Private island barefoot luxury Madagascar

Having split from the African subcontinent around 150 million years ago, Madagascar has evolved a unique plant and animal life in glorious isolation. From the carnivorous fossa (nowhere near as scary as the movie made them out to be) to the house cat-sized panther chameleon, many of its weird and wonderful species are not found anywhere else on earth – much like the exquisite luxury of some of its peripheral islands.

Off the northern coast of Madagascar, Nosy Be is the gateway to a handful of secret island hideaways. It’s the perfect place to grab a snorkel and head off into the coral reefs of the tiny Nosy Tanikely, or to explore the forests on the island of lemurs, Nosy Komba. For those in search of romantic seclusion in the very lap of luxury, the sands of the intensely private Nosy Ankao are best served warm, with the mingled scent of sunscreen and the inky pages of a jolly good book.

Madagascar Fast Facts

  • The Madagascan capital is Antananarivo or Tana for short.
  • Madagascar is the world’s fourth largest island. Before becoming a French colony, it had a female ruler.
  • Madagascar is considered megadiverse and is home to a number of species of flora and fauna found nowhere else.
  • Over 70 species of lemur (including the famous ring-tailed lemur) are found ONLY in Madagascar.
  • Madagascar is home to 50% of the world’s chameleon species. This includes the biggest, the Parson’s, and the smallest, the Dwarf chameleon.
  • Madagascar is home to 13 species of baobab. The baobab is also known as the “upside-down tree”.
  • Cannabis is legal in Madagascar and around one in ten Malagasy smoke marijuana.
  • Nosy Ankao is the largest of five islands off the north-east coast of Madagascar, and the centre for “blue safaris”.
  • A “blue safari” offers great scuba diving and a chance to see turtles, whales, dolphins and abundant tropical fish.
  • Madagascar was refuge for pirates, and Captain Kidd is buried on Ihle Sainte-Marie off the east coast.


Madagascar is home to approximately 27 million Malagasies.

When to go

The best time to visit Madagascar’s islands and beaches in the north, is between May and October.

Destinations within Madagascar

Madagascar Itineraries

11 nights Custom Safari Zambia safari and Madagascar beach Counting your lucky stars

Starts: Johannesburg Ends: Johannesburg

Price from USD $27395 per person

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