For most holiday makers, the number one attraction is lemurs, of which there are over 100 species. Innumerable other highlights include the world’s smallest and largest chameleons, around 400 species of frogs and over 110 species of birds found nowhere else.
Almost as big a draw as the wildlife is the Great Red Island’s amazingly varied landscapes. These range from dense, humid rainforests to dry sandstone formations naturally sculpted into fantastic shapes, and from razor-sharp limestone pinnacles called tsingy to imposing granite domes or 'inselbergs'.
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.