Madagascar ...... an island that is 1600 kilometres from north to south and home to over 25 million people, sitting around 450 kilometres off the coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean. Untouched by mass tourism, with welcoming and friendly folk whose ancestors came to the island from the south-east asian archipelago over 2,000 years ago. A land of rainforests and arid lands, unique animals and plants, stunning quiet beaches and spectacular scenery made up of rugged coasts, high mountains and desert-like landscapes. Add to this coral reefs and crystal clear (unpolluted) turquoise waters, and you have a destination that stands alone, and beckons you to see it. The island is renown for the diversity of nature that it harbours. David Attenborough and others have produced amazing documentaries highlighting this aspect of the nation. Around 90% of fauna and flora are found nowhere else on earth.
So why travel to Madagascar ?
Unique flora and fauna - from "Mouse Lemurs" to "Indri" - "Fossa" & 115 endemic bird species - the famed "baobab".
Beach resorts to fit all budgets - for honeymoons, families or just pure relaxation.
Some of the world's best "primary rainforests" to discover and wander through.
Underwater - Diving or snorkelling - stunning coral reefs and dive sites which are totally unspoilt.
(see our post on Nosy Be!!)
Hiking through areas of total diversity...... including the famous "Tsingy"
Canoeing down waterways in splendid isolation.
Join the locals in fishing or undertake some big game offshore.
Kite-surfing or wave surfing without crowds and near perfect conditions
Culture - experience a people from a blend of backgrounds, with traditions that will amaze you.
Enjoy the local cuisine, and throw in a lot of very good french inspired cooking - a delight.
Photography - people, landscapes, wildlife and so much more. Endless opportunities.