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An island nation with a history of migration and colonial rule, Madagascar is also one of the most biodiverse countries on Earth and the majority of the plants that grow here can’t be found anywhere else in the world. Swim in sparkling blue coastal waters, embark on rainforest treks and hike through vast plains in this picturesque, wildlife-rich island.
Colonized at various times by both the French and the English, Madagascar has been an independent nation since 1960. Although locals mainly speak Malagasy, listen and you may also hear French and English, both popular second languages, being spoken.
Antananarivo, the capital city, is also known as “Tana” and is a fascinating place to learn about Madagascar’s history. Visit the palace complex, the Rova of Antananarivo. The palace sits on the city’s highest hill and encompasses a cemetery where past monarchs are buried. Time your visit to coincide with one of the traditional festivals that take place here, such as the Santabary Festival, a celebration of the first rice harvest, which usually takes place in April or May.
Madagascar offers plenty of thrills for adventure seekers. Go whale watching in the open waters of the Indian Ocean, hiking up Mount Tsiafajavona and paragliding in Isalo National Park. Look for lemurs, which are endemic to the island, at the dedicated Lemurs’ Park just outside Antananarivo. Other popular outdoor activities include guided tours to Sakaleona, Madagascar’s tallest waterfall.
Multiple airlines operate flights to Madagascar from Europe, Asia and Africa. Domestic flights are also readily available and are one of the easiest ways to get around the country. On land, join locals in using taxi brousse, also known as bush taxi. These minibuses carry passengers between towns and villages. Dress modestly in respect for the Malagasy culture and drink bottled water to avoid an upset stomach.
For a unique experience, participate in one of Madagascar’s sustainable tourism programs. These provide opportunities for outsiders to spend time in villages eating, working and learning trades, such as basket weaving, alongside the local residents.
A: If your plan is to go and explore the region of Analamanga or even farther afield, a rental car is a must. Roll down the windows and find all the attractions and landscapes that this amazing place has to offer. Not heading far away from the cities of Antananarivo or Toamasina? Your own set of wheels is the perfect way to escape the beaten track. For Cheap Car Hire in Madagascar, we can help.
A: While Madagascar has its fair share of airports, international flights mostly fly into one of these major terminals:
A: The most frequently booked accommodation in Madagascar are hotels. There are also lots of guest houses, lodges and apart-hotels.
A: You can begin by picking your hotel, car and flight. Lock in as little or as much as you want. Next comes the more exciting stuff — booking fun activities and unforgettable adventures. With a ton of fantastic options to choose from, organising your upcoming holiday in Madagascar will be easy.
A: One of the best ways to save dollars is to bundle your bookings with the help of Expedia. Hotels, Flights and Experiences can be made into a convenient package — doing this will save you precious time as well. Keep this in mind before you book.
A: You'll have ample options — Analakely Market, Lac Anosy and Is'Art Galerie are some to start with. These well-known landmarks are located in Antananarivo.
If in Toamasina, you'll have fun at Place de la Colonne and Toamasina Municipal Stadium. Port of Toamasina is also a popular choice.
Or, for something different, learn why Asabotsy Market, Antsirabe Cathedral Church and East Park are excellent attractions for travellers visiting Antsirabe.
The property has been fully upgraded. The stay was very enjoyable and the only concerns were that the internet was a lot slower than back in the US and the shower did not have a curtain which allowed the bathroom floor to get wet. I would be happy to stay there again with no hesitation as it was ...
Good hotel, very convenient for family trip location with excellent food and beverages! Seafood of different kids was available every day.
A nice and quiet place directly at the beach with lovely Bungalows. Excellent service from the holy hotel team with an smart and friendly touch. Many leisure time activities in and around the sea and on the island. Thank you for the warm welcome and the family’s Flair.
We enjoyed our stay at Tsarabanjina. Beautiful and remote, perfect getaway from Life’s everyday hussle and bustle! The staff were amazing and made us feel like family. Would definitely recommend.
We had the three bedroom villa. Everything was amazing. Could not be better however very remote.
Very Nice Hotel, with very nice people. I enjoyed my holiday's. I will repeat next summer for 3rd time is sure. Thank to all the staff :-)
The staff was simply amazing. They were incredibly helpful and friendly. The only recommendation for travelers would be to bring any cash you need with you as ATM's were not easily accessible.
We expected 3 relaxing days at the end of our Madagascar holiday. The hotel was not what we expected at all. We were treated differently than the French speaking people. We were unable to book an excursion, because all were presented in French and the reception was unable to explain in English. The ...