From the tranquillity of the forests to the bustle of the cities, from the pristine white beaches to an underwater world of reef fish and dazzling corals… Madagascar offers a wealth of fascinating and beautiful places to visit and explore. The world’s fourth largest island, it is a land frozen in time – a secret place where magic and mystery combine. It is a place where the breathtaking beauty of forests, mountains, tropical lands and a warm gentle people welcome you to a paradise of unique fauna and flora.
Madagascar is found in the warm Indian Ocean, 400km off the east coast of Africa and south of the equator. The island stretches some 1600km from north to south and about 570km across its widest part. A chain of mountains runs the length of the island, dividing east and west. This highlands area has been likened to the south of France and is the wine-growing region of Madagascar. Most of the unique fauna and flora is found in the lush rain forests of the narrow eastern coastline, while the wider western plain is drier with more arid vegetation. With 5000km of coastline, Madagascar offers “Robinson Crusoe” style holidays on endless sandy white beaches.
Time to Travel
You can travel to Madagascar all year round. However, please remember that during Jan/Feb/March cyclones are possible but not a common occurrence.
Unique experience – Fauna and Flora
There are eight species of Baobab in the world, and six of these species are native to Madagascar. Madagascar enjoys a rich diversity of over 1 000 species of orchids. Two thirds of the world’s species of chameleons are found in Madagascar – including the world’s smallest and largest chameleons. There are 12 000 plant species – 80% of which are only found in Madagascar, making it one of the most diverse floras on the planet. There are 165 palms found only on Madagascar.
Fascinating species – Lemurs
Madagascar is the only place in the world where lemurs occur naturally in the wild. The name ‘Lemur’ is given exclusively to the primates of Madagascar. There are nearly 100 species of lemurs, predominantly found in forested areas. Different species of lemurs can share the same forest, as they have different feeding requirements. Lemurs have digits on their hands and feet, and nails instead of claws. Lemurs are threatened with extinction due to habitat loss and hunting.
Island hopping and beaches
Barefoot luxury in Madagascar. Small lodges are located on islands dotted around the coast. Combine a wildlife experience with relaxing on one of the islands, soaking up the sun.
Why book your Madagascan adventure with Falcon Africa Safaris?
Founded in 1990, Falcon Africa Safaris is owner-run by Allan Eccles and his wife Tracy. Together, they have built up a wealth of knowledge and expertise over two decades.
- We know where to send you to find the unique fauna and flora that Madagascar has to offer – without searching for a needle in a haystack.
- Falcon Africa Safaris knows what type of accommodation best suits your needs. 365 days of the year, we will assist in booking your unique Madagascan adventure.
- Our knowledge of Madagascar, and selection of accommodation will place you in the best area to find the lemurs, fauna or flora you are looking for.
- We know how to maximise the time you have so that you have as much time to explore the forests and reserves, or relax on the beaches as you want.