Madagascar is a large unexplored Island off the coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean with an incredible diversity of wildlife and flora endemic to Madagascar. Madagascar’s landscapes, people, beaches and undiscovered areas will delight those with a taste for discovery. A holiday to Madagascar can expose you to mountains, rain forest, dazzling beaches & coral reef surrounded by clear warm waters.

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Madagascar island offers diverse and spectacular scenery: mountains, deserts, rainforests, dazzling beaches fringing the Indian Ocean and island archipelagos linked by coral reefs and clear turquoise waters.

Ringed by golden beaches and palm trees, Madagascar island has an interior that is resplendent in its variety, from grassy plateaus to volcanoes and opaque forests and natural reserves. Many species that are unique to the island have evolved, including 3,000 indigenous species of butterfly. Madagascar is legendary for the profusion of its wildlife and flora, 80% of which is found nowhere else on earth.

The main Madagascar island is the fourth-largest island in the world but Madagascar the country includes several much smaller islands. A central chain of high mountains, the Hauts Plateaux, occupies more than half of the main island and is responsible for the marked differences (ethnically, climatically and scenically) between the east and west coasts.

See our where to visit guide for more ideas on planning your holiday to Madagascar

Map of Madagascar with main areas highlighted

Beach Areas
Nosy Be
Madagascars main beach Island with beach, sun and fun all available.
Ile St Marie
Secluded beaches, soft white sand, warm weather, swaying palms as well as a colourful past as a Pirate's haven.
Tulear
Nearby beach and reef areas of Ifaty and good surfing
Cities and Towns of Interest
Diego Suarez
North Madagascar's main town and activity centre.
Andasibe
perfect base to explore the local National Park
Antananarivo
Known simply as “Tana”, is similar to many African cities, but has a flair all its own.
Morondava
Baobab country and the hottest region of Madagascar
Ranomafana
Small Village gateway to the Ranonafana Park
Fort Dauphin
A town with much historical importance and mining centre
National Parks of Madagascar
Perinet Andasibe National Park
famous for the Indri, a lemur that sings like a whale
Ranamafana National Park
Rain forested hills and abundant wildlife, one of Madagascar’s highlights
Montagne d'Ambre National Park
Crater lakes and waterfalls one of the most beautiful and biologically diverse areas in all of Madagascar

Fast Facts about Madagascar
Time GMT/UTC + 3
Population 16.9 million
Seasons Wet (November to March), dry (May to October), hot (October to April)
Telephone Country code 261; international access code 00
ATMs In all major towns
Budget US$25 to US$30 per day
Capital Antananarivo
Visa One-month, single-entry visa US$32; issued on arrival
Languages French, Malagasy
Area 587, 401 sq km
Money: Ariary

Beach Vacation Nosy Be Madagascar

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Nosy Be Madagascar Hotel

Nosy Be Photo Gallery

7 nights Bed & Breakfast
Price: R5500 per person including flights from Antananarivo
Price: R7500 per person including flights from Johannesburg
Ideal for a relaxing beach holiday, snorkelling, diving, island trips and day excursions available, read more about Itinerary and accommodation of Nosy Be Beach holiday Madagascar

7 nights Bed & Breakfast Deluxe Option
Price: R6500 per person including flights from Antananarivo
Price: R8500 per person including flights from Johannesburg
For a more luxurious choice of accommodation on Nosy Be Island
read more about Itinerary and accommodation of Nosy Be Beach holiday Madagascar

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Rainforest Experience Andasibe Madagascar

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Vakona Lodge Andasibe  Madagascar Hotel

Andasibe Photo Gallery

2 nights Bed & Breakfast
Price: R per person including transfers from Antananarivo

Wander among ancient rainforest looking for the rare Indri, Lemurs, Chameleons... read more about Itinerary and accommodation of Andasibe Rain Forest Experience holiday Madagascar

 

2 nights Bed & Breakfast Deluxe Option
Price: R per person including transfers from Antananarivo

For a more luxurious choice of accommodation in Andasibe
read more about Itinerary and accommodation of Andasibe Rain Forest Experience holiday Madagascar

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Antananarivo

Also known as 'Tana', the Malagasy capital is about 1250 m above sea level in the Central Highlands. With a population of around 2 million people, Tana is the centre of the Merina tribe, who resemble the Malayo-Polynesian component of the first Malagasy settlers. The city is set in a basin surrounded by 12 hills. Much of the surrounding countryside is devoted to rice paddies. The houses of highland towns are typically multistoried brick constructions, often with wooden staircases and balconies, built along narrow, cobbled streets and alleyways. Visit the markets, the Parc de Tsimbazaza zoo, museum, botanical gardens and enjoy the restaurants and night-life.

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Madagascar Money

Ariary (AR) is now the local currency being used in Madagascar, in place of Franc Malgache (FMG). Many people still refer to the Franc Malagasy (FMG) when selling or buying something, as they are used to it, but all payment must be done in Ariary (1 AR = 5 FMG). To check the updated rates, please have a look at the official website of the Central Bank of Madagascar

Credit cards (the most useful credit card is VISA CARD) are only accepted in large hotels, restaurants and some shops, mainly in Antananarivo. In the other big cities, you can get cash from Automatic Cash Machines (ATM) only with VISA CARDS. There's now also an ATM at the airport in Antananarivo. Don't rely on ATM machines only; they are often out of order. Keep some cash in Euro for emergencies.

Travellers Cheques (TC) such as Thomas Cook, American Express etc. are also not recommended, as many banks refuse to accept them. But if you really want to bring Travellers Cheques then bring only TC of EUR 50 or USD 50 face value, and do not forget to also bring the invoice or receipt of where you bought the TC. In some provinces, it may take you up to a few hours to change Travellers Cheques; the rate is also generally higher than when exchanging cash and some banks charge you commission

 

 

Beach holidays on Nosy Be Island Madagascar Remote quiet Island of Ile Ste Marie Madagascar Discover the home of the Indri and other Lemurs in Perinet National Park Madagascars capital city Antananarivo is often referred to as Tana The small village of Andasibe is a pleasure to walk around and observe traditional Madagascar life Famous for its avaenue of Baobab trees Morondava is also at the end of a fascinating river trip through Madagscar Now quite a busy town in south Madagascar Fort Dauphin is becoming an importnat mining business city Stunning scenery waterfalls lemurs and Chameleons all abound in National park Montagne d'amber Activity centre of Madagascar and previously home to Pirates Rain forested hills and abundant wildlife, one of Madagascar’s highlights Small Village gateway to the Ranonafana Park Nearby beach and reef areas of Ifaty and good surfing