The fourth largest island in the world, 450km east of Africa in the Indian Ocean, Madagascar is a geographically diverse paradise, also known as the Eighth Continent featuring unique wildlife, stunning beaches and a rich culture. For where to go in Madagascar, top places to see and visit in Madagascar, whether remote fishing villages, spotting rare lemurs or staying in luxury hotels, this is the definitive guide, with over 280 destination features, for what to do and see in Madagascar.
Madagascar divides naturally into FIVE different regions for travel, sight-seeing and adventure.
With 592,000 km² of breathtaking landscape including lofty mountains, lakes, waterfalls and tropical rainforest plus a unique ecosystem and colourful culture, Madagascar offers some of the most varied and exciting sights in the world. To do Madagascar, though, as a one or two week vacation, it's best to plan a region - or regions - to visit according to what you want to experience.
Situated in the Indian Ocean off the coast of East Africa with the equator close to the north of the island gives Madagascar its unique geography and a varied climate that can change from region to region with long dry seasons and intense rainfall depending on where and when you travel.
Whatever time of year there is a benefit. Enjoy the extraordinary variety of birdlife from September to November, watch magnificient Boss whales off the coast from July to September and Whale sharks from October to December, or marvel at the flowering orchids during the cyclone season from January to March.
Once you've arrived in Madagascar you can fly internally to all the different regions with Tsaradia Airlines, or the really intrepid traveller can take a taxi, car, bus or motorbike, but be aware that some of the roads can be challenging.
You'll have the trip of a lifetime wherever you go in Madagascar, whether you stay in the Central region for scenic landscapes and history, go North for beaches and mountains, head West to some of the clearest waters of the Mozambique Canal, fly South for surreal vegetation and sunshine or travel East for spices and luxurious tropical vegetation.
About the Guide
All the destinations featured within this Guide have previously been published in Prime Magazine, the Official Magazine of Air Madagascar. With a new issue published every month, Prime Magazine is complimentary, available on all Air Madagascar flights, at high quality locations throughout the Big Island, across the entire Indian Ocean Region and internationally. You can read the latest published Magazine here
Discover the destinations of Madagascar via the Tsaradia Airlines Network, flying daily to eleven destinations in Madagascar, so you can explore the Big Isle.
International airlines including Air Madagascar, fly into Ivato airport, 20km north of the capital, Antananarivo (Tana). From here you can fly to all the different regions of Madagascar.
For a more detailed travel guide to the regions of Madagascar, use the links in the navigation above.
The fourth largest island in the world, 450km east of Africa in the Indian Ocean, Madagascar is a geographically diverse paradise, also known as the Eighth Continent featuring unique wildlife, stunning beaches and a rich culture. For where to go in Madagascar, top places to see and visit in Madagascar, whether remote fishing villages, spotting rare lemurs or staying in luxury hotels, this is the definitive guide for what to do and see in Madagascar.
Madagascar National Parks were established in 1991, covering 43 Protected Areas with a mission to 'establish, conserve and manage in a sustainable manner, a national networks of Parks and Reserves representative of the jewels of biodiversity and natural heritage specific to the Big Island'.
Discover not only the remaining primary forests of Madagascar but also the plethora of fauna and flora including species not found anywhere else in the world, all protected in these National Parks sanctuaries.
Nosy Hara is an island located north-west of Madagascar, in the DIANA Region. It is best known as a marine park and considered by visitors to be a true paradise. All islands of the Nosy Hara archipelago are made of limestone, called Tsingy.....
The National Park of Isalo is appreciated for its ruin-shaped relief displaying a variety of landscapes with close appearance to a shredded stone castle. The magnificent show in front of your eyes is the combined work of wind, rain and erosion on the rocks of the Isalo massif, appeared 200 million years ago during the Jurassic era.....
From time-tested techniques for creating bricks to the passed down craft of making fishing schooners to ritual dances, traditional headwear and after death rituals, Madagascar is rich in the sort of culture that money can't buy. To invest in some time to discover Madagascar's traditional ways of life click here.
Orangea, this paradise site of Diégo-Suarez housed in the 19th century the "port aux Boutres" or "Port des Arabes" or "Port des Antalaotra". These Islamic seafarers from Mayotte or Zanzibar, who mastered the Swahili dialect, supplied the people of the north of the island with manufactured goods and weapons. They also sometimes traded slaves.....
Located in the UNESCO marine biosphere reserve of Sahamalaza, about 100 km south of Nosy Be, accessible by boat and private plane, is Nosy Saba which means "Life is sweet". This 130 hectare island naturally offers everything that nature and sea lovers can expect.....
The history of Nosy Be dates back to the beginning of the arrival of Arabs on the island in the 900s. At this time a city called Mahilaka was created which created the first trading post of the island. These first inhabitants lived on the export of copal, iron, chlorite, rock crystal, gold and slaves, a maritime connection with a large part of the countries of the Indian Ocean.....
Since the waterfall was discovered by priests, it was named the "Cascade of Good Fathers". It is one of the most beautiful waterfalls on the Big Island, with a difference in altitude of more than 80 metres shaped like a succession of natural bathtubs. Do not hesitate to bathe here. No wonder it is one of the most visited sites in the northern part of Madagascar.....