Madagascar is a big island in the Indian Ocean, about 587 041 Km², however, it remains a mystery to many. It’s very rich in biodiversity and more than 80% of its wildlife are endemics so you can’t found anywhere else on Earth. The animal life and vegetation of the island are equally, differing greatly from that of nearby Africa and being in many respects unique.

There are a number of ecological regions in Madagascar and the ecological areas are relatively small due to human activities (fat, deforestation, animal hunting); now over 90% of the old forest is destroyed.  At this moment, if you would like to see the weirdest thing that you never saw on your life, desire to discover the lost land, jump into the friendly community, welcoming people, also want to invest your money to the country full of hope. I would say “Madagascar” is the best place for you.

What Madagascar can offer? 

Madagascar offers its fair share of tourist sites and activities, whether you’re interested in the history of the island, local culture, or its natural sites. Plus, many of them are incredibly budget-friendly.  There are someplace that you shouldn’t miss while coming to Madagascar depends on where you want to start.

SOUTH ON RN7

  • Isalo National Park 

Crisscross the bizarre sandstone rock formations, plateaus, and palm-fringed oases of Isalo National Park. There are all sorts of locally endemic Aloe Vera plants and many species of lemurs, under which the Sifaka, brown, and ring-tailed lemur. With fine and dry weather year-round, this is Madagascar’s most popular park. Isalo can be visited if you drive on national high road N°7.

Andringitra has some wildlife, but the stunning landscape, vegetation, and trekking are its chief attractions. There few circuits that you can do, ranging from a few hours to 3 days. With only around 1,000 visitors a year, this park is truly Madagascar’s best-kept secret. Andringitra can be visited if you drive on RN7 but might stay at Ambalavao village if interested in a hike, as here the only place for a preparation (food, camping staff).

  • Anja Community Reserve. 

Although Madagascar offers several places to spot lemurs, one of its more unique animal locales is Anja Community Reserve. Located about 41 miles southwest of Fianarantsoa along National Road No. 7, this environmental and cultural preservation site strives to protect local flora and fauna within an inhabited area. Ring-tailed lemurs(catta), chameleons, snakes, and more life here, and the reserve’s surrounding granite mountains feature two hiking trails, various caves, and a campsite with water, restrooms, and a shower area.

  • Mangily /Ifaty beach 

This is an area that is ideal for fishing, swimming, and snorkeling because of a massive coral reef which is where the big swells and waves hit. It’s also the location of two iconic fishing villages that conjure up imagery of yesteryear with giant flamboyant fishing boats. There are also unique forests not far from the fishing village where there are baobab trees which have lasted for what is believed to be thousands of years.

EAST

  • Masoala -Nosy Manga be National park .

Masoala National Park, in northeast Madagascar, is the largest of the island’s protected areas. Created in 1997, the park protects 2,300 square kilometers of rainforest and 100 square kilometers of marine parks. The Masoala peninsula is exceptionally diverse due to its huge size, and variety of habitats. Masoala provides an excellent opportunity to experience the unique flora and fauna of the big island. The primary rain forest of Masoala with a giant tree over 400 years old. There are more then lemur species, including the flamboyant red ruffed lemur, which is native to the peninsula. The island reserve of Nosy Mangabe is one of the best sites in Madagascar to try to glimpse the elusive nocturnal Aye-Aye.

  •  Andasibe Perinet- Mantandia Rain forest.

Within easy reach from Antananarivo, the Andasibe rainforest is the prime location to search for the Indri Indri. The park consists of 2 protected areas, the special Reserve of  Analamazaotra and the National park of Mantadia. Analamazaotra is better known as Perinet village, is world-famous for its population of INDRI lemurs which are the largest living lemur. There are a couple habituated groups of Indri found within easy walking distance of the park entrance and seeing this lemur is almost a sure thing for visitors willing to walk a couple of miles on the park’s maintained trails. Anyone within a mile of the park is sure to hear the haunting call of the indri in the morning from daybreak to around noon and then again in the late afternoon. More advanced trails can be hiked in the nearby park of Mantadia where you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of diademed sifaka and black and white ruffed lemurs. All area of Perinet and Mantadia is exceptionally rich in frogs and reptiles.

NOTHWEST -WEST

A UNESCO World Heritage Site and Madagascar’s most striking landscape. Explore the Tsingy rock pinnacles, resembling a ”dry forest”,  through its phenomenal constructed steps, boardwalks, ladders, cables, and suspension bridges. The Tsingy can be visited if you drive the Baobab Route or the adventure safari belong to the west coast. Not possible to access between mid-November to April as it all explored in dusty sandy road.

NORTH

  • Montagne d’Ambre and Ankarana National Park

Experience a broad range of habitats at the most Northern tip of Madagascar, including the montane rainforest, the Red Tsingy, and limestone massifs – all within a stone’s throw of the beautiful beaches and coastline of Antsirananana (Diego Suarez). Possible to explore if you drive all year with us.

  • Ankarafantsika National Park
The dry tropical forest of this little-visited national park shelters 8 lemur species, including the Golden-brown mouse lemur, which is found nowhere else in the world. And of the 129 species of birds, over half are endemic to Madagascar. Look out, too, for rare Madagascan big-headed turtles and rhinoceros chameleons. A number of well-maintained trails lead through the park, taking between two and four hours to walk. Meeting the   Sakalava People is a real highlight of Ankarafantsika. A collection of ethnic groups concentrated along Madagascar’s northwest coast, the Sakavala are known for their royal ancestor worship, most notably through their culture like Tromba ceremonies, as well as for farming huge herds of zebu cattle.

If you’re a nature lover, like to do an adventure then start packing your bags because Madagascar is one of the most bio-diverse places in the world. If nature isn’t your thing, fear not, there’s lots to do for beach-bums, shopaholics and culture-seekers. Let us take you there to realize your travel dream will become true. Contact