Destinations & Resorts
Holidays to Madagascar
Madagascar is the world’s 4th largest island that covers an area of 592,000sq.km.
Located 400 kilometres off the south-east coast of Africa, the island extends 1,600 kilometres in length and 580 kilometres at its largest width and can be divided into three main parts: the East Coast, a narrow coastal strip abutting the steep slopes of the North-South mountain range, and home of the rain forest; the Central Highlands, decorated with immense rice fields; and the West Coast, home of the baobabs and thorny forest. The capital, Antananarivo, is high up in the Hauts Plateau near the island's centre, almost 1250 metres above sea level, with a population of around 1.3 million.
Just over 22 million Malagasy inhabit Madagascar and have a dual Indonesian and African origin. Over half of the population practices traditional religions, while approximately 40 percent are Christian and seven percent are Muslim. Although the new Government has introduced English into the schools curriculum, French is Madagascar’s second language and English is not widely spoken.
Madagascar is probably best known for its incredible variety of unique plant and animal life and spectacular nature. In addition, this incredible island abounds with rainforests, protected national parks, island archipelagos, tropical beaches, clear turquoise waters and coral reefs. Since its separation from the African mainland 165 million years ago, many unique species have evolved within its shores. The lemur, together with numerous species of butterflies, birds and amphibians, half of the world's chameleons and 80 percent of Madagascar's plant life are found nowhere else on the planet and can all be seen up close in the country’s many National Parks.
The most ancient road is not yet 100 years old and tourism is a very young industry. Many conveniences available and expected in heavily-travelled worldwide resorts simply do not exist.
Island Escapes have carefully selected the finest resorts in Madagascar.