madagascar





Visit the world's most biologically diverse Island



Madagascar lies 400 kilometres off the east coast of Africa and is legendary for the profusion of its wildlife and flora, 80% of which is found nowhere else on earth. The island offers diverse and spectacular scenery: mountains, deserts, rainforests, dazzling beaches fringing the Indian Ocean and island archipelagos linked by coral reefs and clear turquoise waters.





Madagascar, the world's 4th largest island, measures 1571 km in length and 571 km across. Located 400 kilometres off the east coast of Africa, and is one of the most exotic and mysterious islands in the world. It is legendary for the profusion of its wildlife and flora, 80% of which are endemic to this island paradise. Here you will find jumping, flying, slithering beasts that stem from Mother Natures quirky sense of humour, which would seem more at home on some alien world. This is the only place in the world where you can see lemurs dancing with their babies in the wild. It has an exceptionally diverse and spectacular variety of landscapes - mountains, coral isles, deserts, rainforests, dazzling beaches fringing the Indian Ocean, island archipelagos to baobab forests and craters. All of Africa has one variety of baobab tree, for example, and Madagascar has seven, as well as 19,000 species of plants -- a world record.



Madagascar is divided into 5 characteristic geographical regions. Rain rarely falls in the Dry South, in this world of towering Baobabs and unique spiny forests. This environment dotted with fascinating, colourfully decorated tombs add a unique character to the area, providing much for cultural enthusiasts as well as nature lovers.



The Far North experience starts in the town of Antsiranana, also known as Diego Suarez. The city is located on a pictureque emerald bay scattered with islands and fabulous sunsets. Variety epitomises this region, both in climate and in the colourful cultures found in the town.



The Green Eastern coast of Madagascar is known for its unique and lush rainforests which are found nowhere else in the world.



Antananarivo - the business capital of the Island, built on a series of hills (the Highlands), is a fascinating cultural mix of architectural styles as unique and varied as the inhabitants of this sprawling city.



The western part of Madagascar is dryer that the eastern part and consequently deciduous forest flourish here, harbouring a wealth of rare endemic wildlife.



For those who are looking for something new and different in a holiday, a Madagascar holiday is for you. Madagascar is a nature-lovers destination where you can swim in secluded coves, snorkel and dive coral reefs, water-ski, enjoy bird watching, take a hike, and venture out on guided nature walks in national parks and reserves.



If you are planning a honeymoon, or a trip to celebrate a special occasion, Madagascar will exceed your expectations. Its landscapes and reserves will delight people with a taste for discovery and there are a handful of places combining a beautiful location, excellent accommodation and charming service.



Madagascar offers the visitor a land rich in diversity, from the genteel, unique people with a rich cultural background. It has a population of approximately 13 million inhabitants.



Unlike other islands in the Indian Ocean it is not a developed 'holiday island', making it one of the great undeveloped and undiscovered adventure destinations in the world.