Madagascar is a land of contrasts, of breathtaking beauty and surreal splendor, of seaside resorts and forest lodges, of leaping lemurs and carnivorous plants, of French influence and sacred Malagasy traditions. It really is a destination that defies logic and herein lies its charm. But it is becoming increasingly popular and we recommend you get here before the rest of the world arrives!
1. Andasibe Mantadia
Andasibe Mantadia is the country's most accessible national
park, comprising lush rainforest and a richly diverse biosphere. Visitors will
find rare species of birds, reptiles and amphibians living together, with a
crocodile farm serving as one of its top draws.
Nosy Be Archipelago
The Nosy Be Archipelago is a group of Indian Ocean resort
islands off the northwest coast of Madagascar with year-round temperatures of
about 80 degrees F. Nosy Be itself is the largest of these islands, offering
sugar-white beaches like Andilana and Amporaha where vacationers can swim, sail
Ampijoroa National Park
Ampijoroa National Park is a generally dry deciduous forest
in the western part of the country that sports an array of indigenous wildlife,
including several species of lemurs. The park is also a birdwatcher's paradise,
housing rare bird species such as the Madagascar fish eagle, pygmy kingfisher
and red-capped Coua.
Royal Hill of Ambohimanga
The Royal Hill of Ambohimanga is a UNESCO World Heritage site
that lies about 12 miles from Madagascar's capital city of Antananarivo. It's
characterized by burial sites, ancient city ruins and historically significant
religious features that have existed for more than 500 years.
Queen's Palace at Antananarivo
Queen's Palace at Antananarivo was built for Queen Ranavalona in the 17th
century. She was referred to as the "Wicked Queen" and "Bloody
Mary of Madagascar" due to the viciousness with which she punished
missionaries and executed her own subjects. The palace itself, locally known as Manjakamiadana, is the
largest of several buildings in the royal complex, although much of it burned
down in 1995 after an accidental fire broke out. Much of the stone facade has
since been restored, while several royal artifacts saved from the fire are