MADAGASCAR

a paradise for nature lovers

Holidays in Madagascar

A holiday in Madagascar means being surrounded by natural wonders. A country like nowhere else on earth, with ancient and unique flora and fauna. Its landscapes range from giant baobabs to highland rice fields and stunning island beaches. Facing directly onto the Indian Ocean, the east coast of Madagascar is the wettest and lushest part of the island, covered by protected rainforest national parks. Make sure to include this area in your itinerary, if you wish to see lemurs.

Madagascar Islands
Off the coast of the mainland, the island beaches are gloriously unspoiled. A paradise made of pure white sands, lush rainforest and crystal-clear turquoise waters. Nosy Be is the largest island of the archipelago off the northwestern coast of Madagascar. Among the surrounding islands could be found the quiet volcanic island of Nosy Komba, also known as the ‘lemur island’, and the wonderful secluded hideaway of Nosy Tsarabanjina.

Nosy Be
Nosy Be is a small island a few kilometers off the north-western coast of Madagascar, connected by ferry from the mainland. It’s known for its delightful climate almost all year-round and white-sand beaches, coral reefs and tropical waters. Inland, forested reserves and lush ridges are home to island birds, peculiar reptiles and lemurs. Nosy Be is a must-visit destination for sun seekers and nature lovers.

About Madagascar

The world’s fourth largest island, Madagascar is situated just off the east coast of Africa. Madagascar’s history is key to its development. The island split from Gondwana before big predators had developed. Instead of primates Madagascar developed lemurs, a gentle, unaggressive type of monkeys, whose nearest relative lives in South America.

Capital

Antananarivo, also known by its colonial name Tana, is the capital and the largest city of Madagascar.

Language

Malagasy and French are the official languages. English is spoken only in major tourist establishments and by some tour guides.

Local Time

Madagascar’s time zone is 3 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (UTC) all year round.

Religion

A majority of the population (52 percent) adhered to indigenous beliefs, with Christianity being the largest single religion at 41 percent, followed by Islam at 7 percent.

The best time to visit Madagascar

The best time to visit Madagascar depends on what you would like to do and see. Climate varies extremely across the island. Madagascar has a classic southern hemisphere seasonal pattern: it is usually hot and rainy between about November and April (summer), and colder and drier between about May and October (winter).

  • January – March: it’s cyclone season, so we would advise against travelling to Madagascar during this time.
  • April – September: during the winter months the weather is enjoyable and the landscape is lush and green, with wildlife such as lemurs and reptiles often making an appearance.
  • July – August the weather is cool and dry, making this a comfortable time to explore.
  • October-November: tend to be fairly warm with little rain, so this is an ideal time to visit.

Holidays in Madagascar: what to do

Travelers to the island are constantly enchanted by the rainforests, the beaches, and the sharp limestone cliffs. While the country is quite poor, tourism has steadily increased over the years. This makes sense when looking at the list of unique things to do in Madagascar when traveling on holiday. These unusual experiences make visiting the island an unforgettable adventure.

Tsarabanjina

Madagascar

Exclusive island, Tsarabanjina, a small pearl in the Mozambique Channel

Adventure, Couples, Nature, Sea Lovers

Whales Watching

Madagascar

From August to September we will go in search of humpback whales!

Adventure, Couples, Family, Nature, Sea Lovers

Nosy Be - Quad Trip

Madagascar

Discover the interior of Nosy Be: a guided tour of the island along dirt roads by quad!

Adventure, Couples, Family, Nature

Madagascar Hotels and Resorts

Madagascar offers a wide range of accommodations.
Browse our highly curated collection of Madagascar hotels to see what’s the best for your holiday.

Madagascar Travel Tips

Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world but is not enough popular, even among experienced travelers. This gives Madagascar an exclusive timeless appeal. If you are planning to travel to Madagascar, it is useful to get some information in order to face your trip in safety, and fully enjoy your well-deserved vacation.

Visa

All visitors pay for a visa (in euros or US dollars) regardless of your citizenship. Please contact your nearest Malagasy consulate for the latest fees and applications. The short-term tourist visa will allow you a 30 days entry into the country. Your passport must be valid for six months after your day of entry.

Vaccines and Medicines

For arrivals by air directly from Europe, Madagascar has no required injections or vaccines, though if you’re stopping over in an African country that is within the yellow fever transmission zone, you may well be required to show an International Vaccination Certificate for yellow fever.

How to pay

The currency in Madagascar is the Malagasy Ariary but almost all tourist-related costs and fees are contracted in euros. Madagascar has a largely cash-based economy. Credit cards can be used to settle bills for some services, but most business are not set up to accept them. Cheques are not widely accepted in Madagascar. The best strategy is to carry a Visa debit card to withdraw local currency from ATMs or taking Euros and then changing them when you arrive at the airport.

Electricity in Madagascar

Madagascar provides 220V AC current and uses two-pin Continental-style plugs, either a “Type E” or “Type F” Schuko or a flat, “Type C” Europlug. Many hotels have backup generators they use during frequent blackouts.

Local Time

Local time is GMT + 3 all year round.

How to dress

Conservative casual wear is generally acceptable everywhere, but revealing clothes should be avoided since they may cause offence, especially in towns and villages.

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