Madagascar’s History & Background:
The written history of Madagascar began in the seventh century A.D – when Arabs established trading posts along the northwest coast. However, the first people who came to Madagascar were from Southeast Asia, mostly from the Indonesian islands. These people arrived in around the fourth century, probably via East Africa. This explains the Malagasy features which are a mixture of Asian (Austronesian) and African, as well as of the Arabs who came later. Because of tropical storms which commonly affect the coast, some of the early settlers left the coast and went to live in the centre of the island in the mountains where the weather was cooler and less windy. The people who live in the mountains today have preserved many of the Asian features.
Scheduled and Tailor-Made Safaris:
Madagascar is a unique beach and island holiday destination off the African coast. Below you will find numerous small group (maximum of 10 clients) Madagascar vacation options that we run in and around the tropical waters of Madagascar. We have some great Madagascar holiday packages that you can choose from alternatively, if you wish, we can tailor-make your Madagascar vacations to suit all your needs and wants (dates, group size, budget….). There are so many options available in Madagascar from a cultural tour, to a beach holiday through to the many special interest tours like, scuba diving, birding, kite surfing, surfing, fishing etc. We can help you with all your travel arrangements inclusive of flights… We are sure that you will be able to find the perfect Madagascar vacation package with us!
Best Time to travel for your Madagascar vacation:
With Monsoon time from January to March the best time to travel to Madagascar is generally from April to December. Madagascar has two seasons: a hot, rainy season from November to April; and dry season with a cooler temperature from May to October. There is, however, great variation in climate owing to elevation and position relative to the dominant winds. The east coast has a subequatorial climate and, being most directly exposed to the trade winds, has the heaviest rainfall – averaging as much as 3.5 meters annually! Because rain clouds discharge much of their moisture east of the highest elevations on the island, the central highlands are drier and, owing to the altitude, also cooler. The dry season in the highlands is pleasant and sunny, although somewhat chilly, especially in the mornings. During this time, the blue skies of the central highlands are considered by many to be among the clearest and most beautiful in the world. The west coast is drier than the east coast and the central highlands because the trade winds lose their humidity by the time they reach this region. The south-west and the extreme south are semi-desert; as little as one-third of a meter of rain falls annually at Toliara (Tulear).
Area: 594,180 sq km
Capital of Madagascar: Antananarivo (Tana) (pop 588,000)
Madagascar Climate: : It is hot with sub tropical weather. From November to March is it’s summer which is also known as the hurricane season. From April to October it is winter, which is dry and the temperature are mild.
People: Eighteen major ethnic groups, including Malayo-Indonesian, African, Arab, French, Indian, Creole and Comoran
Official Language in Madagascar: Malagasy, French
Time: GMT plus three hours