Madagascar Map, Africa

Madagascar map with tourist destinations

Madagascar map: why visit this little island?

The fourth largest island in the world, tropical Madagascar has an astounding selection of fascinating plant and wildlife species, 80% of which are unique to the country, as well as weird burial sites and customs, off-planet rock formations and good beaches with diving and snorkelling locations.

What the place doesn’t have is too many travellers! Yet.

On the other hand public transport is unreliable and some grasp of French is vital for individual travellers, so horrible as it may seem, consider a package tour if you have special interests and/or limited time in the country.

Guest room Invasion of ring-tailed lemurs, Berenty, Madagascar map

Ring-tailed lemurs visiting our room in Berenty Reserve. Berenty is a private forest reserve in the semi-arid spiny forest region in the far south of Madagascar. It’s a place of research dedicated to lemurs.

Downsides

• Public transport is unreliable and some grasp of French is vital for individual travellers, so horrible as it may seem, consider a package tour if you have special interests and/or limited time in Madagascar.
• Appalling deforestation (85% gone up in smoke) is putting the exotic flora and fauna on the endangered list.
• Crime is on the up, especially in Antananarivo (Tana), so observe Safety suggestions.
• It can get extremely hot (we recorded 61C/142F there on one occasion, in the shade).
• Malaria, see more below under Safety.
• Just about every park/reserve requires a permit.