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Discover the essentials of Madagascar; the world's fourth largest island! From endemic fauna like lemurs and geckos, to the magical landscapes of the Avenue of the Baobabs.

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Extraordinary Madagascar Tours & Vacation Packages

Are you seeking the adventure of a lifetime? Book a Madagascar tour with Exoticca. A gorgeous paradise with intriguing island life is only a plane flight away. You’ll love the island’s sparkling freshwater lakes, gorgeous rock formations, and intriguing wildlife.

At Exoticca, we make your traveling dreams come true. We appease your wanderlust and take you to the most exotic locations known to man. Most of our Madagascar vacation packages include flights, hotels, tours, transfers, and even some meals.

Trips to Madagascar from the USA

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A Madagascar tour takes you into the heart of the Indian Ocean. This island is the fourth biggest on earth, around 400 kilometers (250 miles) away from southeast Africa.

Madagascar has rich biological diversity, towering plateaus, and exotic rainforests. It features natural reserves and several volcanoes scattered across the island. 

Book a tour to Madagascar from the US. Flights depart from Los Angeles, Atlanta, San Francisco, and other major cities.

Top points of interest in Madagascar


Do you want to enjoy an immersive and memorable vacation? You got it. Below are the top points of interest on Madagascar trips and tours you should definitely check out.

Ambalavao


Ambalavao sits in the beautiful countryside of Madagascar’s Central Highlands. The houses and buildings are a treat for your eyes. Their pastel exteriors and carved balconies pop out with bold beauty and draw you in. 

Travel to the town to meet local artists who create various arts and crafts in their workshops. You might catch them making the famous wildflower-decorated Antaimoro (or Antemoro) paper.

Take a Madagascar tour to enjoy an authentic cultural and agricultural adventure. Ambalavao has a thriving zebu market. Witness herders gathering in the center of town to buy and sell large herds of humped cattle.

Morondava


Gorgeous landscapes surround the west coast town of Morondava, where you’ll find the Avenue of Baobabs. The 250 meter (820 foot) dirt road has around 25 beautiful Grandidier’s baobab trees.

Take an exciting Madagascar wildlife tour into Kirindy Forest. This reserve homes some of the rarest animal species on earth. Enjoy once-in-a-lifetime sightings, from the fossa cat to lemurs and jumping rats.

The Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park is also worth the adventure. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site with mangrove swamps and limestone karst rock formations. You’ll also encounter a “spiky rock forest” and various rare lemurs and birds.

Ifaty


Want to enjoy a serene break from the fast-paced rat race and unwind completely? Take a Madagascar tour to Ifaty. Golden beaches, laid-back villages, and soothing fishing trips await in this beautiful utopia.

Several beachside resorts offer comfortable getaways. You can explore the local community or laze on the beach deck chairs. The soothing sound of gentle waves will calm you as you enter a heavenly state of mind.

Go on a Madagascar safari tour into Reniala Nature Reserve, an excellent destination for the adventurous. Witness rare sightings of endemic flora, animal species, and reptiles.

Ranohira


Fancy a day of outdoor adventures? Include a tour to the Ihorombe region. The highlight is the Isalo National Park, one of the most popular spots on the island. Gorgeous scenery awaits you, including pinnacles, canyons, and rainbow rock formations.

Enjoy pristine hiking trails and refresh yourself in the Black or Blue Pool. We recommend you stay to watch the stunning Ranohira sunsets in the canyons.

Ranomafana National Park


You’ll never forget the stunning biodiversity and breathtaking mountain ranges in Ranomafana National Park. It’s a wildlife adventure that we highly recommend.

The massive tropical rainforest is home to many bird, reptile, and lemur species. Enjoy one of the best Madagascar tours as you hike through grand scenery. Don’t forget to jump into one of the many refreshing hot springs!

Madagascar: Off the beaten path


Are you looking for a unique experience? Consider a Madagascar adventure tour to the following spots:

  • Ride a boat out to Ile Saint-Marie island (Nosy Boraha), off the east coast of Madagascar. It was home to around 1,000 pirates in the 17th and 18th centuries.
  • Go to the Ankarafantsika National Park to see the breathtaking Ambalabongo canyon. The fiery mountains are a sight to behold, with red water flowing between them.
  • Enjoy a day trip to the beautiful Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park and Nature Reserve. Witness fascinating limestone rock formations unlike anything you’ve seen before. 

Book your tour to Madagascar with Exoticca

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Our Madagascar vacation packages are all-inclusive. We provide convenient bookings and take care of the finer details for you. Our aim is to provide affordable, accessible dream trips for everybody.

All included: Flights, hotels, tours & transfers


Our all-inclusive trips to Madagascar ensure you don’t have to stress about anything. We arrange your flights, accommodations, transfers, and tours across the island. Some itineraries may include meals. Double-check your package details to confirm.

Madagascar partially or fully guided tours


Exoticca offers partially and fully guided Madagascar group tours led by local guides in each destination. Select from independent, semi-escorted, escorted, and fully guided excursions. You also have the option of arranging a private tour; just speak to our travel agents.

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Over 300 exclusive travel packages, spanning 60 diverse global destinations, have been expertly crafted by our devoted travel experts. Our team draws upon firsthand knowledge to shape the finest island vacations.

Working in close partnership with local brands and experienced guides at each location, we guarantee our passengers a seamless and memorable travel adventure. Exoticca’s local partners play a crucial role in the execution of our vacation packages.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many days do you need to see Madagascar?

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Many visitors to Madagascar recommend at least one week to explore the island and its highlights. The country’s amazing weather lets you relax by the beach or go for an adventure any time of the year.

Is Madagascar an affordable country?

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Many tourists report that Madagascar trips are among the most affordable holiday options. Accommodation and activities aren’t expensive, and public transport also provides fantastic value for money.

Why is Madagascar worth visiting?

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Madagascar is definitely worth visiting. It has gorgeous landscapes, fun activities, and exciting landmarks. People of all ages can enjoy exotic Madagascar tours.

Do you need vaccinations for Madagascar?

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Tourists must ensure their routine vaccinations are up to date. These include flu, chickenpox, measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), shingles, and polio. Visitors from yellow fever areas must get vaccinated before taking a Madagascar tour.

What is Madagascar famous for?

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Madagascar is famous for its wildlife and plant species, like lemurs, baobab trees, and gorgeous rainforests.

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More information about Madagascar

Surely you've heard of the island of lemurs and baobabs, an island that has inspired hundreds of legends, especially about pirates. And yes, they are true, at least in part, because there is evidence of the passage of piracy in Madagascar. The Sainte-Marie Cemetery, for example, is where a large number of pirates are buried. It is also said that millions of years ago most of the native animals that today populate the country, first arrived in Madagascar. These four-legged castaways have given rise to the million species that exist today on the island. A holiday to Madagascar will help you to get to know these amazing animals for yourself.

The Republic of Madagascar, located off the southeastern coast of Africa, is the fourth largest island in the world. Divided into twenty-two regions, the capital of Antananarivo is home to almost two million inhabitants. Next in importance is Fianarantsoa, ​​famous for its numerous churches. Toamasina, to the east, is the most important port on the island, while Antsiranana, to the north, is the most cosmopolitan port. The Morondava region, home to fishing villages, is also worth visiting on your tour of Madagascar, as well as the exotic Nosy Be, known for its fragrant ylang-ylang plantations. And speaking of fragrances, there is also Sambava one of the largest producers in the world of vanilla. How about a package-tour of Madagascar to discover it all?

 

History of Madagascar

The origin of the first settlers on Madagascar might surprise you, since it was populated first by Indonesians rather than Africans, despite being much closer to Africa. Hence, many of its inhabitants retain Asian customs typical of the Southeast Asian region. Subsequently, the Bantu came from the neighbouring continent of Africa. Between the 5th and 15th-centuries, Arab and Persian merchants began to arrive in the north of the island. Soon the Portuguese, Spanish, English and French attempted to take control of the island, although this was not achieved for a number of centuries.

 

Colonial-Era

During the incursions of the European colonisers and their numerous voyages to Madagascar, many locals were captured to be sold as slaves in Peru. For this reason, there are still Mangache communities in this South American country today. In addition, hundreds of pirates arrived on the island, the most famous of all was Thomas Collins who was appointed as governor of his pirate colony.

From that moment, in 1642, the French, after capturing and sentencing the famous pirate to death, tried to take control of the island. The different kings of Madagascar were undecided between collaborating and rejecting the settlers, but it was between 1882 and 1895 that the war against the French broke out. France took control of the island in 1895, after defeating Ranavalona III, queen of Madagascar at that time. But the unrest did not stop there as the island was occupied by the British in 1916 to prevent Japan from invading. In 1946, France declared Madagascar an overseas French territory before it finally achieved independence in 1960. The decades since have seen a number of different political conflicts and military coups. The current president, Andry Rajoelina, was proclaimed as transitional president in 2009, although it has not been recognized by the African Union or by the United Nations, as they believe he came to power by force.

 

Culture of Madagascar

Before starting your trip to Madagascar, it is worth knowing a little about the islands fascinating culture. The culture of Madagascar has its roots in the Malagasy people, who were the first colonizers of the island. Although there are different ethnic mixtures and clans, as well as Christian believers and a Muslim population in the north of the country, most of the inhabitants of the island practice the beliefs of their ancestors. The religious beliefs of most Malagasy people are focused on the worship of their deceased ancestors. They are bearers of wisdom, power and protection, and to gain their blessings it is necessary to perform ceremonies and make offerings of food and animal sacrifice.

On the other hand, the ‘Ombiasy’, or sorcerer-healer, also plays a significant role in the community and are in charge of preparing protective amulets and healing the members of their community. Fortune-tellers, known as Mpanandro, have their place in Malagasy society, being highly respected since they have a heavy influence on decision-making within the community. As for language, Malagasy and French are spoken in Madagascar, although it must be said that there are up to twenty-two dialects of Malagasy. Its more than 18 ethnic groups form a melting pot of customs and traditions, which make a holiday to Madagascar an incredible adventure!

  • Entry requirements

    Passport with a minimum of six months validity.

  • Visa

    An entry visa is required. You can obtain a visa on arrival for approx. $37, to be paid in cash.You must apply for Landing Authorisation prior to arrival: https://www.ivisa.com/madagascar-visa-on-arrival

  • Time zone

    UTC +3

  • Currency

    Malagasy Ariary.

  • Language

    French and Malagasy.

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  • Electricity

    127 / 220 V 50 Hz. Type C, D, E, J and K.

  • Other useful information

    The capital of Madagascar is Antananarivo.

  • Health

    Please consult your doctor regarding malaria prophylaxis.

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