Last updated: February 1, 2017
Are you traveling to Madagascar Here’s a list of our favorite attractions and the top 10 things to do in Madagascar as a tourist!
Andasibe-Mantadia National Park
One of Madagscar’s best known and most visited national parks is the Andasibe-Mantadia National Park. Here you get the chance to get close to nature and experience the wildlife of the country. The only downside is that you cannot walk around in the park by yourself during the night, but this can easily be solved by going with a local guide. If you don’t go with a guide, you will miss seeing many of the animals that are active at night.
Sun & Swimming
Around the coast of Madagascar, there are many fine paradise beaches for you to visit. Some of the best beaches are found in Diego, Anakao and the areas around Morondava, and the islands of Nosy Be, Sainte Marie, and Nosy Ve.
Avenue de Baobab
Walking along this majestic boulevard is a must among the top things to do in Madagascar. Along with this boulevard, the Baobab trees are rising high above the ground. A powerful feeling that you’ll never forget!
Antananarivo, the Capital of Madagascar
The capital of Madagascar’s is a must to visit when exploring the country. In this capital, you won’t find any famous or spectacular buildings like you do in many other capitals around the world. However, there is an excellent market that’s worth a visit!
Around the shores of Madagascar, there are excellent opportunities for diving. The marine life is abundant, and there’s much for you to see under the sea. There are many diving schools where you can get certified, and our favorite is Plongee Toukoul.
If you like to dive, then this is one of the top things to do in Madagascar for you!
The Big Tsingy Stone Forest in Madagascar
One of the best things to do in Madagascar, is to visit the beautiful Big Tsingy Stone Forest. The Stone Forest is located on the west side of the country and is the world’s largest stone forest. Since 1990, these unique and breathtaking landscapes have been on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
In this forest, you’ll find a large number of lemurs, birds and also preserved mangrove forests. Many of the stones extend to over 70 meters above the ground. Further down, on the ground, grows lush trees and plants.
During the winter months (June to late September), Madagascar offers great opportunities for whale watching on the east side of the country. Large groups of humpback whales make their annual migration to the protective water at Ile Ste Marie. During this period, the whales give birth and take care of their newborn.
In early spring, whales swim through to the tropical seas near the coast to mate. An unforgettable experience and a must among the top things to do in Madagascar!
Meet the Locals
Every time you visit a new place, you get the opportunity to learn about another culture and the locals of the country. Although that every city and country is unique around the world, you can simply say that the population of Madagascar is unique in its own way. Just as the animals, the people have been living here isolated for a long time, which has led to traditions and a fascinating culture that’s not like anything else on this planet.
But even though they’re different, it’s not difficult to make contact with them. On the contrary, the Malagasy population is in general very nice and open to new people (as long as they get the respect that they deserve)!
Hike in the Isalo National Park
The National Park Islao offers an enjoyable hiking experience in the wild nature of Madagascar. During sunset, you can go to the natural stone window to behold an extraordinary view. To get an experience that’s as good as possible, we recommend you to book a guide, either a private guide or go on a guided walking tour.
Discover the Wildlife
Madagascar has an exciting and unique wildlife. Many of the species are endemic, which means that they don’t exist elsewhere in the world. It’s because the country has long been isolated, so many of the animals have had the chance to develop optimally.
An example is the chameleon, on Madagascar, they have around 150 different species. A more human-like animal is the famous lemur, which originates from Madagascar.