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Earth's greatest nature project, Madagascar has evolved in relative isolation from the rest of the world, making this home to a plethora of unique and otherworldly creatures.
Having separated from the Indian subcontinent approximately 88 million years ago, Madagascar is the oldest island in the world, its enormous size earning it the nickname "the Eighth Continent". Known for its endemic species, most notably its many varieties of lemur, Madagascar will certainly delight all wildlife enthusiasts who come and explore its vast national parks, rainforests, and spiny forests.
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Best Time to Visit
As a general rule, the best time to visit Madagascar falls within April and December as the weather is consistently excellent; you can expect warm and sunny weather. July to September is the country's peak period, and is also the best time for viewing humpback whales.
See for yourself the famed tree silhouettes that have become synonymous with Africa holidays.
Venture to the stunning Menabe region of western Madagascar and gaze upon the mighty silhouettes of the iconic Barobab Trees that line the vibrant red Madagascan road. For the most beautiful conditions and the opportunity to capture the picture-perfect moment to make all your friends and family jealous, we recommend visiting this wondrous avenue at sunset or sunrise, as the trunks change colours and the incredible shadows of the trees are most prominent.
Madagascar is seemingly nature’s playground, with spectacularly lush landscapes, wildlife rich savannahs and breath-taking waterfalls, all packed onto this one awe-inspiring island.
Boasting an UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, as well as six stunning parks which make up one joint World Heritage Site, there’s no shortage of incredible natural scenery to be seen on Madagascar holidays. Channel your inner Indian Jones or Lara Croft as you venture into lush rainforests, trek through emerald-hued forestry and explore lush savannahs, all while observing rare and dazzling wildlife on a luxury safari adventure.
Madagascar’s capital city is home to an impressive melting pot of cultural and historical landmarks, beautiful old towns and wondrous natural scenery, with a heart-shaped lake in the aptly located in the city centre.
Experience city life in true Madagascan style. Admire the beautiful and unique surroundings of Antananarivo as you stroll the picturesque streets. Explore the wooden houses and royal tombs of the Rova Antananarivo palace complex that overlooks the city and was the centre of the Merina kingdom, or walk amongst stunning flowers and lush landscapes at the Botanical and Zoological Garden. With so much to discover, you’ll never want to leave.
If snorkelling doesn’t provide a close enough encounter for your liking, scuba diving is also a popular activity in Madagascar, with many resorts offering classes or excursions.
As well as the extraordinary corals, guests could see first-hand a diverse range of rare and incredible sea creatures. From smaller clown fish and other such colourful reef fish, all the way up to turtles, dolphins, reef sharks, moray eels and squids, to name but a few. In addition to the mesmerising corals, whales are native to these waters, so you could be swimming amongst the greatest of the Indian Ocean’s wildlife.
Africa isn’t only home to the grandest of the land mammals, but also to some of the largest sea mammals – whales. You could get a first-hand view of awe-inspiring whales on a truly unforgettable boat trip.
Journey out to sea and encounter humpback whales as they surface for air: expert operators will take you to different spots where these gargantuan animals are often spotted, and most operators guarantee sightings. While waiting for the main event, you may also be treated to a warm-up show from the mesmerising spinning dolphins that also populate the waters.
Best Time To Travel:
April - mid-December
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