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With rare animal species, jaw-dropping scenery, beaches and water sports, Madagascar offers varied wildlife and outdoor adventures. A French colony for over half a century, Madagascar has European-styled towns providing the perfect complement to its natural attractions. It is located in the Indian Ocean, off the east coast of Africa, and is the world’s fourth-largest island.
One of Madagascar’s huge draws is its fascinating flora and fauna. Spot colorful frogs and the largest of all living lemurs, the indri, at Andasibe–Mantadia National Park. Montagne d’Ambre National Park has multicolored chameleons and uncommon orchids. Discover over 900 plant species, many used for food and medicine, at Arboretum d’Antsokay. Marvel at tall baobabs in Baobab Alley or admire the curious octopus trees in the Spiny Forest. Hike around the shores of Lake Itasy to see spectacular waterfalls surrounded by undulating hills.
With about 3,100 miles (5,000 kilometers) of coastline, Madagascar is a beach-lover’s paradise. Relax on Anakao’s white-sand beaches or visit the salt lake at Tsimanampetsotsa National Park. Learn to surf at Libanona Beach and ride big waves at Lavanono. Swim with barracuda, manta rays and starfish in the crystal-clear waters of the Mitsio Archipelago. Watch dolphins and breaching humpback whales on a boat tour from Ile Sainte-Marie.
See a slice of Madagascar’s French heritage and indigenous history in its characterful towns. Explore bustling markets and visit the imposing Queen’s Palace in Antananarivo, the island capital. In Antsirabe skilled local craftsmen hawk toys, jewelry and textiles. Wander around the stone gates and royal residences of Ambohimanga, Madagascar’s most sacred site.
Madagascar’s climate is hot and tropical, with monsoon rains and cyclones common between November and March and a dry season from April to October. Always check the current conditions before traveling.
Most international flights to Madagascar arrive at Ivato International Airport, a 25-minute drive from Antananarivo. Get around the island on organized tours or rent a jeep. Travel in Madagascar can be challenging and expensive but the memories are priceless.
Located in the heart of Antananarivo, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Musee Andafivaratra and Ambohitsorohitra Palace. Mahama Sina Stadium and Analakely Market are also within 15 minutes.
This Djamandjary lodge is on the beach, 1.8 mi (2.8 km) from Lokobe Nature Special Reserve, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Madirokely Beach and Lemuria Land Park. Nosy Tanikely and Natural Reserve of Lokobe are also within 16 miles (25 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Nosy Be hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Nosy Tanikely, Lokobe Nature Special Reserve and Lemuria Land Park. Madirokely Beach and Natural Reserve of Lokobe are also within 16 miles (25 km).
Located near the airport, this family-friendly hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Faravohitra Church, Musee d'Art et d'Archeologie and Musee Andafivaratra. Is'Art Galerie and Ambohitsorohitra Palace are also within 9 miles (15 km).
Located in the heart of Antananarivo, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ambohitsorohitra Palace, Musee Andafivaratra, and Is'Art Galerie. Analakely Market and Musee d'Art et d'Archeologie are also within 10 minutes.
Situated in Antananarivo, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ambohitsorohitra Palace, Musee d'Art et d'Archeologie and Is'Art Galerie. Analakely Market and Musee Andafivaratra are also within 10 minutes.
Located in the heart of Antananarivo, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Faravohitra Church, Analakely Market and Is'Art Galerie. Musee Andafivaratra and Ambohitsorohitra Palace are also within 15 minutes.