Madagascar lies in the Indian Ocean off the southeast coast of Africa opposite Mozambique. The world's fourth-largest island, it is twice the size of Arizona. Madagascar has evolved into one of the world's most phenomenal destinations for natural history travel. The world's fourth-largest island contains an immense diversity of flora and fauna. Of 12,000 plant species identified here, 10,000 are endemic to the island including seven of the world's nine species of the iconic Baobab tree, some Renowned national parks and World Heritage Site. Madagascar travel takes you through diverse habitats from 5.000 km of coastline, 220 small islands. It is a Bio-diversity hot spot. Seek out some of the 40 different species of lemurs, a primate group found only on Madagascar, and identify many species of chameleons in their wild habitat as well as some of the world's most bizarre creatures on Earth like the nightmarish hissing cockroach, so-called Dracula ants, and the Giraffe-necked weevil. It has a rich and fascinating culture, composed of 18 different ethnic groups that derive from a long history of trade and migration from throughout Indonesia, Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, all united in a common Malagasy culture and language. Enjoy the Legendary hospitality of the Malagasy people.
Madagascar’s most popular attractions include:
Perinet Rain Forest
Analamazaotra or Perinet is Madagascar's most accessible rainforest park. It is famous for the Indri, a lemur that sings like a whale but looks like a cross between a human and a panda. The species is readily seen—and heard—in Perinet and in the adjacent community forest run by Mitsinjo. Perinet is also known for its biodiversity of other lemur species, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. Excellent guides are available in both the park and Mitsinjo.
Nosy Be Archipelago
The Nosy Be Archipelago is situated off the north west coast of Madagascar (280 km2). Commonly known as the “big Island” and includes numerous smaller surrounding islands. It’s tropical climate and classical ‘Indian Ocean holiday island’ appeal makes it a leading sea, sun & sand destination. To make the most of your time on Nosy Be Island Madagascar, be sure to visit some of the surrounding islands. Nosy Be island boasts fine hotels ranging from upmarket resort type hotels to small intimate island style boutique hotels, there is certainly accommodation to suit all budgets. Nosy Sakatia Island (Orchid Island), a small lush island, a short boat trip from the main island offering excellent snorkelling, diving and moderate hiking. Deservedly the most popular of these, are Nosy Komba & Nosy Tanikely in the south, a full day excursion to these two islands is recommended. On Nosy Komba see the village culture where man and lemurs live in harmony with one another. Discover fascinating Madagascar wildlife, fauna and flora including Lemurs, Chameleons and Boa Constrictors. The Lemur sanctuary allows you to get up close and personal with these endearing little animals. Nosy Tanikely, a marine reserve offering world-class snorkelling right off the beach and scuba diving. Further out, lie the smaller private island of Nosy Iranja and Nosy Mitsio (Tsarabanjina) distances require overnights stays. These islands offer a more upmarket & personalised accommodation.
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