Madagascar, the fourth-largest island in the world, is a diverse, wholly unique travel destination — even for Africa. Known for its lemurs, biodiversity, and abundance of endemic species, Madagascar is also famed for its vibrant peoples, luscious tropical beaches, visually arresting landscapes, amazing baobab trees, and lively markets.

Its other attractions include unexplored coral reefs, untouched wilderness, and singular Madagascan cultures. It is said to be home to 5 percent of the world’s flora and faunas species, of which over 80 percent are classified as endemic to Madagascar.

Except for its bats, all mammals on Madagascar are found there, and about 65 percent of its birds are also endemic.

There are 70 varieties of lemur on Madagascar. And Madagascar is home to the last remaining elephant birds, the largest bird in the world.

The world’s biggest and smallest chameleons also inhabit the island. Not surprisingly, the island’s diversity extends to its people.

The Malagasy originated from Africa and Indonesia originally, with Arabic, Indian and Jewish immigrants mixing in with the population later.

The picturesque capital of Madagascar, Antananarivo is a unique city set on the hills of the Antananarivo province. Another highlight in Madagascar is Montagne d’Ambre National Park, a scenic wilderness area that covers 18,200 hectares in northern Madagascar consisting primarily of lush montane rainforest.

Montagne d’Ambre is known for its crater lakes, sacred caves, waterfalls, 75 bird species, 25 mammal species, 34 species of amphibians and 59 species of reptiles.

Montagne d’Ambre is known for its crater lakes, sacred caves, waterfalls, 75 bird species, 25 mammal species, 34 species of amphibians and 59 species of reptiles.

If you must escape the hustle and bustle of Madagascar’s main island, visit Nosy Be, also known as Nosy Manitra or “The scented Island,” largest of the offshore Madagascan islands.

Nosy Be features perfect beaches, rich marine life, superb snorkeling, diving and kayaking in its clear waters.

Marine life found around Nosy Be includes colorful corals, an exceptional variety of fish, whales, dolphins, whale sharks and turtles.

You can also climb the peaks of Mont Passot or Mount Lokone for panoramic views of the coast.

Needless to say, the above barely scratches the surface of human and wildlife attractions in Madagascar. We’d love to design a special expedition to the island just for you. Get in touch and we’ll get started.

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