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Capital City

Antananarivo

Languages

French & Malagasy

Currency

Madagascar ariary

Time Difference (GMT) + 2 hour

Climate & average temperatures

Madagascar - Central
Months J F M A M J J A S O N D
Temp °C 26 25 25 24 22 20 19 20 23 25 26 25
Rain mm 287 262 193 58 18 8 8 10 15 61 152 290
Seasons Green Dry Green
Madagascar - North
Months J F M A M J J A S O N D
Temp °C 30 30 31 30 29 29 29 29 29 30 31 31
Rain mm 337 305 179 52 13 19 19 18 9 17 54 170
Seasons Green Dry Green
Airlines

Air France, South African Airways, British Airways, Air Mauritius, Virgin Atlantic

Flight time from UK

12 hours

 
Visa requirements

Visas are required but can be obtained on arrival

Health requirements

Contact your GP for information


Luxury Madagascar Holidays

When travellers take luxury Madagascar holidays they find the eco-systems are staggeringly beautiful. The west coast has deep bays and well protected and its people are a unique blend of culture of over 20 tribes, with fascinating roots originating initially from Indonesia and Africa. Located off the African coast, coral reefs and sandy beaches fringe the island, while dry deciduous forests can be found in the west, rainforests to the east and semi-desert conditions in the south.

This diverse terrain is home to staggering 200,000 species of flora and fauna, 80 per cent of which are endemic to the island. One will also find seven of the world’s eight types of baobab trees and over half its entire gecko species here. There are over 10,000 species of plant in Madagascar, including 1,000 strains of orchid. The benefit of a holiday in Madagascar, as opposed to archetypal African safari locations, is that here nothing is poisonous, so it can all be approached with ease.

Madagascar is probably best known for its lemur populations, of which the comical ring-tails and dancing sifakas are the most iconic. There are in fact more than 50 lemur species with more being discovered regularly, therefore every luxury holiday holds the adventure of discovering something new.

Even more intriguing is the recent discovery of giant, self-destructing palms which are so large that they can.....

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Luxury Madagascar Holidays

When travellers take luxury Madagascar holidays they find the eco-systems are staggeringly beautiful. The west coast has deep bays and well protected and its people are a unique blend of culture of over 20 tribes, with fascinating roots originating initially from Indonesia and Africa. Located off the African coast, coral reefs and sandy beaches fringe the island, while dry deciduous forests can be found in the west, rainforests to the east and semi-desert conditions in the south.

This diverse terrain is home to staggering 200,000 species of flora and fauna, 80 per cent of which are endemic to the island. One will also find seven of the world’s eight types of baobab trees and over half its entire gecko species here. There are over 10,000 species of plant in Madagascar, including 1,000 strains of orchid. The benefit of a holiday in Madagascar, as opposed to archetypal African safari locations, is that here nothing is poisonous, so it can all be approached with ease.

Madagascar is probably best known for its lemur populations, of which the comical ring-tails and dancing sifakas are the most iconic. There are in fact more than 50 lemur species with more being discovered regularly, therefore every luxury holiday holds the adventure of discovering something new.

Even more intriguing is the recent discovery of giant, self-destructing palms which are so large that they can be seen from satellites. Named Tahina spectabilis, which means ‘blessed’ or ‘to be protected’ in Malagasy, they only exist in the northwest of the island where they grow to about 20 metres high with leaves of 5 metres long. When the tree flowers, is expends so much energy that it collapses and dies.

There are stunning beaches with snow white sand, untouched coral reef and turquoise waters. The central highlands contain rounded and eroded hills, massive granite outcrops, extinct volcanoes and alluvial plains and marshes, which have been converted into irrigated rice fields. The Ihorombe Region is achingly haunting, with forested canyons and crystal clear natural pools in which to cool off after some wonderful hiking. Possibly the most bizarre region of all, the spiny desert of the southwest, should definitely be visited.

The resorts split their locale between both the coastal region and more densely vegetated areas.

If looking for a unique or tailor-made experience, Madagascar is one of the weirdest and most wonderful countries one is ever likely to visit.

 

 

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