Central Madagascar

Antananarivo (known locally as Tana), is situated in the central part of the island of Madagascar. The city is dramatically set around three hills with a ridge that rises to above 1400m, bisecting the city. It was founded as a fortress in the early 17th century by the Merina rulers.

The Queen’s Palace that overlooked the Antananarivo from the top of the ridge was a spectacular monument until it was recently destroyed by fire. The ruined palace is well worth a visit, along with the central market and Botanical Gardens.

The central highlands form the backbone of Madagascar and stretch from the densely forested area north of Antananarivo all the way to the bone-dry south of the country. The Route du Sud (N7) covers most of this area, making for relatively good driving conditions. The winding road takes you past pretty mountain villages, Madagascar’s largest zebu market and several national parks.

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Classic Madagascar

Antananarivo, Andasibe & Tsarabanjina

This itinerary is a wonderful option for those looking to combine wildlife adventure with secluded beaches and remote island hideaways. Perfect for couples and families, there is something for everyone. Discover private reserves rich in endemic wildlife and turquoise waters surrounding the idyllic shores of Tsarabanjina.

Best for: Beach, Honeymoon, Wildlife, Diving

Highlights of Madagascar

Mandrare River & Manafiafy

This exciting and adventurous itinerary takes you to some of Madagascar's remotest areas, staying in excellent little camps that are two of our favourite options on this mysterious island. Explore the wild life rich Mandrare and learn more about the fascinating culture of the Antandroy tribe, before flying over to Manafiafy Lodge on the beach,...

Best for: Couples, Eco/ethical tourism, Adventure, Honeymoon

Off the Beaten Track Madagascar

Andasibe, Tsingy de Bemaraha, Ile Sainte Marie & Nosy Komba

This itinerary is perfect for the adventurer looking to get off the beaten track and into the heart of Madagascar. Steeped in rich wildlife and dramatic scenery, this itinerary is a great option for anyone prepared to travel a bit further and discover some of the country's finest beauty, combining incredible wildlife, dramatic rock formations,...

Best for: Adventure, Beach, Wildlife, Off the beaten track

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