For most holiday makers, the number one attraction is lemurs, of which there are over 90 species. Innumerable other highlights include the world’s smallest and largest chameleons, an abundance of exquisite geckos, and over 100 types of birds found nowhere else.
Almost as big a draw as the wildlife is The Red Island’s amazingly varied landscapes. These range from dense tropical rainforests to rock formations naturally sculpted into fantastic shapes, and from razor-sharp limestone pinnacles called tsingy to stately avenues of baobabs.
Madagascar and its offshore islands are also fringed with gorgeous sandy beaches, and with reefs teeming with exotic fish. Madagascar holidays here can – and should – combine rainforest hikes and cross-country tours with time spent chilling out on a sunbed under a bending palm.