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Our favourite luxury experiences in Madagascar
Madagascar basks in the tropical sunshine of the Indian Ocean, 278 miles off the south-coast of Africa. The fourth largest island in the world, its roughly the size of France, and comprises palm-fringed beaches, sandstone canyons, limestone pinnacles, fertile hills, terraced rice paddies, forests of every description and incredible wildlife. Embark on a luxury holiday to Madagascar with Lightfoot Travel and prepare for an adventure like no other.
Often referred to as the ‘Eighth Continent’, Madagascar’s biodiversity is megadiverse, unique and one of the island’s main attractions – over 85% of species are found nowhere else. The signature animal is the lemur, but there are many more wonderful creatures to meet: the spooky-looking fossa (a cat-like predator), colourful chameleons, and species of sharks and humpback whales during the winter months.
Trees and plants are just as impressive, from the distinctively shaped baobabs, the fanning ravinala (travellers' palm), the hundreds of orchids, or the spiny forests of Mandrare.
For those who love adventure, the Red Island offers safaris, national parks, and off-the-beaten-track regions such as Masoala National Park. They may be difficult to reach, but with a little patience, they’ll reward you like no other place on earth.
With 5000km of coastline, the sea is idyllic for diving and surfing and brimming with marine life – witness the best whale sightings between June – November. It’s also a haven for hiking, mountain biking, kitesurfing and rock-climbing. Hit the amazing tsingy formations at Tsingy de Bemaraha, the Avenue of Baobabs at Morondova, and the beaches at Manafiafy to recover.
Away from the action, a smorgasbord of Malagasy cultures will introduce you to a world of distinct traditions and local life. Head to Mandrare River Camp or Masoala Forest Lodge for authentic experiences.