Best places to visit in Madagascar
Discover the best places to visit in Madagascar: Lemurs, Tsingy of Bemaraha, Baobab Alley, Isalo National Park, Nosy Be, Sainte Marie, RN7.
By choosing Madagascar as your destination, you are going to meet an incomparable, rare and marvelous island that you would not find anywhere else.
With fauna and flora endemicity rate between 80 and 90%, Madagascar offers an undeniable diversity of discovery throughout your stay. In addition to the rich fauna and flora, the island is places, cultures, magical and exceptional activities sanctuary, a paradise without artifice to be discovered at least once in a lifetime. A visit to Madagascar will make you feel like in another world and…you are there!
Impregnation assured which will incite you for sure to come back.
You probably ask yourself: but what makes the island so unique?
Well, you will discover it in a few lines below.
- – 108 endemic lemur species including 5 families and 15 genera
- – 95 chameleon species of which 2/3 of the world census is found on the island
- – 294 Bird species, 115 are endemic
- – Turtles, (9 terrestrial and 5 marine), including 7 endemic species (the marine species is especially visible all year round in Nosy Be), the starry turtle (in the South), the green turtle and the hawksbill turtle (on the Mozambique Channel coasts)
- – Whales :
For Sainte Marie: from mid-June to the end of September but the ideal period is August to September
For Nosy Be: from July to November but the ideal period is September to October
- – Freshwater fish (51 freshwater fish families including 143 endemic species) and marine fish (diving and fishing) with an endemicity close to 100%
- – 100 Snake species recorded of which only three species are not endemic
- – More than 4,500 butterfly species, most of which are endemic (East Cost), including 4,219 nocturnal and 341 diurnal
- – 362 Frog species recorded (red, black, green) of which only two are not endemic
- And many other unexpected animals during your outings
- – The famous Baobabs with 7 species, 6 of which are endemic among the 8 existing in the world
- – 4,220 tree species, 96% of which are endemic
- – 12,000 to 14,000 flowering plant species
- – More than 1,000 Orchid species (especially abundant in Marojejy and Andasibe National Parks)
- – Endemic medicinal plants (Periwinkle, Ravintsara, Katrafay, Molinaea Brevipes and Myrothamnus Moschatus …)
- – The famous Traveller’s Tree (Ravinala or Ravenala Madagascariensis)
- – The carnivorous plant Nepenthes Madagscarensis endemic to the Southeast coast
- – Precious woods (Rosewood, Rosewood, Ebony …)
- – Rice, coffee, vanilla (the island black gold), cloves, pepper…
- – Palm trees Ravenea Madagascariensis
- And other endemic plants of the island (Asteropeiaceae, Barbeuiaceae …)
THE ISLAND FAIRY SITES AND LANDSCAPES
- – The Tsingy (Bemaraha, Ankarana, Namoroka National Parks, Irodo)
- – The famous Baobab Alley (Morondava and Namoroka)
- – Isalo massifs (at Ranohira in the Isalo National Park)
- – Other National Parks (Andasibe, Ankarafantsika, Tsimanampetsotsa …)
- – Mountain peaks with a breathtaking panoramic view (Marojejy and Andringitra National Parks)
- – Beaches of very fine white or golden sands bordered by a sea either turquoise, crystalline or lagoon green
- – Incredible crater lakes (Tritriva and in the Amber Mountain Park)
- – Spectacular seabed with an explosion of colors (all along the coast)
- – Many fascinating waterfalls (Ampefy, Anjohibe, Marojejy National Park/ Amber Mountain/Masoala)
- – Historical caves (Anjohibe, Sarodrano, Andringitra National Park)
- – The virgin islands or almost around Nosy Be (Mitsio, Radamas, Nosy Iranja, Nosy Sakatia, Nosy Komba, Nosy Tanikely…)
- – Many natural swimming pools (Sainte Marie, Anjohibe, Isalo National Park, Ankazoberavina…)
- – Rice fields and terraced crops that decorate most of the island.
UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN MADAGASCAR
Madagascar currently has three sites on this list, and seven others on the indicative list.
Those which are classified as world heritage:
- – Ambohimanga Royal Hill (since 2001)
- – Atsinanana rainforests including 6 National Parks: Masoala, Marojejy, Ranomafana, Andringitra, Andohahela and Zahamena (since 2007)
- – Tsingy of Bemaraha National Park (since 1990)
Those placed on the additive list:
- – Antongona archaeological sites (since 1997)
- – Tsinjoarivo site and palace (since 1997)
- – Andrefana dry forests including 7 parks and reserves: Andohahela, Tsimanampetsotsa, Ankarana, Ankarafantsika, Analamerana, Daraina, Manambolomaty-Tsimembo (since 2008)
- – The extension of the site “The Atsinanana rainforests “, already classified as a World Heritage site, by adding the Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve (since 2008)
- – Isandra Cliffs and Caves (since 1997)
- – Betafo Rice and Water Cultural Landscape (since 1997)
- – The whole Mahafaly Country (since 1997)
There is also a typically Malagasy art listed in the UNESCO World Intangible Heritage, which is the Zafimaniry art. It is a refined woodworking art, adapted to a specific type of construction or decorative function (Terraces, windows, chairs, houses …)