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HOLIDAY IN MADAGASCAR   >   AFRICA 


Holidays Madagascar   -   Visitor information Madagascar.

Provinces in Madagascar : Antananarivo, Antsiranana, Fianarantsoa, Mahajanga, Toamasina, and Toliary

Ambohidratrimo, Andasibe [ Périnet ], Antalaha, Antananarivo, Antsirabe, Antsiranana [ Diego-Suarez ], Ihosy, Mahajanga [ Majunga ], Mahavelona [ Foulpointe ], Manakara, Mananjary, Mantasoa, Morondava, Nosy Be [ Island ], Ranomafana, Plage Libanona, Taolañaro [ Fort-Dauphin ], Toamasina [ Tamatave ], Toliary [ Tuléar ].

Capital City Madagascar : Antananarivo.


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Cruises

  Royal Viking Lines
  Salen-Lindblad Cruising

Hotels in Madagascar / Hostels

 
Centrally located hotels ranging from small family run budget accommodation to world-class five star hotels.

 

National Parks

Madagascar is home to nine-tenths of all the world's lemur species, including the dwarf Microcebus, no bigger than a mouse; the very friendly Macaco; the Catta, with a distinctive gray body and long black-and -white striped tail; the Sifaka, which can leap 30 feet or more from branch to branch; the Indri, tallest of all lemurs; and the rarest of all lemurs, the Aye-aye

  Isalo   -   in the south-west of the country. 150 miles from Toliary
Canyons, cliffs, gorges and other striking geological features, due to wind and rain erosion. Exotic flora, native palm trees, giant cactus. Lemurs, harmless reptiles.
  Montagne d'Ambre National Park  -  near Antsiranana
Ambre Mountain is an isolated patch of montane forest that rises from the surrounding dry region. The park is famous for its waterfalls and crater lakes.
Rain forest, tree-ferns, orchids. Lemurs, birds, harmless reptiles. Crater lakes, water falls, sweeping views towards the sea.

Travel Agents / Tour Operators / Madagascar Specialists

  Responsibletravel.com  
Holidays from dozens of leading specialist tour companies and accommodations who are passionate about conserving Africa's wildlife and benefiting its people.

 G Adventures
*   Madagascar Experiende
Highlights: Searching for lemurs and learning about the endemic flora and fauna in Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, Anja Reserve and other reserves, visiting several workshops.
*   Madagascar Encompassed
Experience southern desert, the pristine beaches of the north and the best of Madagascar on this comprehensive tour. Visit artisans' workshops for a taste of local culture and explore forests teeming with lemurs and orchids for an incredible introduction to the wilderness. Travel overland in the south, staying close to the vibrant people and fly to the north so you can hurry up and enjoy the relaxing beaches and opportunities to swim and snorkel. With so much wildlife and culture, make sure to pack your camera—and your sense of adventure.


  Rainbow Tours / Madagascar Travel   -   Small Group Tours



  Blue Cameleon Ventures   -   Madagascar Tours, Reptile Photography
  Explorers' Corner   -   Masoala National Park, Madagascar
Kayaking Trip on The Great Red Island   -   A Madagascar Exploratory!

Inbound

  Acacia Adventure Holidays   -   one of the world's leading independent African experts
  African Pride   -   specialist tour operator for holidays to southern Africa
Tailor-made holidays to the islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago
  Cortez Travel and Expeditions 

Madagascar (Globetrotter Travel Pack) - ISBN 1847730450Travel Guides Madagascar / Related Books

Madagascar (Globetrotter Travel Pack)
Paperback: 128 pages; Publisher: New Holland Publishers Ltd; 2nd Revised edition edition (26 Sep 2008); ISBN-10: 1847730450; ISBN-13: 978-1847730459.

  Lonely Planet Publications
Madagascar & Comoros travel guide

Madagascar (Bradt Travel Guide)
Hilary Bradt (Author)
Combining the author's unparalleled knowledge of the country - the product of almost 30 visits in as many years - with contributions from nearly 50 experts and countless travellers, this is the guide to Madagascar. Close to 60 maps (all completely revised and updated for this edition), 15 illustrations and 24 pages of colour photographs bring Madagascar to life on the page. Those who are planning a trip will find this an invaluable companion; and those who aren't will soon find themselves wanting to visit this intriguing and unique island.
Paperback: 448 pages; Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides; 9 edition (11 July 2007); ISBN-10: 1841621978; ISBN-13: 978-1841621975.

Guide to the Mammals of Madagascar - ISBN 0713670436 Guide to the Mammals of Madagascar
Nick Garbutt (Author)
This title is a reduced format field guide adaptation of the highly acclaimed Pica Press book Mammals of Madagascar. Madagascar has a unique mammal fauna. Of the 184 species, at least 103 are found nowhere else on earth. It is best known for its 33 species of lemur, but there are also a great variety of tenrecs, bats, rodents, viverrids and mongooses. As the only mammal taxa present on Madagascar, these groups have demonstrated remarkable adaptive radiation, giving rise to some of the most remarkable species in the world, such as the witch-like Aye-aye, the elegant Fosa and the bizarre Hedgehog Tenrecs. Anyone interested in mammals will hope to explore Madagascar's extraordinary assemblage of species, and this is the perfect identification guide for the island.
Paperback: 304 pages; Publisher: Christopher Helm Publishers Ltd (2 April 2007); ISBN-10: 0713670436; ISBN-13: 978-0713670431.

Madagascar and Comoros (Lonely Planet)
Tom Parkinson (Author)
Paperback: 304 pages; Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 6th Revised edition edition (1 Mar 2008); ISBN-10: 1741046084; ISBN-13: 978-1741046083.

Transportation / How do I travel to Madagascar

A flight of 14 hours from Europe; 2 hours from Kenya or La Réunion

  Antananarivo Airport
  Nosy-Be Airport

 
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  Airline Tickets /  Bargain Flights to Madagascar   -   Price comparison possible

Indian Ocean Pass  -  created jointly by Air Seychelles, Air Mauritius and Air Austral. The participating airlines have merged their regional networks to enable you to create your own circuit to discover the gems of the Indian Ocean

  Railway links: Antananarivo-Toamasina and Fianarantsoa-Manakara [ through steep mountains, rain forests and quaint villages ],  Antananarivo-Antsirabe,  Moramanga-Lake Alaotra

  By sea:  Freighter World Cruises

  Maps International   -   Guides Madagascar  
Mapsinternational.co.uk is one of the largest map shops online.
  Map Madagascar [ Uni Texas   -   Perry-Castañeda Library   -   Map Collection ]


Links / Resources
 

  Tourist  Board Madagascar   -   Maison du Tourisme de Madagascar

  Antananarivo   -   Capital City   -   'City of a Thousand Warriors'
Built on a Y-shaped granite mountain surrounded by rice fields. The rova ("royal fort") sits atop the highest point and houses an historical museum of the ancient Malagasy queens and kings. A jumble of houses cover the steep slopes. A maze of narrow alleys and stairs crisscross the town. One such stairway, climbing 600 feet, is named Tsiafakantitra or in translation 'old folks can't make it'.
In the center of town, the Zoma is a very large open market. Exotic fruits, vegetable, meat, flowers, hardware , toys, furniture, handicrafts, potteries, carved stones, clothes are laid out over a central plaza and many adjoining streets. The wares are protected from the sun by enormous white umbrellas. Hawking and haggling are animated but conducted in a dignified manner, without yelling. Many localities derive their name from the day of the week the market is held. The Wednesday market is held in places called Alarobia, the Thursday market in Alakamisy. For Friday shopping, you go to Zomà, though Antananarivo's Zoma is now held daily.

  Ambohidratrimo'   -   former royal capital
An old, sacred village on a steep hill [ 'blue hill ]
  Andasibe (Périnet)   -   small jungle town located along the Antananarivo-Toamasina railroad
Fauna reserve. Look for the Indri-indry [ largest lemur ] and other lemur species.
  Antalaha
  Antsirabe [ 'plenty of salt']
Resort and hot-springs town, 100 miles south of Antananarivo. The legendary Lake Tritriva fills an extinct crater nearby. Lake Andraikiba offers boating and swimming.
  Antsiranana (Diego-Suarez)
  Fianarantsoa
  Ihosy
  Mahajanga (Majunga)
  Mahavelona (Foulpointe)
  Manakara
  Mananjary
  Mantasoa
  Morondava
  Nosy Be
Along the north-west coast lies a number of islands, the largest of which is Nosy-Be. Marvelous beaches and coral reef in a protected national zone, natural lemur reserve, wonderful fishing, numerous nearby desert islands, all awaits the lucky traveller.
  Nosy Boraha [ Sainte Marie ]
A tropical paradise of beaches, sea shells, coconut trees; quiet island, with very few cars; mopeds can be rented to circulate around this 36-mile long island. Historical traces of occupation by pirates in past centuries.
  Ranomafana
  Plage Libanona
  Taolañaro (Fort-Dauphin)
Beaches, lemur reserve at Berenty, Mahafaly tombs, Malagasy special flora such as baobabs. Clement weather.
  Toamasina (Tamatave)
Town and the most important port in Madagascar. Departure point for excursions by car, boat, train or plane. Forest station and flora laboratory at Ivoloina (7 miles north of town). Rain forest and virgin beaches north towards Mahavelona.
  Toliary (Tuléar)
Scuba-diving and snorkeling in a coral reef second only to Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Good starting point to see baobabs, giant cactuses and thorny trees of the semi-arid Malagasy South-West.

  News   -   Madgascar Tribune   -   Le Journal On-Line
Sommaire,  Editorial,  Politique,  Société,  Opinion,  Environnement,  Médias,  Enseignement,  Divers,  Reportage ,  Malagasy,  Culturel,  Sport
  MFG  - Madagascar Fauna Group   -  what they do,  galleries,  links/resources
International consortium of zoos and related institutions working together to conserve Madagascar's spectacular wildlife and wild places.
  PBS  -  Living Edens
The fourth largest island in the world formed more than 125 million years ago when a piece of the African coast became unhinged and drifted into the Indian Ocean. Isolated from mainland evolution, this eden known as Madagascar became home to some of the most bizarre life forms on earth, including chameleons, mongooses, and lemurs.
  Radio   -   for webradio Madagascar see Portal Wanadoo Madagascar
  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK   -   Madagascar  -  Madagascar Plant Diversity web pages
Biodiversity of the Coffee Family (Rubiaceae) in Madagascar,  Legumes of Madagascar,  Orchids of Madagascar,  Euphorbiaceae of Madagascar,  Tree species of Madagascar,  Palms of Madagascar,  Woody Bamboos of Madagascar,  Madagascar Biodiversity Links
  Tsimbazaza   -  botanical and zoological garden
With many specimens of the very peculiar Malagasy flora and fauna: lemurs, extraordinary chameleons and insects, birds. There is a skeleton of a giant extinct bird, the aepiornis, standing ten feet tall over its nine-quart egg (an ostrich egg measures a quart and a half).
  TV  -  MBS and RTA
  World Wildlife   -   Madagascar   -   The Spiny Forest of Madagascar
Known as "Ala Maiky," the Spiny Forest in the south of the island nation of Madagascar receives only 12 to 24 inches of rain per year but supports an extraordinary range of species. Distinguishing this ecosystem from others is a unique family of trees: the Didiereaceae, including the bizarre octopus tree. Another prominent species is the songo be, which can reach a height of 50 feet.

Cuisine  -  Madagascar Cooking Recipes

  Malagasy cuisine
Foods eaten in Madagascar reflect the influence of Southeast Asian, African, Indian, Chinese and European migrants that have settled on the island since it was first populated by seafarers from Borneo between 100 CE and 500 CE.

History of Madagascar

Independence: 26 June 1960 (from France)

  History of Madagascar [ Wikipedia ]

Female Caligula: Ranavalona, the Mad Queen of Madagascar  -   K. Laidler
The true story of Madagascar's very own Red Queen. Ounce for ounce as insane as her Roman counterpart, Queen Ranavalona of Madagascar surpassed Caligula's legendary cruelty a million times over. Beginning in 1828, her 35-year reign was measured in bodies: a million of her own subjects were ritually executed; ten thousand slaves perished in a week. Female Caligula tells the true story of the bizarre court life (which involved guests picking lice from each other's hair during dinner), as well as the outrageous costumes and extravagances (including living quarters decorated entirely with silver bells) behind Ranavalona's famously bloody reign. Female Caligula is a must-read for anyone interested in one of the few women who joined history's rogues' gallery of insane despots.
Hardcover 248 pages (September 23, 2005);  Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd.;  Language: English;  ISBN: 047002223X
In Search of the Red Slave: Shipwreck and Captivity in Madagascar 
Mike Parker Pearson, Karen Godden
Pirates, shipwreck and slavery - these are the key themes in this story of a young Englishman who spent 14 years of his life in captivity in Madagascar. This tale has been more or less lost to sight for centuries, for, although the shipwrecked sailor in question, Robert Drury, wrote a book about his adventures in 1729, it has long been out of print. Parker Pearson and Godden have explored the world of Southern Madagascar in order to track down the truth of his story. At one level, this book is a real-life adventure story with a strong maritime theme; at another, it is a wholly new insight into life on Madagascar and the Tandroy people; and, on yet another level, it is a story of the reality of modern archaeology and anthropology - hard, dirty and frustrating.
Hardcover 256 pages (September 29, 2002);  Publisher: Sutton Publishing;  Language: English;  ISBN: 0750929383
  Timeline Madagascar

Music, Art & Culture, Events

Malagasy music can be roughly divided into three categories: traditional, contemporary and popular music.

  Music of Madagascar
Traditional music, Vocal traditions, Musical instruments [ Chordophones, Aerophones, Membranophones, Idiophones ], Contemporary music [ Highlands, Coastal styles, Popular music ], Performance of Malagasy music [ Secular performance, Sacred performance ].

  Museum of Art and Archaeology Antananarivo [ University of Antananarivo  ]

  Culture Madagascar
Malagasy culture reflects a blend of Southeast Asian, Arab, African and European influences....

Malagasy-English/English-Malagasy Dictionary and Phrasebook  -   Janie Rasoloson
Malagasy, the national language of Madagascar, has over 10 million speakers. This dictionary and phrasebook provides the traveller to this beautiful island with the means for basic communication, as well as an introduction to the country's culture. The compact guide includes a two-way bilingual dictionary with over 2 ,000 entries and a phrasebook containing all of the essential topics, from introductions and common phrases to accommodations, food and drink, weather and health, among many others.
Paperback 180 pages (January 1, 2001);  Publisher: Hippocrene Books, Inc.;  Language: English, Malagasy;  ISBN: 078180843X


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