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Madagascar

Madagascar

Indian Ocean is jam-packed with things to do. The hardest part of planning your holiday will be deciding which to do first!

Madagascar Travel

Located about 400 kilometres off the African continent, Madagascar the world’s fourth largest island has a true Noah’s Ark ecosystem. Away from the busy world, Madagascar’s beauty is wholly cultivated by nature. It is home to a mosaic fauna of which more than 80% of it is considered as endemic island species. The volcanic massif of the interiors of Madagascar are densely layered by native forestation sheltering a varied population of Lemurs, birds and lizards to name a few.

From Antananarivo to Nosy Be, each region of Madagascar has its own charm and uniqueness. The Great Red Island is so vast that one week or even one month seem too short for leaving this place with no regret. You will discover this immensity at the pace of minibus and that is probably the most beautiful part of it; Madagascar is still preserved from mass tourism. A trip to Madagascar is a journey to authenticity, a place where the beauty of nature takes you to the remains of the past.

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Climate

With its ideal location in the western part of the Indian Ocean, Madagascar enjoys a mild climate that can prevail during the course of the year. However, depending on climatic areas, landscapes, activities and attractions contrast and sometimes quite dramatically. High plateaus like the Antananarivo region can get windy and cold in winter. The west coast and its turquoise waters enjoy tropical sunshine all year with barely any raincloud. On the east side of the island, rainfall irrigates the savannahs and their opulent forestation from December to April and from June to August.

Summer

Summer in Madagascar starts in November and ends in April. This period is characterised by a hot and humid atmosphere where coastal regions temperatures can reach up to 35°C.

Winter

In winter (May-October), things can really change. On high plateaus, the temperature can drop to 5°C. Central and eastern regions see morning drizzles and mist while beaches of the west are still lukewarm.

When to visit Madagascar

The only period to avoid is the cyclonic one which is from December to March as cyclones can get somewhat intense in this part of the world.

West & North:
For beach holidays, the western northern coast are best to visit in September & October as there is practically no rainfalls and wafts work in favour of the numerous water-based activities.

East, South, Central:
The south of Madagascar has a semi-desertic climate and can be visited during most time of the year. For the eastern & central region, it is best to avoid rainy periods. Overall, the best time to visit Madagascar is during the seasonal change intervals.

USEFUL INFO Madagascar - Flag

Population: 22.9 million (2013)
Capital: Antananarivo
Total area: 587,041 km2
Language: Malagasy & French
Currency: Malagasy ariary
Time zone: UTC +4

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WEATHER INFO

Mean summer temperature: 22.5 °C
Mean winter temperature: 14 °C
Warmest months: January - February
Cyclonic period: December-March

 

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

01-JAN: NEW YEAR
28-MAR: EASTER DAY
29-MAR: MARTYRS DAY
01-MAY: LABOUR DAY
05-MAY: ASCENSION DAY
16-MAY: WHITE MONDAY
26-JUN: INDEPENDENCE DAY
15-AUG: ASSUMPTION
01-NOV: ALL SAINTS' EVE
11-DEC: REPUBLIC DAY
25-DEC: CHRISTMAS

What to see
Madagascar Nosy Be

Located about twenty minutes by boat from the northwest coast of Madagascar, Nosy Be is simply the most popular resort island of Madagascar.

Madagascar Ranaomafana

With its scenic alleys and its numerous streams splashing through the dense forest hills, Ranomafana National Park is one of the best tourist attractions in Madagascar.

Madagascar Ile Sainte Marie

Protected bays, crystal clear waters and pristine white sand beaches, the small island of Sainte Marie portrays the tropical beauty of Madagascar.

Madagascar Masoala National Park

This massive rainforest park is the largest protected area of Madagascar. Walk and discover numerous lemur species like the famous Aye-aye, the world’s largest nocturnal primate.

Madagascar Avenue of the Baobabs

This place is known to best one of the best in Africa for amazing sunsets. Ancient Baobabs of more than 2000 years old beautifully shape this mystic alley and its ever-changing colours.

Madagascar Isalo National Park

Cross a real lush oasis fed by a warmish waterfall to reach its splendid green natural pool and along the way, discover numerous species of lemurs living in their natural habitat.

Madagascar Reserve of Perinet

Also known as Mantadia National Park, this is the best best place to observe lemurs, sifakas and many bird species. We recommend taking a full day hike.

Madagascar Ifaty

Located on the southwest coast of Madagascar is a peaceful coastal region with warm bays coinciding with the presence of corals, a bliss for snorkeling.

Where to eat

Explore the best restaurants and places to eat in Madagascar.

Activities
Whale Watching in Madagascar

During winter, take a day to watch Humpback whales of Madagascar. Sometimes no need to take the sea, these whales can be seen from land, particularly on the island of Sainte Marie.

Nosy be sailing

Nosy Be is actually an archipelago of 12 uninhabited islands. Discover the pleasures of island hopping on a speedboat or a yacht cruising the vivid blue sea.

Fishing in Madagascar

In Madagascar, one just needs a boat to access world-class fisheries. With several pelagic species crossing the northern part of Madagascar, jig fishing, popping and big game fishing is a must.

Diving in Madagascar

Madagascar’s generous fauna & flora prolongs to metres deep in the lagoons and seas that surround the island. In Nosy Be or pretty much everywhere in the north and west, enjoy diving in a colourful setting.

Road Trip in Madagascar

This is to try when visiting the Avenue of Baobabs and other city trips. Some roads might be dangerous due to their impracticability, so get a guide or ask one to trace a route for you.

Quad Biking in Madagascar

For energetic mornings, or to explore the wonderful sights of the islands like Nosy Be and Fort Dauphin, rend a quadbike, and drive your way across nature.

surfing in Madagascar

Beachbreaks, left and right waves, Madagascar presents diverse surfing spots, especially in the eastern and southern parts of the island.

Bird Watching Madagascar

With its unique flora, Madagascar is a haven for numerous bird species. Embark on a birdwatching tour to eyesight some rare endemic bird species.

Tourism Services in Madagascar

Tourism Service

Before travelling to Madagascar, you need to know the basic facts and practical information. The same text should be put for other island pages.

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Madagascar Tourism services

For more detailed information about the great red island, please consult the Madagascar Tourism Board website.

http://www.madagascar-tourisme.com/en

TOURISM
GENERAL INFO

Visa: Required .
Passport: valid passport required.
Health: Routine Immunizations recommended
Flight Time (UK): 11 hours
Time Zone: GMT +3
Time difference: winter +3 summer +2
Coordinates: 18.7669° S, 46.8691° E
Country code: +261
Currency: Malagasy ariary
Credit card: accepted in cities & hotels
Coastline: 4828 km
Highest peak: 2,876m Maromokotro
Roads: Pay attention to paved roads
Driving: right-side driving
Road Toll: None
Mobile operators: Airtel & Orange
Mobile coverage: International roaming (add. Costs)
Tipping: not compulsory
Security: Prudence required, more details here
Electrical: Voltage 220/250 – outlets of Type D & F
Water: safe in cities (Preferably bottled water)
Bus services: we recommend bus in major cities only

 

USEFUL NUMBERS

Tourist info: 20 22 661 15
Hospital: 20 22 324 - 59 43 880 00
Airline data: 20 22 510 34
Meteorological Services: 20 26 396 32
Police: 17 / 117
Fire brigade: 118
SAMU Ambulances: 215

 

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