Top things to do

Top Choice Farm in Ambanja

Millot Plantations

This beautiful plantation, established in 1904, is a leading producer of organic cocoa, spices and essential oils, and a visit to this little slice of paradise is not only highly informative but a true festival of t…
Top Choice French in The West Coast

La Table d’Alexandre

For a decadent lunch on a day trip around the island, stop at Alexandre’s. The debonair French chef here serves exquisite cuisine in a dining room that wouldn’t have looked out of place on the set of Out of Africa: …
Top Choice Madagascan in Ambatoloaka

Chez Maman

For a true Madagascan eating experience, try Chez Maman, located on Ambatoloaka’s main street. Mama buys her ingredients at Hell-Ville’s market every morning and everything she cooks is fresh, tasty and incredibly c…
Top Choice Madagascan in Diego Suarez (Antsiranana)

La Bodega

The name suggests Spanish influence, but owner Cyrille is from France and the colourful restaurant is in Madagascar, so it’s hardly surprising the menu is a mix of all three nationalities. We loved the tapas à la Ma…
Top Choice Italian in Hell-Ville (Andoany)

Le Papillon

Highly recommended by locals, Le Papillon is the place to eat (and be seen) in town. It is set in a beautiful, old colonial house with a veranda in the heart of Hell-Ville. The Italian owner changes the menu accordi…
National Park in Sava Region

Parc National de Marojejy

The Parc National de Marojejy is one of Madagascar’s great undiscovered parks, a fact all the more astonishing because it's one of the best managed and easiest to get to. You can fly from Antananarivo to Sambava or …
Landmark in Antsiranana Region

Tsingy Rouges

About 65km southeast of Diego lies one of Madagascar’s most awesome natural wonders, the Tsingy Rouges. These scraggly pinnacles, erosion’s work of art, are made of laterite, an iron oxide–rich soil with an intense …
Nature Reserve in Vohémar

Loky Manambato Protected Area

Madagascan NGO Fanamby manages the Loky Manambato Protected Area, 56km west of Vohémar, to support local villages and protect flora and fauna. Most spectacular are the critically endangered golden-crowned Tattersall…
National Park in Antsiranana Region

Parc National Montagne d’Ambre

This wonderful national park is literally a breath of fresh air from the arid northern plains: at 1000m, it is generally 10°C cooler than in Diego or Ankarana, even more in winter, and its luxuriant forests could no…
Distillery in Nosy Be

Lemuria Land

Ylang-ylang oil is distilled at Lemuria Land on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and daily during the rainy season (January to the end of March). The whole process of turning these somewhat-insignificant flowers into a …