is unique. When the island splintered off from Africa (and
later India) some 165 million years ago, it took with it
the ancestral stock of what would gently evolve into one
the most remarkable assemblages of animals and plants in
existence. Many comment that visiting Madagascar is like
passing through a 'lost world', or a 'world out of time'
- a surreal place which although fast-changing, somehow
embraces several centuries.
Unlike the 3 islands which exceed Madagascar
in size (Greenland, New Guinea, and Borneo), Madagascar's
climate is incredibly diverse. As a result, it is as if
a few very different, strongly contrasting countries have
been crammed into one giant island crudely shaped like a
Lush rain forests grace the permanently humid eastern region;
fragile tropical deciduous woods cling to existence on the
hot western plains, and in the semi-arid south is found
the bizarre 'spiny desert', perhaps the island's most extraordinary
The rate of endemicity among Madagascar's
plants and animals is staggering: just about everything
you will see and touch while exploring the stunning national
parks and nature reserves, is found nowhere else on Earth.
While a great many of our island's fascinating creatures
are in danger of extinction, much is being done to conserve
what remains of our natural heritage and any visiting wildlife
enthusiast is in for a treat.
15 million Malagasy - a people internationally praised for
their gentleness and charm - are divided into 18 tribes,
many sub-tribes and numerous clans. United by language and
by a rich, fascinating culture, the Malagasy constitute
the world's only Afro-Asian nation.
Madagascar offers unlimited opportunities for travellers
today. With our assistance, you can explore a range of protected
areas in comfort, or if light adventure is more your style,
we can help you venture into spectacular wilderness areas
well off the beaten track. Madagascar is also a superb destination
for honeymooners. Idyllic beach and scuba diving venues
abound. It will be our pleasure to ensure that you take
in the most possible in terms of variety during the time
you spend in Madagascar.