Island of discovery

Madagascar is famous for its enchanting lemurs, but it is also home to a huge number of animal and plant species, many of which are indigenous to this early breakaway from the world’s single landmass, Gondwanaland.
The natural history in Madagascar is rich beyond belief and the landscapes vary greatly, including arid, semi-desert regions, beaches fringed by rainforests and paddy fields clinging to sheer mountainsides.

Madagascar has been treated over the years by its colonial rulers, France, as a private garden: the 20th century has been kept at bay and the unspoilt people are delighted to meet visitors on holiday. Conservation has come only recently to the island, and although its unique diversity of flora, lemurs, chameleons and breathtaking scenery are under pressure, it still retains pockets of great natural beauty. Once these have been explored visitors can move on to countless beaches, unspoiled islands and more than 1,000 kilometres of coral reef.

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Visiting the deciduous forest, spiny forest, and gallery forest with its ancestral tombs of the local Antandroy tribe for an incredible combination of wildlife, scenery and culture.


Madagascar when to travel

Full Name
Republic of Madagascar
21.9 million (UN, 2012)
587,041 sq km (226,658 sq miles)
Major Languages
Malagasy (official), French
Major religion
Indigenous beliefs, Christianity
Monetary Unit
Main Exports
Vanilla, coffee, seafood, cloves, petroleum products, chromium, fabrics
Flight time from London
10 hours to Johannesburg, 3 hour connection to Antananarivo
Time Difference
GMT + 3
Some of our Madagascar Highlights