Apart from several interesting churches, most of Tulear’s remaining buildings are fairly nondescript, as is its setting against a backdrop of mangroves and mudflats. The surrounding Madagascar area, however, offers numerous attractions and Madagascar highlights including good beaches, diving and snorkelling, surfing, kite surfing and wild surfing at Ifaty to the north and Anakao to … Read moreTulear
The Tsingy Nature Reserve is actually two parks, the Petit Tsingy and the Grand Tsingy. So far, recorded, there are 53 species of bird, eight of reptile and six of lemur. Organised trips into the Tsingy may include a spectacular canoe trip down the Manambolo River or simply an interesting day trip to the limestone … Read moreTsingy Nature Reserve
Toamasina is a popular vacation destination among the Malagasy and is to Antanarivo what Brighton is to London, or Nice is to Paris. Even though there is a beach at Tamatave – swimming isn’t recommended… which isn’t an issue because as soon as you visit this area on a Madagascar tour all you will want … Read moreTamatave
Most hotels on Sainte Marie are along the coast south of Ambodifotatra, where the beach is narrow but pleasant. The north-western part of the island is quieter, but more difficult to access. The east coast is relatively rugged and – until recently – undeveloped. It offers some of the better beaches, particularly on the Ampanihy … Read moreSainte Marie
The main tribal group in the area is the Tanala, who are known for the honey they produce, as well as for their ‘tavy’ (slash-and-burn) farming methods. Visiting the Ranomafana National Park is a great highlight of any Madagascar tour…
With an area of 321 km2, Nosy Be (‘Big Island’) is the largest of Madagascar’s offshore islands. It’s often billed in tourist brochures as the ‘Ile aux Parfums’ and, like the nearby Comoros islands, is a centre for the production of perfume essence from the ylang-ylang tree. Other island products include sugar cane, coffee, vanilla, … Read moreNosy Be
Park National de Isalo, also commonly known as Isalo National Park, was established in 1962 and covers 81,540 hectares of wildly eroded sandstone massif. The grassy plains are surrounded by sandstone ridges sculpted into various wild forms, and secluded in the rocks are many Sakalava Tombs. The Canyon des Singes (‘Canyon of Monkeys’) makes for … Read moreIsalo National Park
Fianarantsoa was founded in 1830 when Queen Ranavalona decided to build an intermediate capital between Antananarivo and the remote southern provinces. Fianarantsoa lies at the heart of one of Madagascar’s most fertile agricultural areas, and is renowned for its production of wine and tea. The markets and the bargains that you can get in this … Read moreFianarantsoa
In the late 19th century, the French established a naval base here, which remained until 1973. Today Antsiranana is a provincial capital, an important port, and northern Madagascar’s main town. If you are looking for a Madagascar vacation then this is a slightly different and yet great option for you; bustling markets, a working port, … Read moreDiego Suarez
Antananarivo is a city for walking. Some of the most interesting places and views will be chanced upon during leisurely walks – that may climb haphazardly over the hills. Tana is truly a lovely Madagascar vacation destination and spending a few days there will be a great experience!
Topographically, the area is characterised by low hills covered by a degraded forest and dotted with a few small, attractive lakes. The best time to visit this area for a stunning Madagascar vacation is from September to January, and in May.