Madagascar is one of the least-understood destinations on earth. Being a large island, an incredible 80% of its plant and animal species are unique. Particularly famous are its ring-tailed lemurs. However, a coup in 2009 has been followed by unrest and outbreaks of violence. Poverty is widespread and touts are common in the cities.

Travel within the island is extremely slow, due to an undeveloped road network. The Avenue of the Baobabs on the west coast is a collection of several huge trees, while Tsingy de Bermaraha is an unusual limestone plateau and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The country is an exotic fruit lover's dream.


Madagascar flag

Why you should go:

Go for the wildlife.

Why you shouldn't:

You don't want to rough it.

Map of Madagascar