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Top Madagascar Experiences

Spotting a ring-tailed lemur or aye-aye on a trek through the rainforest.

Snapping a photo of Madagascar’s incredible baobab trees that look like something Dr. Seuss would dream up.

Catching a chameleon in the act of changing colors in its natural habitat, under the watchful eye of an expert guide.

Searching for rare fluorescent frogs and geckos on night walks from your lodge.

Watching for whales and dolphins off the coastlines.

Staying in secluded jungle lodges either in national parks or private reserves, some reached only by airplane

Relaxing on a beach or snorkeling in Nosy Be, the largest of Madagascar’s offshore islands, known as the “perfume island.”

Taking an excursion to Nosy Komba, an island near Nosy Be, to see black lemurs.

Visiting a bustling market in Antananarivo, Madagascar’s capital city.



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Top Madagascar Attractions

Isalo National Park

Andasibe Reserve

Lake Tritriva

Ranomafana National Park

Avenue of the Baobabs

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Must See Madagascar Attractions

It is 2019, and it is time to turn over a new leaf. And there's no place better to do this than Madagascar, especially because most of its plant species are endemic to just this region. Whether it is Madagascar's spiny or tropical forests, every animal or plant species you come across will be unlike anything you've ever seen before. Before you plan your trip to Madagascar in 2019, here is a list of top attractions and landmarks in Madagascar. 

1. Ranomafana National Park

Comet moth in Madagascar

Located in the southeastern part of Madagascar, Ranomafana National Park is known for its lush tropical rainforests. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Rainforests of the Atsinanana. Ranomafana National Park protects numerous plant and animal species that only live in Madagascar including the critically endangered golden bamboo lemur. Popular activities within the park include nocturnal and daytime walks through the forests.

2. Nosy Be Island

Top Attraction in Madagascar Nosy Be Island

Nosy Be Island is located on Mozambique Channel, off the coast of northern Madagascar. It is the most popular island resort in Madagascar and for good reason. Its warm crystal blue waters and white sandy beaches make every image of this island postcard worthy. Lokobe Reserve is located on the island as well as eleven crater lakes. Popular activities on the island include, snorkeling, scuba diving, whale watching, swimming, and hiking.

3. Isalo National Park

Top Attraction in Madagascar

Arguably the most popular national park in Madagascar, Isalo National Park is located in the southwest part of the country. The park covers multiple terrains. Within the park, you can find limestone formations, caves, waterfalls, canyons, grasslands, and unique vegetation that covers this dry climate. Notable attractions in this park include the Canyon des Singes, Piscine naturelle, eroded rock formations, and Canyon des Makis. Isalo National Park exhibits just how diverse and beautiful Madagascar’s terrain is.

4.The Royal Hill of Ambohimanga

Top Attraction in Madagascar

Although Madagascar is most known for its natural scenery, the Royal Hill of Ambohimanga shows the Malagasy people’s deep-rooted culture and history. This fortified royal structure is located on one of the twelve sacred hills of Imerina. The Royal Hill of Ambohimanga includes a royal burial site, pavilions, and designated places set aside for ritual practices. The indigenous people of Madagascar hold this site to the highest regard as a representation of their identity.

5. Île Sainte-Marie Island

Île Sainte-Marie Island in Madagascar

Île Sainte-Marie Island is a small tropical island located off the eastern coast of Madagascar. The island’s storybook past borders between fact and fiction. A common occurrence when pirates are the topic of conversation. During the 17th and 18th history, pirates used this island as a pit stop due to its quiet waters. Today, you can even visit a pirate cemetery. Other activities include seasonal whale watching, snorkeling, swimming, hiking, and boating.

6. Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park

Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park Top Attraction

Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park is located in the western region of Madagascar. The park’s prehistoric limestone forests look otherworldly with its rigid edges. Due to heavy rains causing unsafe conditions for travelers, the park is only open during dry season (April-November). Contrary to its unhabitable appearance, the site harbors numerous animal species. For those brave enough, the big Tsingy offers hanging bridges across these pointed limestone formation. A visit here is truly unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

7. Amber Mountain National Park

Amber Mountain in Madagascar

Amber Mountain National Park is known for its profound diversity of animal and plant species. It is located in the northern part of Madagascar and is mostly encompassed by montane rainforests. Hikes through this park exhibit the site’s beautiful waterfalls and crater lakes. It also has over 75 species of birds, 25 species of mammals, and 60 species of reptiles. Compared to the other parks, Amber Mountain National Park is relatively accessible making it a good spot to visit.

8. Avenue of the Baobabs

Top Attraction in Madagascar Avenue of the Baobabs

Located in western part of Madagascar, the Avenue of the Baobabs is a display of Baobabs that surround a dirt road. These trees are nearly 800 years old and are an indigenous species to Madagascar. Baobabs are also an endangered species and numerous conservation efforts being made in order to preserve them. They offer food and refuge for several species of insects and animals. These bizarre and beautiful trees also have been the subject of many local folktales. The Avenue of the Baobabs is a must-see for anyone visiting Madagascar. Its majestic presence is utterly mystifying.

9. Andasibe-Mantadia National Park

Andasibe-Mantadia National Park in Madagascar

Andasibe-Mantadia National Park is located on the eastern side of Madagascar and is easily assessable. This primary forest is known for its biodiversity and heavy rainfall. It rains over 200 days a year here. The call of the Indri is practically the park’s theme song. The Indri is the largest species of lemur. It is critically endangered and cannot live in captivity which is why the preservation of this park is so important. The park also offers the beautiful lush forest where numerous indigenous species dwell.

10. Marojejy National Park

Marojejy National Park in Madagascar

Located near the northern tip of Madagascar, Marojejy National Park is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Rainforests of the Atsinanana. Due to the parks variations in elevation, the park is very bioverse. The park, in its low elevation areas, has a lowland rainforest and a montane rain forest. At its higher elevations, the park has a cloud forest and mountain range. This unique park is a must-see for its biodiversity and stunning views.


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4.7 Activities
4.7 Lodging
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We had a fantastic time April 2019

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SpiceRoads Cycling Company Reviews

Our second tour with SpiceRoads and not our last - we had a fantastic time and we will no doubt be back for more. A great crowd as well - we were pleased to meet you all.

Operator SpiceRoads Cycling

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It a fantastic day for us March 2019

5.0

SpiceRoads Cycling Company Reviews

We had a perfect Bangkok jungle bike tour with Natt . He really made it a fantastic day for us. We can warmly recomend SpicyRoads and especially Natt as guide. Thanks again.

Operator SpiceRoads Cycling

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Fantastic small tour January 2019

5.0

SpiceRoads Cycling Company Reviews

Fantastic small tour with Max. The desing of the tour as well as the care for the participant is great and Max the guide did really go the extra mile for us. Really recommended!!!!

Operator SpiceRoads Cycling

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Great Fun November 2018

5.0

Unique Madagascar

..loved it.

Operator World Expeditions

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Amazing country, fun cycling October 2018

5.0

Cycle Madagascar

This was a great trip packed with very fun cycling days, a couple days
off-saddle to explore the country on foot, and a relaxing day at the end to
rest and recuperate while staring at the beautiful Mozambique channel. It
was really the perfect mix of activities -- all perfectly planned and
executed by the amazing trip leader Armel. The cycling was really fun with
some challenging hill climbs and amazingly long, winding, fun descents
through some of the most beautiful and interesting landscapes I've ever seen.
There was lots of time to explore nature (tons of lemurs!) and the tiny
villages we were cycling through. The food was fresh and delicious. Mel was
always willing to share information about this interesting country -- it's
people, cultures, music, politics, animals, and history -- and went above and
beyond to ensure the trip was perfect for everyone.
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Operator Exodus Travels

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This trip has it all! October 2018

5.0

Cycle Madagascar

This trip is in a class of its own. The cycling is varied, with plenty of
hills and descents through a wide range of landscapes. The country and
cultures are fascinating. There is a perfect balance of cycling and other
outdoor activities. Mel, the guide, goes the extra mile at every opportunity
and is passionate about every aspect of his job and country. If you want
long, action packed days with early starts, plenty of exercise, honest, clean
accommodation and the freshest food imaginable and you have a spirit of
adventure, sign up! I could not fault any aspect of this trip.
The visit to the Malagasy house. It was a very humbling experience.


He’s a legend! He works 24/7 to ensure the smooth running of the trip,
includes his own initiatives which add so much, never stops smiling and
joking. He is the difference between this and other Exodus trips.


Go with an open mind and a sense of humour. Be prepared for some physical
challenges. Don’t expect wifi to always work. Take a gel saddle.


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Operator Exodus Travels

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