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Madagascar

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SUMMARY

The world’s fourth largest island, Madagascar is a vast magical land just waiting to be discovered.

A former French colony, it offers a beguiling range of things to do and see as well as many areas to be explored. Rich in flora and fauna, much of which is found nowhere else on earth, a typical trip can include the lemurs of the Perinet Reserve, the baobabs of Morondava, the whales of Sainte Marie and the narrow streets and alleyways of charming Antananarivo, and while the infrastructure may be poor, the rewards are rich. The jewel in Madagascar’s crown, however, is the offshore island of Nosy Be and its outlying neighbours. Largely undeveloped but boasting some superb beach hideaways, this really is island paradise. With whiter sands, clearer seas and more dramatic settings and sunsets than any of its Indian Ocean rivals, the idyll is completed by virgin beaches with nesting turtles and playful dolphins.


HIGHLIGHTS INSIDERS' TIPS WHEN TO GO WILDLIFE

  • Spot many of the various species of lemur
  • Track turtles as they come ashore
  • Marvel at the baobab landscape
  • Take a sunset cruise dolphin-spotting
  • Visit a vanilla farm for a unique souvenir