays take you on a strange and magical journey through time. Venture through deep jungles that ring with the call of tropical birds, explore great mountains that erupt from the ground and relax upon tropical beaches made of pure white sand and crystal clear waters.

Holidays in Madagascar are an opportunity to explore one of the most biodiverse places in the world, prepare to be spellbound as you encounter a diverse range of animals unique to Madagascar. Go in search of the cheeky ring-tailed lemur, the eerie-looking fossa, colourful, camouflaged chameleons, bizarre insects and fascinating marine life such as manta rays, whales, sharks and turtles. One thing’s for sure Madagascar is a nature lover's paradise.

The wild world of Madagascar

From palm and forest-fringed beaches to semi-arid deserts, limestone pinnacles, volcanoes and grassy plateaus, there is so much to see and do in Madagascar, we recommend selecting one of our many Madagascar tours to include the best of it all. Our Madagascar Classic tour takes you to the island’s most iconic sights, including the Andringitra and Isalo national parks and along the way, you’ll meet friendly locals eager to share their culture.

If you’re looking to indulge, why not select our Madagascar Ultimate Luxury Wildlife Experience which blends rainforest adventures with VIP treatment at one of our many high-end beachside resorts? Whatever your holiday dreams, give our Destination Specialists a call today and they’ll help you put together the ultimate tailor-made Madagascar holiday itinerary.

Destination Highlights
  • Prepare to be spellbound as you hike among giant baobab trees and explore the alien landscapes of Tsingy Rouge Park.
  • Bathe in the crystal clear waters of Madagascar's stunning Nosy Be beach.
  • Look for Lemurs in Ranomafana National Park, home to 12 species including the critically endangered golden bamboo lemur.
  • Venture down ‘Avenue of the Baobabs’ and see the splendour and magic of these unique trees, which are centuries old.

Time Zone

GMT +3

Flight Time

Approx 14-16 hours; indirect from London. Stop over options are Addis Ababa, Nairobi, Johannesburg and Paris

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

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.

Madagascar Attractions

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    Discover Madagascar’s wildlife

    Madagascar is famous for its incredible wildlife. Around 150,000 of the island’s 200,000 species of animals are totally unique. Given the range of habitats, there’s a cornucopia of experiences availa-ble. Take a jungle safari on the untouched Masoala peninsula, where brightly coloured birds flutter and lemurs launch themselves from tree to tree. Charter a boat and get close to humpback whales or dive in fabulous coral gardens.

  • Hike the Avenue of the Baobabs

    This ancient row of baobabs is one of Madagascar’s most celebrated sights. Many centuries ago, this region would have been a thick forest of these distinctive deciduous trees. Today, this small sec-tion on the road between Morondava and Belon'i Tsiribihina is all that remains. The baobabs stand upwards of 30m high and can be as much as 800 years old. It’s a unique and breath taking sight that can only be reached by 4x4.

  • Drift away on Nosy Be

    Sometimes you just need to take a little time out. Madagascar is home to some of the best beaches in Africa. Among them is Nosy Be. This tiny island is located north east of the mainland and sur-rounded on all sides by the Indian Ocean. Here you can relax on a lounger, drink in hand as the sun sets on the horizon. It’s the perfect place to reflect on life back home.

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    Jas

    Destination Specialist

    "Dinner at La Varangue is one of the best local food experiences. Set in a typical Malgache home, enjoy a candle-lit dinner surrounded by hundreds of quirky and unique antiques."

  • Robert, Destination Specialist

    Robert

    Destination Specialist

    "Go horseback riding through the Jurassic setting of Isalo National Park and enjoy a sunset picnic at Windos of Isalo. This boulder, in the form of a window, is situated in such a way that you can watch the sun setting through it, whilst creating a perfect opportunity for some amazing photographs."

The city of Madagascar offers a huge selection of fun events held throughout the year that can be enjoyed by everyone. Here are a few of our top suggestions.

  • Zegny’Zo Festival

    Zegny’Zo is a week-long festival held in May which celebrates arts and culture in all forms. Expect to see street theatre, parades, painting, puppetry, circus acts and more.

  • Whale Festival

    A huge event that takes place in Sainte Marie during the first two weeks of July, just as the humpback whales arrive. Enjoy a big parade as well as lots of games, stalls, exhibitions and concerts, all in aid of raising awareness about these incredible mammals.

  • Donia

    A week-long festival held in June with live music shows, songwriting competitions, beauty pageants, sporting events and lots of other exciting activities.

  • Madajazzcar

    A free, eight-day jazz festival held in October across various outdoor and indoor venues in Antananarivo.

Malagasy cuisine is known for being flavourful despite being prepared in a simple manner without much spice. A traditional meal in Madagascar usually contains a main dish of meat, poultry or fish with a side dish of vegetables.

  • Romazava

    Considered the national dish of Madagascar, this is a broth made from chopped onions, tomatoes, spinach, crushed garlic, and the edible leaves of various vegetables stewed together with zebu beef.

  • Lasary

    A very popular dish in Madagascar generally served as a side dish for fish or meat. This simple and tasty salad is made with a mix of cabbage, carrots, onions, green beans, tomatoes and vinaigrette.

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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