The island off the south east coast of Africa fascinates with its pristine nature, unique biodiversity and hospitality of the locals. We have chosen ten exciting things worth seeing and doing once on this amazing island. Check them out!
10. Go Whale Watching
From June to the end of September the whales visit the eastern part of Madagascar, where they settle near Ile Ste Marie or even Nosy Be. They pull off some spectacular performances, as they attempt their mating rituals. Various tours are offered for the visitors to view.
The location is posited on the southwest coast of the island and features authentic fishing villages. Offshore there is a 60-mile long coral reef, which creates this marvelous landscape and protects from the rough waves. Therefore it is perfect for diving and snorkeling!
8. Kayaking in Tsiribihina River
The most favorite kayaking site takes off from Miandrivazo. Various operators and guides offer up to a 3 day trips. The scenic route features beautiful landscapes, waterfalls and fishing villages. The Tsingy park and the Baobab Avenue are on the way too!
7. Nosy Be
The island is found off the northwest coast of Madagascar and is the most popular resort in the country. The island boasts soft sandy beaches and turquoise waters, that are perfect for bathing and snorkeling. Developed tourism ensures a comfortable and relaxing stay!
6. Andasibe National Park
The most visited national park boasts an impressive biodiversity. It is home for 11 species of lemurs alone! Not to mention the birds, reptiles, insects and batrachians. Due to being a remote island, Madagascar has been exposed to the unique conditions, that conditioned these species to evolve.
5. Isalo National Park
Bara tribe treats the site as their sacred place: the burial sites are marked by the stones. The ancient limestone formations date back to the Jurassic period and create a surreal landscape. The park also boasts canyons, forests, palm groves and ire-resistant tapia forests, that can be explored on a backpack tour.
The capital and also the biggest city of Madagascar is said to be the most exciting and lively cities in Africa. Antananarivo boasts numerous historic buildings and landmarks, proving its rich and diverse heritage.
3. Avenue of the Baobabs
Found in Menabe, the dirt road between Morondava and Belon’i Tsiribihina might be the most famous road of the kind in the world. The giant trees growing around this section makes it also the most recognizable as well as most visited site on the island.
2. Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park
The nature reserve features the most unusual karst limestone formations, that are as sharp as razorblades. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the site attracts visitors, who can explore the site by the trails, as well as madcaps, who dare to climb the sharp steep rocks!
1. Ile Sainte Marie
The pristine island lies off the east coast of the mainland and truly is a paradise for the vacationers. The island and the surrounding islets have drawn pirates in the 17th and 18th centuries, who would hide their treasures there. Today is the top leading holiday destination in Madagascar, great for bathing, snorkeling and idly laying on the powdery sand!