Madagascar Cruises

Cruising in Madagascar

A large island nation on Africa’s east coast, Madagascar is perhaps best known for its incredible diversity of plants and wildlife. Geographically isolated for around 90 million years, there are many species of flora and fauna here that exist nowhere else in the world, making it an exciting place to visit. Madagascar has several coastal cities and small ports that a cruise ship may visit, including Tôlanaro, and Nosy Be.

Arriving at the peaceful harbour of Tôlanaro, the combination of turquoise water and white-sanded beaches, contrasting with the rugged green mountains behind, takes your breath away. In and around Tôlanaro there is much to see, like the gorgeous Saiadi Botanic Garden, where you can walk amongst beautiful gardens, and see some of the country’s unique plant species, as well as birds and butterflies. Visit Andohahela National Reserve to see the unusual and awe-inspiring baobab trees, or Berenty Reserve, to watch lemurs chattering as they move through the treetops.

Nosy Be is Malagasy for “big island,” and it is indeed the largest of the cluster of islands on the northwest coast of Madagascar. The port town is the oddly-named Hell-Ville, but the island is anything but—absolutely stunning, with pristine beaches and beautiful coral reefs, inland lakes, and another chance to spot lemurs, as well all manner of reptiles, at the Lokobe Nature Special Reserve. Madagascar’s nature reserves are absolutely unforgettable, with their thick jungle and unusual plant life, and the sheer number of animals that are tucked away within—many completely hidden from view until pointed out by your guide.

From November to April, Madagascar’s climate is warm and rainy, with coastal temperatures topping 30 degrees Celsius in December. Between May and October the weather is both cooler and dryer, although there is still some rainfall. With daytime temperatures of around 20 degrees, the dry season tends to be a more popular time to enjoy everything the country has to offer.

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