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Introduction

The Madagascar Travel Guide and Planner offers users completely free and most comprehensive English speaking information about Madagascar’s National Parks and Reserves, places of interest, cities and towns, accommodations, transportation means and lots more.

We also plan, prepare and organize all kind of travel arrangements: trips, excursions, treks or any other activity you are thinking of during your Madagascar´s vacations. If you are planning to visit this incredible island and want some help or tips, feel free to contact us writing an email to info@travelmadagascar.org

The guide has been written by non-bounded Madagascar friends and is continually updated with the latest information. Tons of tips gained from personal experience will help you to prepare your trip better. You will find that browsing these sites is extremely supporting!
Of course our Madagascar Travel Guide does not intent to substitute any high quality printed guide book. Thanks to the web we can however react to any change in not time and keep the contents of this guide being prices or contact numbers at their latest.We have up to date listings of accommodation in ach area guide, and you can also use websites like trivago to compare prices of hotels in different destinations.

The contents of this webpage have been put together in good faith without bias and were considered correct at the time of writing.  

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The Madagascar Travel Guide wishes you a wonderful journey to this wonderful island.

 
   Enjoy your visit!

         The Madagascar Travel Guide Team
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The history of Madagascar began 160 million years ago, as the island “broke up” with the African continent. At that time mammals did not even exist (they appeared ca 100 million years later), that is why we miss the typical African fauna in Madagascar. With the remarkable exception of bats, which could fly from the continent, there is not a single Madagascar mammal species which we can find in any other place of the world. The fourth largest island in the world, Madagascar is one of the most bio-diverse countries on earth, home to thousands of species of plant and animal life of which about 80 percent cannot be found anywhere else on the planet. Even 65 percent of all bird species are endemic to Madagascar, which means that they can only be found there.

The huge and immense tropical forests of Madagascar are considered a true Eldorado by researchers and scientists worldwide. Even the large rainforests of South America cannot compete with the enormous biodiversity of Madagascar’s flora and fauna, which offer a  unique habitat for some survivals of the Dino time like the chameleons: With 40 different species, Madagascar counts on the highest chameleon biodiversity of the world. Dwarf chameleons, tomato frogs, giant rats and hedgehog-like tenrecs are other curious creatures inhabiting this exotic realm, while the country's isolation for centuries has developed remarkable tree species like swollen Baobab and the spiny forest.

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  Brown lemur © Madagascar Travel Guide

But doubtless the most famous inhabitants of this island are the lemurs. There are 50 types of these half monkeys and half squirrels, ranging from the cosy teddy-bear assembling like the sifakas to the utterly bizarre like the aye-ayes. Sifakas are the trapeze artists of the lemurs: they are proved to be skillful climbers and powerful jumpers, able to make leaps of up to 10 m from one tree branch to the next. Comparing to their elegant appearance, the rodent-like shape of the aye-aye gnawing holes in the trees to pull grubs out with a long, thin middle finger certainly seems to justify the native superstition surrounding this mysterious animal. The Aye-aye has been traditionally seen a harbinger of evil. Indeed one theory exposes that the word "aye aye" itself means simply a cry of alarm to alert others to the presence of this animal. It might be a paradox but this superstition has contributed to the preservation of this peculiar lemur and prevented to be hunted for food.

The fascinating uniqueness of this island has led some to class it as the Eighth Continent. The diversity of Madagascar’s peoples, its incomparable nature frame, its unexplored coral reefs and other major attractions will undeniably draw an increasing number of visitors to dare a visit to this far corner of the world. If you are looking for a different destination with refreshing warm-hearted locals, huge national parks under the beaten track, rare and endangered species, an astonishing sea life and spectacular trekkings in a moonlike landscape you will be highly rewarded.

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