Africa + Indian Ocean Madagascar Enchanting wildlife, Remote wilderness, Unspoilt beaches, Tropical island The whole country is bursting with untamed jungle, enchanting wildlife, captivating scenery and beautiful beaches. Madagascar encapsulates a range of different experiences all in one destination. In the East, you can experience the Andasibe National Park, home to the endangered Indri, the largest member of the Lemur Family. Spot Humpback whales from Ile Sainte Marie Island. Learn about the Malagasy culture and their fascinating beliefs and customs in the South, and view some of the most stunning landscapes of sandstone rock formation. Here you can see beautiful sunrises and sunsets. And take a hike through the canyons of I’salo National Park. Visit the Gallery and spiny forests home to vast numbers of Ring-tailed lemurs, and Sifikas. Or the infamous avenue of Baobabs and the world heritage site Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve. And in the remote west, sit back and relax on some of the most unspoilt beaches we have come across and stay in one of Madagascar’s more luxurious lodges. Madagascar is a tropical island with many micro climates so can be visited throughout the year but the recommended months are May to October. Stories Places to Stay Highlights Location Stories As every one of the holidays we create is truly tailor-made, all of our clients come back with different and interesting stories. We love to hear from our clients on their return to find out about their most memorable moments. Our Destination Experts are also always travelling to our extraordinary destinations and every trip allows us to refine and add value to our clients' future experiences. Flora and Fauna in Madagascar A recent trip taken by some clients to Madagascar proved very fruitful. Part of their focus was to take advantage of the diving opportunities off the North East coast of the Island but their 13 night adventure also gave them opportunities to see the endemic flora and fauna that Madagascar is so well known for. Find out more Quest to Madagascar Madagascar is a unique experience and should not be missed by any traveller wanting a real adventure. Sue Dicken, had always wanted to get up close to some of the exotic species only found in Madagascar after reading the Sir David Attenborough's Zoo Quest to Madagascar, we helped make her dream come true. Find out more Places to Stay At cazenove+loyd, we have no vested interest in the hotels, lodges, boats, trains and tented camps which we select. We only choose what is right for a particular client. We visit each destination in our three regions on a regular basis and have detailed conversations with our clients on their return so our choices are continually refined. Here are just four c+l reviews. This is by no means a prescriptive list, but hints at what we look for and value in places to stay. Princesse Bora Lodge, Sainte Marie Set on the sleepy, unspoilt island of Ile Sainte-Marie, Princesse Bora offers you the chance to experience deserted beaches lined with palm trees and traditional fishing villages which gives those that stay here the chance to see how the coastal community lives in Madagascar. Find out more Mandrare River Camp, Mandrare River Mandrare River camp is the first of its kind in Madagascar- a luxury tented camping experience, more in keeping some might say with safaris in East Africa. The focus here is on the strong cultural rituals and beliefs of the Antandroy tribe and their land as well as the unique flora and fauna that Madagascar is so well known for. Find out more Anjajavy, North West Coast Sitting on the North West Coast of Madagascar you could argue that Anjajavy has it all; luxury accommodation, which is a slight rarity in Madagascar and a private nature reserve brimming with Madagascar’s endemic flora and fauna. To us there are many elements to draw both couples and families to Anjajavy. It is the ideal combination for those looking to spend some time on the beach. Find out more Constance Tsarabanjina If you are looking for the ultimate Robinson Crusoe island experience then you have landed on the right page, Tsarabanjina is the perfect example of an unspoilt, small island getaway in the Indian Ocean. What is even more endearing to us is the fact that this beautiful island has not been overdeveloped but retains its natural charm, a quality which is becoming more and more difficult to find. Find out more Highlights For over 20 years we have been creating the best luxury tailor-made holidays, we know our countries inside and out and really know how to get under the skin of each one and the best way to experience them. Discover Île Sainte Marie Island There is so much to discover, from July to September Humpback whales pass Ile Sainte Marie, and the island is rich with history; it was a refuge for pirates who roamed the African coast during the 17th and 18th Century. Just off the East coast of Madagascar, it has unspoilt beaches and fringed by palm trees. Find out more Ifotaka Community Forest The Ifotaka Community Forest is the sacred home to the Antandroy Tribe, the experience shares their sacred beliefs and customs which make this park even more fascinating. The spiny and gallery forests are home to ring tailed Lemurs and “dancing” sifikas. There are local markets and the chance to see a traditional ringa competition. Find out more ISALO NATIONAL PARK Isalo National Park is an unspoilt remote area, sacred to the Bara tribe due to caves in the canyon walls being used as burial sites. The park is formed by incredible canyons and areas of vast yellow grass plains, huge sandstone outcrops dotted as far as the eye can see. These plains and Kopjes are transformed during sunrise and sunset; the photographic opportunities are endless. Find out more Nosy Tsarabanjina A small lush volcanic island within the archipelago of Nosy Mitsio it is perfect for its laid back atmosphere, pristine beaches and azure water- this is Madagascan barefoot luxury at its best. Find out more TREKKING IN ANDASIBE NATIONAL PARK With your private wildlife guide explore the Andasibe National Park. It is home to the endangered Indri, the largest of the lemur family. Find out more Tsingy de Benaraha National Park The scenery of the Tsingy de Benaraha National Park is like nothing you have experienced before. Tsingy means “needles” in Malagasy; this area is a forest of eroded limestone rocks, some of which reach heights of several hundred meters. Find out more Show All Location We know Madagascar better than most. The possibilities are endless and ever-changing. On the map below, we have plotted some of our current favourite places to stay, some c+l highlights and a few pertinent client stories. And you can see if there is a team member travelling in that particular country and link through to them and what they are up to, so you can get them to call you on their return. Best time to visit Madagascar Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Best time to go Madagascar is a tropical island with many micro climates due to the country’s altitude and latitude but as a general rule November to March is the summer/ wet season which brings high temperatures and variable rainfall; April to October is the winter/ dry season where temperatures are milder and it is mainly dry making it the ideal time to visit. If you visit between July to September you can hope to see the migrating whales along the East coast and come September lemurs give birth to their young which offers some very rewarding photographic opportunities. Madagascar tends to be a stand-alone trip given its uniqueness and the fact that there are some fantastic beach options here. 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