A trip to Madagascar is an adventure in untouched nature, among the forests and impressive rock formations, up to the picturesque beaches caressed by the waters of the Indian Ocean.
There are large animals, and then forget about safari, but nature still has a lot to offer: the reserves of Madagascar are among the most beautiful and pristine in the world.
And then there is the discovery of the local culture, in the cities such as the lively Antananarivo, where you come in contact with the people of the place, to which they belong as much as 18 ethnic groups.
A holiday in Madagascar is only a dream? No, certainly not! Present you with the best tour of Madagascar, to finally make that dream a reality!
What to see in Madagascar
Madagascar is the right combination of experiences in the wild nature and life by the beach: from national parks to coast and to the pristine islands, the whole country is a chest full of treasures to discover. Here are tips on what to see and the best routes in the area.
Tour of the North of Madagascar
Your itinerary in the north will leave from Nosy Be or from the capital, Antananarivo, located in the central highlands. The town developed around lake Anosy, impressive for its heart shape and the jacaranda trees that surround it.
Antananarivo is full of palaces that bear witness to its history: the palace, the Rova, and the baroque pink Authentic are among the most interesting. But don’t stop at these and walk through the Avenue de l Independance, to admire the colonial buildings on the sides, and enjoy the lively activities of the market of Analakely.
A stay at Antanararivo allows you to make the full of colors and aromas, before heading out to explore this magical country of Africa.
The tour of the North of Madagascar provides another essential step that you cannot miss after the capital and Nosy Be.
Nosy Be is an island in the Indian Ocean off the north-western coast. Well worth a visit for its beaches, but also for the nature reserves, rich in fauna, among which the reserve of Lokobe in the south-east and the Park of Lemuria, the Land inhabited by the famous lemurs of Madagascar near the capital Hell-Ville.
To the south of Nosy Be is also another attraction of the island: a gigantic banyan tree considered sacred since the Nineteenth century. A destination that is truly not to be missed, as evidenced by this video shot by blogger and YouTuber Human Safari.
Another place of interest is, in Antsiranana, also known as Diego Suarez, a port city in the north of Madagascar, overlooking the homonymous bay, is characterized by colonial architecture, French, a long sandy beach and small islands off the coast. More than the city itself, you will reach the protected areas in the surroundings, from here are easily accessible.
In particular, we recommend that you visit the national Park of Amber Mountain, known for its volcanic lakes and rich biodiversity. In the surroundings you also find the Tsinghy of the national Park of Ankarana East and the Tsingy Rouge, rocky formations of red color that emerge from a small canyon.
The grand tour of the North of Madagascar and stay at the seaside
If instead you want to spend your trip only to the sea, you can also opt for a cruise on a catamaran among the islands of the North, with boarding and landing in Nosy Be.
Tour of the north of Madagascar catamaran
Tour to eastern Madagascar
If you want to concentrate on the beauties of eastern Madagascar, you can start from the capital city of Antananarivo and head to Andasibe to visit the national Park of Analamazaotra, within the national park Mantandia, the habitat of 11 species of lemurs, endemic, and several species of bats, birds and reptiles. It is also called the reserve of Périnet, and is also interesting for its many varieties of orchids and water lilies that dot the waters of the Lac Rouge.
From here you can continue towards the Canal of Panganales channel and the lagoon surrounded by tropical forest which stretches for 600 km. Accompanied by experienced local guides, you’ll explore aboard a canoe, while admiring the lush vegetation of the surroundings.
A great way to end the tour of the east of Madagascar is the living room of the sea on the nearby island of Sainte Marie.
Also known as Nosy Boraha, Ile Sainte-Marie is located off the east coast of Madagascar. Also here, nature is expressed at its best, in the small islands of Île aux Nattes and Ilôts aux Sables, off the south coast, where the waters is a magnificent barrier reef, up to the rainforests and waterfalls of the interior.
Tour of eastern Madagascar and stay at the seaside in Sainte Marie
Tour of western Madagascar
Starting from the capital, Antananarivo, is the part in the direction of Antsirabe to reach Morondava, the point of the passage, and an overnight stay before visiting the Tsinghy of Bemaraha in the area of Bekopaka: a place that you can only find in Madagascar, which has no equal in the world! This park in the region of Menabe is composed of rock formations popping out from a limestone massif, the Tsinghy precisely.
A Unesco world heritage site, this impressive site offers a number of trekking and adventure in the discovery of the “cathedrals” of stone, this spectacular forest of rock.
The city of Morondava is famous also because it is situated in a location characterized by the presence of the baobab. A site of interest in the area is the Rue de Baobabs, avenue fiancheggato from these giants of the african vegetation: one of the most photographed places in the island of Madagascar. The Avenue of the Baobabs is a step not to miss on the way back, before the final journey to Antananarivo.
Tour of the West of Madagascar
Tour of southern Madagascar
Also the tour of southern Madagascar can start from Antananarivo, from where we set off for the long journey to the national Park Ranomofana, inhabited by ethnic Tanala and habitat of the lemur the Aye-Aye and a rare species of lemur, Hapalemur Aureus, discovered only in 1987.
The next destination is the national Park of the Isalo, a natural paradise full of natural swimming pools, canyons, and of course wild animals. It is located about 226 km south-west of Fianarantsoa and is home to 55 species of birds and three lemurs.
You can conclude the tour with a stay at the seaside, for example on the beaches of Ifaty.
Tour of the Madagascar south and stay to Ifaty
The climate of Madagscar: when to go
When organising a trip to Madagascar? The best period is the one included between April and October, corresponding also to winter in the southern hemisphere. In the summer of Madagascar, from November to march, is not recommended for the risk of rain and hurricanes, even if the heights of the interior, precisely in this period, however, can present a pleasant climate.
To Nosy Be, the best months are July and August which are also the months of high season.
What to know: documents, vaccinations and visa
For travel in Madagascar it is necessary to have the passport with remaining validity of at least six months from the entry into the country. The entry visa is necessary, both for business and tourism, both for business and vacation travel, up to 90 days. Is issued at the airport upon arrival to the international airports of Antananarivo and Nosy Be to the payment of a fee.
Are not provided no compulsory vaccinations, except in the case where it transits in countries at risk for yellow fever, for which it is necessary to submit a document attesting to a successful vaccine. However, we recommend to stipulate a travel insurance to cover any medical expenses and return air before starting. Consult your doctor to assess the need vaccinarti against malaria, which is present in some sea areas and in the rainforests.
To stay up to date on the health situation and on the safety of Madagascar, we recommend you to keep always controlled the section of the country on the website Safe Travel of the foreign ministry.
How to get there: flights to Madagascar
The only two international airports in Antananarivo and Nosy Be, so your tour will start from one of these two cities. Neos Air has direct flights from Rome and Milan to Nosy Be. The non-direct flights from Milan to Antananarivo lasts about 13 hours with a stopover, to Nosy Be lasts about 14 hours with at least one stopover. For the capital, we recommend to choose flights that make a stop in Paris
Flights from Rome to Antananarivo lasts about 12 hours with one stopover.
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