Eastern Madagascar

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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 ChoiceInternational in Tamatave (Toamasina)

La Véranda

The refined restaurant and terrace at La Véranda is a popular choice for French expats and visitors thanks to its wide-ranging menu of well-turned-out European and Malagasy dishes at very reasonable prices. The...

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...

Top ChoiceSeafood in Île Sainte Marie

Chez Samson

Samson trained as a chef in the best kitchens of Madagascar and he decided early on that the remote and stunning location of his restaurant would be no obstacle to fine dining. You're therefore guaranteed to be...

Top ChoiceSeafood in Tamatave (Toamasina)

Ocean 5O1

Laid-back beach-shack restaurant with beautifully prepared and well-presented seafood dishes. However, you'll be so focused on the waves lapping the sands of the beach right in front of you that you probably...

Top ChoiceFusion in Ambodifotatra

Idylle Beach

This cool restaurant is without a doubt one of the best on the island: the fusion cuisine blends European and tropical influences to produce wonders such as tuna carpaccios or succulent zebu steak in green-pepper...

Top ChoiceViewpoint in Île aux Nattes (Nosy Nato)

Maison Blanche

No stay on the island would be complete without a sundowner at Maison Blanche: this atypical house has a rooftop terrace with 360-degree views of the island, Sainte Marie and the surrounding lagoon. It is...

Top ChoiceCafe in Ambodifotatra

Crazy Lemur

This activity centre doubles as a great cafe and bar, which serves informal meals (omelette and salad, burger and fries etc) on a lovely slice of beach: tables are set in the sand and under the palms.

Top ChoiceBar in Tamatave (Toamasina)

Gare des Manguiers

An old railway carriage has been converted into the most happening bar in Tamatave. It has monthly cocktail specials using seasonal fruits, plus there's regular live music and other events and decent food is...

Park in East of Antananarivo

Mahay Mitia Ala

The Mahay Mitia Ala (VOIMMA) park, opened in 2011, is managed by a local association to promote biodiversity, conservation and local development. The species found here are the same as in nearby parks, including...

Nature Reserve in East of Antananarivo

Réserve de Maromizaha

If you want real unadulterated wilderness then the Réserve de Maromizaha is what you're looking for. This 100-sq-km ecotourism reserve, about 8km southeast of the Parc National Mantadia is more the preserve of...

Park in East of Antananarivo

Parc Mitsinjo

Located on the main road opposite the MNP office, Mitsinjo is a private reserve run by Association Mitsinjo, set up by guides to promote conservation and community tourism. It’s a great idea to add this to your...

Cemetery in Ambodifotatra

Cimetière des Pirates

This is a fascinating spot from which to contemplate the history of the island. The cemetery overlooks the Baie de Forbans just south of Ambodifotatra, the perfect pirate hang-out. Missionaries, and colonial and...

Nature Reserve in East of Antananarivo

Vohimana Forest

Established as a private reserve in 2001, this crucial 1.6-sq-km corridor links the Andasibe area parks with the forests of the south. At present facilities include around 20km of walking trails, from two hours...

Zoo in Parc Zoologique Ivoloina

Parc Zoologique Ivoloina

The Parc Zoologique Ivoloina (ee-va-la-ween) is a very well-run zoo and botanical garden set on a lovely lake just north of Tamatave. Visitors can enjoy four walking trails with booklets in English, a snack bar...

Fortress in Foulpointe (Mahavelona)

Fort Manda

The evocative ruins of this 19th-century Merina fort, built for Radama I, are about 500m north of Foulpointe. Its walls, which are 8m high and 6m thick in places, are made from coral, sand and eggs. You can...

Wildlife Reserve in Mananara

Aye-Aye Island

This small, privately owned island in the middle of the Mananara River is home to about 15 aye-ayes (and other lemurs). A sighting isn't guaranteed but this is where you stand the best chance of seeing them in...