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Madagascar Holidays

It’s a sentence that is rarely true, but there really is nowhere else in the world quite like Madagascar. It's a strong contender for offering the most distinctive wildlife holidays on the planet. The islands separated from the African mainland some 165 million years ago, and much of its fauna and flora has evolved in a unique way - an astonishing 80% is endemic. Five per cent of the world's known animal and plant species are found here; and only here. 

For most visitors, the number one attraction is Madagascar's lemurs, of which there are over 100 species and subspecies, but beneath the forest canopy you’ll also find fossa, fanaloka and thousands more unique animals. Innumerable highlights include the world's smallest and largest chameleons, an abundance of exquisite geckos and more than 100 species of bird found nowhere else.

And these aren’t the only attraction. Madagascar holidays offer deserted white sand beaches to lounge on, a coastline on the Indian Ocean ready to be windsurfed and snorkelled and a melting pot of Malayo-Polynesian, African and European cultures to explore.

Holidays to Madagascar

An island apart

The island's best-known native inhabitants are the lemurs and peeling back the branches of palm trees in a mist shrouded cloud forest to spot them is the highlight of any trip. They come in all shapes and sizes. Some could fit into an egg cup; others measure more than a metre. Night-time walks are a must; witness the forest come alive as Madagascar’s many nocturnal creatures venture out to play. Look out for the furry-eared dwarf lemur, chameleons, tree frogs and the Madagascar long-eared owl as you prowl through the dark.

Coastal pursuit

It's not just the interior that is teeming with wildlife. Madagascar's magnificent coastline is dotted with pristine reefs and remote islands that are a haven for marine species. Watch humpback whales breaching off Ile Sainte Marie from July to September or spot sea turtles nibbling sea grass on a snorkel tour around the Nosy Be archipelago. This pretty cluster of islands offers sparkling sands and stylish lodgings. If you’re not the sit on the sand type, however, you can continue your Madagascar adventure on a kayaking or diving trip.

Best Madagascar holidays

Few people know more about the island and its wildlife than Derek Schuurman. He’s contributed to several guidebooks on the region, including Bradt's Madagascar Wildlife, and works with us at Rainbow. Derek and his colleagues can craft an itinerary that matches your interests and how you want to spend your Madagascar holiday.
Our trips take you to rainforests, national parks and NGO- run protected areas, where you can meet an assortment of Madagascar’s famous creatures with help from our expert wildlife guides. For a beach holiday with a twist, opt for our wonderful Madagascar Made Easy Deluxe itinerary. 

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