A traditional Mahafaly grave in south Madagascar adorned with horns of plenty (actually zebu) and beautifully carved wooden totems.
• Looking for exotic birds, animals and plants.
• Hiking around the parks and reserves.
• Mountain biking: Many locations will hire them, including Tana, Nosy Be, and Fort Dauphin. People are usually very friendly. If you bring your own bike then ensure it’s tough as roads will be rough and don’t forget basic spare parts.
• Diving and snorkelling: in the north of the island such as Ile Ste Marie (northeast), around Nosy Be (northwest) and near Tulear.
• Whale watching: off Ile Ste Marie (humbacks in the channel between Ste Marie and Madagascar, July – September).
• Local Culture: In Tana try to attend a ‘hira gasy’ local folk music/dance on Sundays.