Magical Madagascar

June 21st 2014  |   Madagascar, Wildlife Safaris, Countries, Experiences  |  by   Jo Ainscough
Magical Madagascar
Nosy Komba Beach, Nosy Be, Tsara Komba Lodge

Francis and Jo recently spent three weeks on an unforgettable exploratory trip to Madagascar which was neatly summed up by Francis as,

‘an intoxicating blend of people, landscape and wildlife. Combine the best bits,’ he says, ‘and you get a wonderfully diverse holiday. It’s not for the faint hearted, there’s some arduous travel, changeable scheduling and rustic accommodation – but that’s all part of the charm.’

A Madagascar holiday – what to expect

Here are some of their personal observations from this land of dramatic contrasts, diverse landscapes and intriguing culture:

chameleon madagascar

Karma Chameleon


  • The lemurs are quite captivating, with a different species for every forest habitat
  • Fantastic whale watching on the east side of the island
  • Chameleons galore
  • Up to 80{13c8d4b31df5f805556ed83a8829bbffcaa4563894948df0cae38482b102b43c} unique, endemic species of plant reptile, amphibian, bird and mammal
  • No large mammalian predators apart from man
Lemurs aplenty, Manafiafy

Lemurs aplenty, Red rufffed Lemurs, Manafiafy


  • Pristine forests including tropical, coastal, and unique dry spiny forest Impressive baobab forests in the west
  • Sadly all of the above is endangered with just 10{13c8d4b31df5f805556ed83a8829bbffcaa4563894948df0cae38482b102b43c} of the original forests remaining intact
Mandrare River Camp Game Drive baobab tree

Baobabs galore on a game drive! Mandrare River Camp


  • Some of the most glorious beaches we’ve ever seen – dazzling white sand and wonderful backdrops are as good as anywhere else in the Indian Ocean
  • Extraordinarily beautiful scenery – a mix of forest, terraced hillsides, coastal and mountainous landscapes
Nosy Komba Beach, Nosy Be, Tsara Komba Lodge

Nosy Komba Beach, Nosy Be, Tsara Komba Lodge


  • A totally different feel from East and Southern Africa – more Afro/Asian, with a French twist
  • With more road travel than in other safari countries you get a great opportunity to see absolutely fascinating glimpses of daily life
Dancing, Mandrare River Camp

Dancing, Mandrare River Camp


  • Excellent walking and lots of evening strolls to look for nocturnal wildlife – particularly lemurs
  • Especially good bird watching
  • Plenty of water activities including kayaking, boat trips, snorkelling, surfing and whale watching
  • Riding and quad biking
a whale breaching the surface of the sea

a whale breaching the surface of the sea, Princesse Bora, Ile Ste Marie, Madagascar

Madagascar holiday accommodation

Among their favourite lodges is Anjajavy, an idyllic beach paradise to rival anything you can find in the Seychelles or Mauritius, Mandrare River Camp, a remote safari camp offering incredible walking and cultural experiences, and Princesse Bora Lodge on the island of Ile Ste Marie, once the haunt of pirates and vagabonds and now a laid back piece of paradise.

Anajavy Hotel

Anajavy Hotel, Relais & Chateaux

Mandrare River Camp

Mandrare River Camp

Stand up paddle boarding Princesse Bora Lodge and Spa

Stand up paddle boarding Princesse Bora Lodge and Spa

The Aardvark Safaris team has lived and worked in Africa, and can match the right holiday in Madegascar for your family. All you need to do is email us or call us and tell us what you’d like to see and we’ll do the rest, giving tips and advice, and then putting together a full detailed itinerary.

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