EXPLORE EXOTIC MADAGASCAR
Baobabs and lemurs. Sifakas and indiris. Madagascar is home to some of Africa’s most iconic views, as well as some of its most unique wildlife and warm, wonderful people. This huge island is home to 5% of the globe’s known plant and animal species, and they can be found nowhere else. It is a destination with something for everyone. Click below to explore.
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Things To Do And See On A Madagascar Safari
Those who prefer land-based activities have nearly endless options, including incredible hiking throughout the island. From trails through the rain forest to fixed-cable routes through rock pinnacles, the variety of hikes on offer is astounding. A beach stroll is a nice way to pass the afternoon, too!
Travelers with cultural interests might have the chance to witness a reburial ceremony, explore ancient tombs, or visit a sacred Malagasy site to learn of its history. Foodies are catered to as well – the island offers up its own treasures such as spices, tropical fruit, local rum, and even Zebu – an extraordinary local beef.
Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park
One of Madagascar’s greatest geological attractions is Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park hosts two stunning geological formations – Great Tsingy and Little Tsingy. Roughly translated, tsingy means ‘the place where one cannot walk barefoot.’ It’s an apt description of the eroded limestone foundations that have created ‘forests’ of rock needles ripe for exploration. The main attraction here is hiking the park’s ‘ferrata’ routes that feature fixed-cables, ladders, and bridges. Visiting the park is a great adventure, but is not for the faint of heart, as exploration can be strenuous, though there are a few easy hikes.
Nosy Be’s perennially sunny climate makes it Madagascar’s top destination. With nearly endless water activities, including swimming, sailing, snorkeling, and fantastic diving, it’s the perfect destination for those looking to experience a taste of life on the Indian Ocean. The island is also home to crater lakes, beautiful waterfalls, and interesting agricultural plantations for those who can tear themselves away from the water.
Alee des Baobabs
Few sights in Madagascar are as recognizable as the Avenue of the Baobabs. The trees tower along a small section of the RN8 road, creating an incredibly memorable landscape. We recommend visiting at sunrise or sunset for the most dramatic views. Madagascar is home to 7 of the world’s 8 baobab species, 6 of which are endemic. These majestic trees are thought to live in excess of 1,000 years.
Andasibe-Mantadia National Park
This park (actually two parks in close proximity) rewards visitors with a wealth of wildlife. Eleven lemur species as well as diademed sifaka, rare reptiles and amphibians, and more than 100 bird species call the park home. Walks in the area range from 1-6 hours. Hikers willing to start early might be lucky to hear the wail of the indiri, the largest lemur species, echoing through the forest.