Things to Do in Madagascar

There are so many different things to do in Madagascar that you wouldn’t believe it is only an island, albeit the 4th largest in the World. The diverse cultures in Madagascar and the range of flora and fauna make a visit to this island a unique experience, which will be rewarding for those looking for an adventure vacation.

Things to do

Madagascar is also home to many species’ endemic to the island, making Madagascar wildlife vacations incredibly rewarding. From jungle trekking in Andasibe, to city sightseeing in Antananarivo, to sunbathing and snorkeling on the North Coast, to exploring the baobab forests in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Avenue des Baobabs, to photographing the natural wonders of the Isalo National Park and Southern Madagascar. Our Madagascar travel specialists have recommended some Madagascar highlights below and have also designed some fantastic Madagascar itineraries that draw together some wonderful things to do in Madagascar, themed around interests, how long your trip is or your group. We have also curated the best hotels in Madagascar for you to choose from and recommend the best time to visit the island. If you would like more advice on what to do in Madagascar, or are ready to start planning your trip then contact us and our experts will be able to talk you through all the nuances of a Madagascan vacation and recommend the best places to visit for you to get the most out of your trip.

Fishing at Miavana

Fishing at Miavana

Miavana Island Sanctuary, Madagascar

The waters around Miavana are a fisherman's paradise. Go out on one of the state of the art boats, or take a helicopter to search for big game species including giant trevally, bluefin, sail fish and barracuda all waiting to be caught... and released.

Moramba Bay Boat Trip

Moramba Bay Boat Trip

Anjajavy, Western Madagascar, Madagascar

Take a boat trip to Moramba Bay where you will explore the mushroom-shaped islands and see fine examples of tsingy topped with lush vegetation, including baobabs. This scenic bay is also the best place to spot the rare Madagascan fish eagle.

Antandroy traditional culture

Antandroy traditional culture

Ifotaka Community Forest, Southern Madagascar, Madagascar

During your stay at Mandrare River Camp, spend time discovering the fascinating traditions and cultures of the local Antandroy people. Your guide will explain more on an unobtrusive tour, offering a fascinating insight into their culture.

Explore the spiny forest

Explore the spiny forest

Ifotaka Community Forest, Southern Madagascar, Madagascar

Madagascar's spiny forests are one of the island's most unique and distinctive habitats. Explore the local forest near Mandrare with your guide to learn more, looking out for wildlife including lemurs along the way.

Lemur Island walk

Lemur Island walk

Andasibe, Central Madagascar, Madagascar

This is a wonderful experience, visiting the tiny Lemur Island with expert guides and getting up close and personal with the lemurs who live here. The guides show you around and encourage the lemurs to approach, so excellent photographs are guaranteed!

Lemur Trekking at Miavana

Lemur Trekking at Miavana

Miavana Island Sanctuary, Madagascar

Take a boat trip to one of Nosy Ankao's neighboring islands where you will be accompanied by an expert nature guide as you go in search of the endemic golden crowned sifaka, Perrier's sifaka and crowned lemur as well as a variety of other fauna.

Scenic mangrove cruise at Manafiafy

Scenic mangrove cruise at Manafiafy

South East Coast, Southern Madagascar, Madagascar

Explore the wildlife rich mangroves which lie across the bay from Manafiafy on a boat trip. A gentle cruise through this beautiful landscape will let you see the local fishermen casting their nets as well as being able to spot the colorful bird life.

Snorkelling at Tsarabanjina

Snorkelling at Tsarabanjina

Nosy Be Archipelago, Northern Madagascar, Madagascar

Explore the waters around Tsarabanjina where there is rewarding snorkeling on offer with colorful fish, rays and turtles roaming free whether you choose to take the plunge directly from the beach or on a boat trip - an underwater camera is a must.

Tree tent sleepout at Manafiafy

Tree tent sleepout at Manafiafy

South East Coast, Southern Madagascar, Madagascar

Sleep out in a unique tree tent strung between the trees for the ultimate romantic night under the stars on a private island, just offshore from Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge. A personal chef will prepare a delicious gourmet dinner on the beach.

Whale watching from Manafiafy

Whale watching from Manafiafy

South East Coast, Southern Madagascar, Madagascar

Between the end of June and mid November, humpback whales can be seen off the coast of Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge as they migrate past Madagascar. They calve, nurse their young and perform aqua acrobatics during these months - a real treat!

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