Top ChoiceNatural Feature in Morondava District

Allée des Baobabs

One of Madagascar's most recognisable images, this small stretch of the RN8 between Morondava and Belo-sur-Tsiribihina is flanked on both sides by majestic Adansonia grandidieri baobabs. Some of the trees here...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Antananarivo

Musée de la Photo

Opened in early 2018, this fabulous photography museum is Antananarivo's best museum. There are four small rooms showing films (in French, English or Malagasy) that offer a fascinating window on Madagascar's past...

Top ChoiceNational Park in The Desert

Parc National Isalo

Isalo is one of Madagascar's most beautiful parks. It contains sculpted buttes, vertical rock walls and, best of all, deep canyon floors shot through with streams, lush vegetation and pools for swimming. All of...

Top ChoiceNational Park in Parc National Bemaraha

Parc National Bemaraha

If you visit one place in western Madagascar, make it Parc National Bemaraha. A Unesco World Heritage Site, its highlights are the jagged, limestone pinnacles known as tsingy and the impressive infrastructure –...

Top ChoicePalace in Ambohimanga

Rova

Poised atop Ambohimanga hill is the Rova, the fortress-palace. The walls of the compounds were constructed using cement made from sand, shells and egg whites – 16 million eggs were required to build the outer...

Top ChoiceNational Park in Parcs Nationaux Masoala et Nosy Mangabe

Parc National Masoala-Nosy Mangabe

This 2100-sq-km national park contains one of the best primary rainforests in the country. It is famous for its vegetation, which includes rare hardwoods, bamboos, and dozens of species of fern, palm and orchid....

Top ChoiceNational Park in Parc National Andasibe Mantadia

Parc National Analamazaotra

This is the most popular park within Parc National Andasibe Mantadia. The real draw of this reserve is the rare indri, Madagascar’s largest lemur, whose unforgettable wail can be heard emanating from the misty...

Top ChoiceNational Park in Parcs Nationaux Masoala et Nosy Mangabe

Nosy Mangabe

Part of Parc National Masoala-Nosy Mangabe, this thickly forested and mountainous tropical island is one of the crown jewels of the Antongil Bay. With huge soaring canarium trees arising from flying buttress...

Top ChoiceNational Park in Parc National Andasibe Mantadia

Parc National Mantadia

Part of the Parc National Andasibe Mantadia, this park is about 17km north of Andasibe. Created primarily to protect the indri, Mantadia also hosts the black-and-white ruffed lemur. A quiet, beautiful area with...

Top ChoiceHistoric Building in Antananarivo

Rova

Rova

Tana’s rova (fortified palace), known as Manjakamiadana (A Fine Place to Rule), is the imposing structure that crowns the city's highest hill. Gutted in a fire in 1995, it remains under endless restoration but...

Top ChoiceWildlife Reserve in Ambalavao

Réserve d'Anja

This 370,000-sq-metre reserve encompasses three mountain-size granite boulders (the three sisters) ringed at the base by a forest full of ring-tailed lemurs. Anja's lemurs are famous for sunning themselves on the...

Top ChoiceNational Park in Parc National Andohahela

Parc National Andohahela

This 760-sq-km park protects some of the last remnants of rainforest in southern Madagascar, as well as spiny forest and a remarkable 12 species of lemurs. It also boasts 129 recorded species of birds, and a...

Top ChoiceNational Park in Central Madagascar

Parc National Ranomafana

The Parc National Ranomafana is a steamy hothouse of jungle bio-diversity where the hum of insects of is ever present and the wail and squeal of a dozen lemur species entices wildlife-watching tourists.

Top ChoiceGardens in Tuléar (Toliara)

Arboretum d'Antsokay

This is the one must-see attraction in Tuléar. Essentially a 400,000-sq-metre distillation of the entire spiny forest in one place, it's a fantastic collection of 900 plant species; take a guide (tip expected) to...

Top ChoiceArea in Fianarantsoa

Haute-Ville

The oldest and most attractive part of town is the pedestrian Haute-Ville (known as Tanana Ambony in Malagasy). Utterly removed from the hustle of the rest of the town, the Haute-Ville feels more like a quiet...

Top ChoiceNational Park in Massif de l'Andringitra

Parc National Andringitra

Parc National Andringitra is the pièce de résistance of the wider Massif de l'Andringitra. It encompasses a high-altitude granite plateaux of epic beauty, small tracts of primary rainforest, scenic trails along...

Top ChoiceNature Reserve in The Cape

Domaine de la Cascade

This gorgeous park, about 9km from the Total station on the road to Ambovombe from Fort Dauphin (Taolagnaro), covers 136 hectares, and with a budding ecotourism project in play, it consists of a nursery set in a...

Top ChoiceNatural Feature in Majunga (Mahajanga)

Cirque Rouge

Dramatic Cirque Rouge is one of western Madagascar’s most famous sights. This amphitheatre of eroded rock is tinted in a rainbow hue of colours, including red, pink, ochre and white – for the full effect, arrive...

Top ChoiceNature Reserve in Réserve Forestière de Kirindy

Réserve Forestière de Kirindy

This reserve, 60km northeast of Morondava, covers about 12,500 hectares and is a protected area that's popular with scientists and travellers for its amazing wildlife. Kirindy is one of the few places in...

Top ChoiceBeach in Île Sainte Marie

Piscines Naturelles d'Ambodiatafana

In the north of Sainte Marie, near Ambodiatafana village, these natural pools are separated from the Indian Ocean by a granitic gate of about 100m. During each tide, the sea fills these natural basins by crashing...