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Madagascar

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Like nowhere else on earth, the mystery and magic of Madagascar leaves a vivid impression on all those who visit. Dancing Lemurs, avenues of giant baobabs, trekking through rain forests,
diving in coral rich reefs and chilling on robinson Crusoe island beaches - for those looking for something
a bit different, Madagascar is a dream destination.

Madagascar is a giant island, like no-where else on earth. Some call it the 8th continent due to its completely unique flora and fauna.

Being the size of France and the worlds 4th largest island, Madagascar brings with it an extraordinary and diverse array of landscapes. Ranging from dry spiny forests to dense tropical rain forests, open savannah plains to mountainous and lush valleys, and of course all fringed by golden beaches and reefs rich in marine life. Sprinkle in the French influences still lingering from the colonial times and you have all the ingredients for an interesting and different holiday.

For those with a keen interest in nature, it has to be one of the most fascinating places in the world. Having split from mainland Africa over 70 million years ago and left in total isolation, it is legendary for having

evolved its own unique wildlife and flora, 80% of which is endemic to the island.

Giant Baobabs, chameleons, unusual reptiles, rare birds and of course the most famous export of all, the charismatic Lemurs, can all be found in the many parks and reserves. Here, the focus is very much on the smaller things in nature, rather than the large animals seen on safari in Africa, allowing for a more gentle experience. One views these whilst out on nature walks and coming back to french- inspired cuisine at small guest houses and boutique hotels.

Because Madagascar's tourism is still relatively underdeveloped, it appeals to those wanting a holiday where their friends have yet to go ... it is original.

Time difference + 3 hrs GMT Visa British and North American passport holders will require a visa to enter. This can be purchased on arrival at the airport. Health You are advised to take anti-malaria pills for your trip. No specific shots are required to enter. However, you will need a yellow fever certificate if arriving from a country at risk. We do recommend you visit a travel health clinic prior to departure to make sure your standard travel vaccinations are up to date. Language Malagasy and French are widely spoken, with some English spoken in the main tourist areas. Always good to have a few french phrases up your sleeve.
How to get around Either by scheduled flights with Air Madagascar, they have a good network linking all the main areas. Or being driven by a private guide and driver. This usually happens if exploring the south of the island. We do not recommend self driving. How to get there There are no direct flights from the UK, so you are most likely to fly via France, Nairobi or Johannesburg. Depending on your itinerary we can work out the best option for you. Who does it suit? Madagascar suits nature lovers and those keen on a beach experience with a bit of difference. Good for divers too. Honeymooners, couples and older families will all enjoy this.
When to go: Madagascar is best enjoyed between the months of April - end of October, when the temperatures are cooler and less chance of rain. The summer months are hot and steamy and cyclones can occur in January/February time, so best to avoid. If you wanting to see the humpback whales off the East coast, then best to visit between June - September.
Good to combine with: Madagascar is a great destination on its own as it offers both wonderful nature and beach options. However, if you are wanting to include a traditional safari experience and use Madagascar as a highly original beach add-on, then it can combines best with Kenya or Southern Africa.

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