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Madagascar may be a family household name thanks to a certain animated movie, but this remote country is not a particularly popular tourist destination. At least, not yet. That makes it ideal for the discerning Globetrotter looking for more than just another notch on their travel belt.
Madagascar lies off the southeast coast of Africa, yet feels a world apart. Its capital and portal to the outside world is Antanarivo. You can try saying that fast three times, or simply call it “Tana,” as the locals do. Easily accessed from Johannesburg in South Africa, it can also be reached via Paris, Nairobi, and Mauritius, making it the perfect side trip to a longer Africa itinerary, or a great stand-alone destination.
Madagascar is the world’s 4th largest island and is best known for being home to 10 different types of Lemurs (including the famous dancing lemur). It also boasts over 150 different types of chameleons and a wide variety of birds and orchids. Its sea life is just as abundant, mostly found on a coral reef off the southwest coast. Madagascar is also famous for its massive baobab trees. You can explore your adventurous side on a kayak and camping trip, indulge in tented luxury or enjoy a lodge experience.
Here we share 5 great reasons to visit Madagascar in 2018.
Wildlife: The country’s biggest attraction is its unique collection of animals and plants, many of which are found nowhere else on earth. From eco-safaris to luxury getaways, this island is the perfect setting for a remarkable eco-adventure. It’s known to some as the ‘Galapagos’ of Africa, and when you consider the competition from the mainland, that’s no small praise.
Adventure Getaway: Madagascar offers adventure enthusiasts an opportunity to take part in activities like surfing, diving, snorkeling, kite surfing, fishing, bird-watching, yachting, kayaking, and even seasonal whale watching.
Cultural Experience: A visit to Madagascar will leave tourists culturally enriched, particularly after they spend time with the Malagasy people. This Island has a unique cultural heritage, with tribes unlike any other on earth.
Lemurs: This goes without saying! These amazingly agile animals are Madagascar’s number one wildlife attraction.
Great Value: There are a range of tour options depending on the client’s budget. Features may differ between tours, but the quality of service remains the same. See below for some travel ideas.
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