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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 1 mi (2 km) of Ambohitsorohitra Palace, Mahama Sina Stadium and Faravohitra Church. Andohalo Cathedral is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) away.
Located in the heart of Antananarivo, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Musee Andafivaratra and Ambohitsorohitra Palace. Mahama Sina Stadium and Faravohitra Church are also within 15 minutes.
Situated in Antananarivo, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ambohitsorohitra Palace, Musee d'Art et d'Archeologie and Musee Andafivaratra. Faravohitra Church and Mahama Sina Stadium are also within 15 minutes.
Nestled on the beach, this Djamandjary lodge is 5.6 mi (8.9 km) from Madirokely Beach and 12.2 mi (19.6 km) from Lemuria Land Park. Natural Reserve of Lokobe is 14.7 mi (23.6 km) away.
Nestled on the beach, this Antsiranana hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Antsiranana Cathedral and Independence Plaza. University of North Madagascar is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) away.
This Nosy Be hotel is on the beach, 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Madirokely Beach, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Natural Reserve of Lokobe and Lemuria Land Park.
Nestled on the beach, this Nosy Be hotel is within 16 mi (25 km) of Lemuria Land Park, Madirokely Beach and Natural Reserve of Lokobe.
Situated in Antananarivo, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Faravohitra Church, Ambohitsorohitra Palace and Musee Andafivaratra. Musee d'Art et d'Archeologie and Mahama Sina Stadium are also within 3 miles (5 km).