Madagascar in detail

Regions at a Glance

Madagascar is the world’s fourth-biggest island, and with its huge size comes a huge amount of diversity.

Central Madagascar is the most accessible, with the paved RN7. The coastal regions are the realm of the 4WD and can be challenging to travel in (the northwest being the exception).

Eastern Madagascar has a tropical climate and is therefore hot and humid year-round; western Madagascar by contrast, is hot and arid, the south especially with desert-like landscapes. The north is more humid and is home to the most popular beach destination (Nosy Be).