In Madagascar, everywhere you look, the view is worthy of a postcard. Every scene is more breathtaking than the last, and every moment is ripe with potential for adventure and excitement. Traveling to this island nation is nothing short of magical.

Biodiversity

A biodiversity hotspot, Madagascar is home to an astonishing array of endemic species. Ninety percent of its wildlife can only be found on the island, or its smaller peripheral islands. One of its most beloved, and well-known, residents is the lemur. There are about 60 different species and subspecies of this distinctive creature, and scientists predict that they will discover 10-20 new ones in the next 20 years! Visitors have a unique opportunity to explore the world of the lemur and see how they interact with their environment.

Nature-lovers will find an abundance of other critters and creatures to enjoy, including 200 species of mammals, 300 species of birds, and 260 species each of reptiles and amphibians.

Natural Beauty

Soft sandy beaches, crystalline water, cerulean skies, gently swaying palm trees…all you need is a cold drink and sunscreen! Madagascar’s famous beaches are ideal for lounging and cooling off on hot days, especially after a sweaty trek through the rainforest. But they also provide the perfect backdrop for a host of activities, such as swimming, diving, kayaking, and more. Or, if you’re in the mood for privacy or romance, check out one of the deserted islands – knowing you are a world away from cares but still close enough to return to your accommodations easily!

Adventure

From biking and kayaking to hiking and trekking, you have your choice of activities to satisfy your adventurous side. At Isalo National Park and other gorgeous parks that dot the Madagascar’s terrain, for instance, you can find a variety of hikes to suit your fitness level. Whether you’re a meanderer or a serious fitness fanatic, the reward for your efforts include beautiful views, the opportunity to spot wildlife, and the most memorable sunsets of your life.

City Life

Experience Malagasy culture in the city of Antananarivo, and visit museums, botanical gardens, or the many street markets. Travel is arduous (bus) and you’ll need a working knowledge of French, but it is worth the effort to see a different side of Madagascar.

If you want a vacation that gives you a real break – a break from crowds, stress, noise, dreary routine – Madagascar offers a balm that refreshes and revitalizes visitors.

Enid Glasgow