Having fallen in love with the country, I could give you 100 good reasons for travelling to Madagascar, but I will try to be brief
When I go to Madagascar I know for sure that I will be making an exceptional trip to a country that is far removed from mass tourism. I know that I will meet a population that is very rich culturally, that I will discover breathtaking scenery, and I am always the certain that I will bring home unforgettable memories...
Remember: a trip to Madagascar is a chance to discover things that you will not see in any other part of the world...
What struck me during my first visit to the Red Island was the possibility to discover so many different landscapes in a single trip, depending on the region of the country.
The central Highlands, the cradle of the Merina culture, are characterized by hills and plateaus where rice and various subsistence crops are grown. The arid south, dotted with white sand beaches and turquoise blue water. The jungles of the east, the island of Sainte Marie and the Vanilla Coast. The mountainous north, which offers lush vegetation and spectacular rock formations. Finally, the semi-arid West, dotted with savannas and bush, the land of the baobabs which take on ever stranger shapes.
For me, Madagascar means lemurs, many species of which can be observed in all regions of the island. Sometimes perched high in the trees in search of nectar and fruit, sometimes jumping in the tall grass of the bush, they have never hesitated to pose for me in front of my camera...
But Madagascar especially means the majestic baobab trees, which seem to be planted upside down and whose tops can reach 40 metres in height. Madagascar is also the chameleons, whose colours and shapes have never ceased to amaze me, and the traveller's palms whose leaves store water and which we are told were true blessings to thirsty explorers.
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So, when are you going to visit the Big Island?
From December to March, most of the regions are affected by the rainy season or even hurricanes! So that is not the best time.
In winter (June to August), you can expect cool weather at higher altitudes. In short, the best moments to go are spring and autumn, when the climate is less hot and the weather is quite dry.
Travel tips from our local agencies in Madagascar.
Top places to discover.
Except for a case of the runs, you aren't likely to get seriously sick if you follow some basic rules. Don't drink the tap water, forget about ice, if possible avoid eating raw fruits and vegetables, avoid contact with stray dogs, do not bathe in stagnant water, etc .
There are no vaccine requirements for visiting Madagascar, but with that being said, I still recommend the basic vaccines (rabies and the combined polio, diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccine), as well as hepatitis A and B and typhoid fever. Depending on the length and place of your stay, it is also recommended that you get antimalaria treatment, especially if you plan on travelling in the jungle.
To call Madagascar from abroad, you must enter the following country code: 261, followed by the local phone number.
More and more hotels are starting to offer Wi-Fi to their customers, however this is not the rule everywhere. You'll also find many cybercafés, but don't expect a great connection...
Address and phone number for the British Embassy in Antananarivo, Madagascar:
Ninth Floor Tour Zital Ravoninahitriniarivo Street Ankorondrano Antananarivo 101 Madagascar
Ph.: +261 20 22 330 53 +261 20 22 356 27
There is no Madagascar Embassy in the United Kingdom. For services, you may contact the nearest Embassy in Paris, France.
4, avenue Raphaël 75016 PARIS.
Ph.: 01 45 04 62 11