Madagascar’s dazzling biodiversity needs no introduction. This massive island in the Indian Ocean boasts 5% of all the world’s animal and plant species, and 90% of the fauna and flora here is endemic. The island’s lemurs are the flagship mammals, with over 100 species and subspecies found here and nowhere else on earth.
Madagascar’s wildlife includes much more than just lemurs. Two thirds of the world’s chameleon species, 200 other reptile species, more than 300 bird species, the cat-like fossa, over 14 800 plant species (more than 80% are endemic) and at least 266 amphibians all contribute to a safari experience unlike any other.
The terrain of Madagascar varies greatly, from lowland forest in the east, to dry deciduous forest in the west, spotless tropical beaches on the coastline, mountains and swamps. Places such as Masoala National Park on the large peninsula of Madagascar’s northeast offer an amazing combination of wildlife-filled forests and picturesque seaside.
Anjajavy Private Reserve, with its deciduous forests, beautiful shorelines and ‘tsingy’ limestone pinnacles.
Ankarana National Park’s limestone pinnacles, deciduous forests, hanging bridge, cave networks and high densities of lemurs and other wildlife.
The Masoala National Park with a variety of lemurs including red-ruffed, white fronted brown and eastern fork-marked, and unusual birds such as the helmet vanga, red-breasted coua and ground-rollers. Stunning scenery with forests, streams, waterfalls and seaside.
The forests of Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, where you can see the largest of the lemurs, the indri, and a diverse range of other endemic and endangered wildlife.
Ranomafana National Park, for golden bamboo lemur, Milne-Edwards sifaka, red-bellied lemur and birds such as brown mesite, Pollen’s vanga, sunbird-asities and ground-rollers.Back