Holidays to Madagascar introduce you to staggeringly beautiful eco-systems. 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.
Luxury safaris here contain facts of epic proportions as Madagascar is home to 200,000 species of flora and fauna, 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 luxury holidays hold the adventure of discovering something new.
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.
If looking for unique or tailor-made holidays, Madagascar is one of the weirdest and most wonderful countries you are ever likely to visit.