Madagascar is the world’s 4th largest island. It has evolved into one of the world’s most phenomenal destinations for adventure tourism, relaxing getaways, diving and fishing excursions and natural history travel. It contains an immense diversity of flora, fauna and precious stones.
Madagascar has opened its arms to tourism, and can accommodate most types of traveler, but is by no means a Mauritius, and has to date been very protective of over-exploiting its natural resources or over-developing its coastline.
On many of the spots on your journey you will be the only boat moored or the only people on a beach, yet you are only ten hours direct flight from Paris or 3 hours from Johannesburg.
The best exploration of the island exists on or off the 5000km of coastline or on many of its 220 islands, and hence is only reachable by boat. The Wildlife is world famous.
The rich diversity of ethnic groups migrating from Indonesia, Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, are today united in the Malagasy people, well-known for their hospitality and friendly nature.
Antananarivo, or ‘Tana’, is Madagascar’s capital city, and a stop-over for many flights from South Africa. The city has a French colonial history and a French atmosphere with French being widely spoken.
Worth a visit is the tourist craft market for brightly coloured handicrafts, spices, cookware and fabrics, the Queen’s Palace and associated Royal Village or Rova Palace of Justice; Palace of Andafiavaratra, the market of Analakely. The Tsimbazaza Zoological and Botanical Garden.