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Madagascar

Madagascar is home to a diverse range of species, including the only site on earth where you may view wild lemurs. The list of creatures includes boggle-eyed chameleons, dancing lemurs, and leaf-tailed geckos.

Madagascar is a one-of-a-kind location dubbed the «eighth continent» due to its stunning beauty and diverse landscape. This beautiful island, situated 250 miles off the coast of East Africa, is the world’s fourth-largest, having broken away from the earth’s main continent Gondwanaland about 165 million years ago. Landscapes on the magnificent Red Island range from palm-fringed beaches to semi-arid deserts, limestone pinnacles, volcanoes, and grassy plateaus. Madagascar is frequently referred to as the ‘Galapagos of Africa’ due to the enormous range of species on offer. It continues to provide one of the most unique and unheard-of wildlife excursions on the globe.

MADAGASCAR HIGHLIGHTS

  • 90% of the Madagascar flora and fauna are endemic.
  • Madagascar is the Island with the highest diversity of ecosystems.
  • Over 144 protected areas.
  • 107 Lemur species living in their natural environment.
  • Superb bird watching with plenty of native species.
  • The most extensive diversity of chameleons on earth.
  • Over 11 endemic plant species, including 6 Baobabs.
  • Fascinating history.
  • Anthropologically diverse and unique.
  • Friendly locals with unique uses and customs.
  • Great beaches with superb snorkeling and diving.
  • Excellent cuisine (French influence)

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Time and Weather

Madagascar has a warm tropical climate, but there are great regional variations. In the interior highlands, a cooler and less humid climate is experienced. There is a lot of rain throughout the year on the east coast, but the southwest is usually hot and dry. However, there is a wet season (November to April) and a dry season (May to October) throughout the country.

Winter is in full swing throughout the peak season (July and August), with moderate daytime temperatures and chilly evenings (cold in the highlands).

Temperatures are moderate in the middle of the year (April-June, September-December).

Everywhere, the rainy season is from January to March.

The best time to visit

The best time to visit Madagascar is determined by the activities and sights you wish to see. After the rains that fell between January and March, the land is lush and green, with lemurs and reptiles active and easy to detect. While there are periodic severe rainstorms from April to June, they are interspersed with sunshine, and July and August are mild and dry, making this a great season to explore.

The whales come in July and stay until the end of September on Île Sainte-Marie. The weather is enjoyable between September and November, being beautiful and mild. This is also the time of year when jacarandas bloom, and many lemurs give birth. While it is hot in December, lemurs, reptiles, and tenrecs are active, making for excellent wildlife watching.

The New Path Expeditions favorite time to explore Madagascar is between September and October, time when the temperatures are no that high and babies lemures just have been born.

Wildlife

Madagascar is a hotspot of diversity, offering a unique type of safari. You will not see the «normal» safari animals here, there are no elephants or lions. Instead, the island is home to more than 100 species of lemurs, as well as a host of reptiles, amphibians, and birds. Most of these animals are endemic to Madagascar. Of particular interest are chameleons, which vary widely in color, shape, and size.

The lemur is Madagascar’s emblem, but there are many more strange and fascinating species to be found there, including the spectacular fossa (a predatory feline), colorful and camouflaged chameleons, bizarrely formed insects and humpback whales in the winter. Whether it’s the distinctive baobabs or the hundreds of orchids, the trees and flora are stunning.

The island’s magnificent wildlife and flora coexist with epic landscapes of incredible variety: limestone cliffs, granite karsts, lush hills studded with terraced rice fields, forests of all types, and laterite-rich soil, earning the nation the moniker «Red Island.» With a coastline of 5000 kilometers, the water is never far away.

For those looking for something different, this is the place to go.

Our Madagascar Expeditions

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The Lemurs of Madagascar

The Lemurs of Madagascar

Madagascar is known across the globe for its lemurs, which resemble a mix between a cat, a squirrel, and a dog. These species are only found on the island and exhibit a variety of fascinating habits, like singing like a whale (the Indri) and sashaying across the sand...

The Red-fronted Lemur

The Red-fronted Lemur

The Red-fronted lemur is medium-sized lemur with a long tail, the red-fronted lemur (Eulemur rufifrons) differs in appearance between the sexes. Although the male and female don’t differ in size, the male red-fronted lemur exhibits a gray to grey-brown coat with a...

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