Madagascar is located in the Indian Ocean 250 miles off the eastern coast of Africa across the Mozambique Channel, just south of the equator. Over 1000 miles (1580 km) long and 350 miles (570 km) wide, Madagascar is the world's fourth largest island. Its most prominent feature would have to be the steep mountain range paralleling the entire eastern coast.
A nature-lover's paradise, this sparsely-populated land occupies an area more than twice the size of Great Britain, and it is crisscrossed by no less than six different micro-climates! Madagascar's highest mountain, Mt. Maromokotro, towers an impressive 9450 feet (2876 m) over the island's northernmost regions. The eastern slopes of Mt. Maromokofro and her numerous companions give way to a narrow coastal plain.
Madagascar is, above all, a nature destination. While there are certainly interesting man-made facets of the country – including colonial towns, native crafts, and sleepy coastal villages – Madagascar is an eco-traveller's dream. From endless jungles filled with endemic plants, rare birds, and endangered animals, to the white-sand beaches of the Malagasy islands and limestone karst formations of Ankarana, the island is an explosion of nature at each turn.
Madagascar showcases the very best of our wild, weird but oh so wonderful world. Venture into national parks to experience profound moments in nature, mellow out on idyllic islands, stroll through heritage towns and spot quirky wildlife not found anywhere else on this earth.
Madagascar is just a quarter of the size of the Democratic Republic of Congo, yet boasts an incredible number of different lemur species, each of which is completely endemic. Most famous is the indri whose calls awaken weary travellers with a rush of excitement, other famous species include the ring tailed and dancing sifaka. Perhaps a little less known is the eerie aye aye, whose intriguing looks, including bulbous eye and a very long finger, led to much supernatural suspicion among the Malagasy people.
Today, lemurs can be found virtually everywhere in Madagascar. Different lemurs have different niches – populating the island’s rain, cloud and spiny forests. Let ASTHO Vacations take you to the best spotd to see the Madagascar Lemurs
Madagascar’s main attractions are unquestionably its phenomenal biodiversity and stunning natural landscapes. However, its idyllic Indian Ocean beaches with soft white sand lapped by turquoise waters are perfect for some rest and relaxation and should not be forgotten! Madagascar has some fantastic coral reefs, ideal for snorkelling and diving, and world-class dolphin and whale-watching.
The remote, northern islands of Madagascar are idyllically unspoilt, despite four flights a week to from Italy to Nosy Be Island. These volcanic and coral Indian Ocean islands are truly spectacular. The sea is crystal clear for hundreds of kilometres at a stretch, the forests verdant and abundant with fruit and wildlife – and safe enough to walk barefoot.