Western Madagascar

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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 ChoiceInternational in Belo-sur-Tsiribihina

Mad Zebu

The ‘crazy zebu’ is the most incongruous find in dusty Belo, possibly in all Madagascar. Dishes seem to come straight out of a Michelin-starred restaurant (the chef trained in prestigious kitchens in Madagascar...

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 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 ChoiceFusion in Majunga (Mahajanga)

Chez Madame Chabaud

Small, intimate and oh-so-delicious, Chez Madame Chabaud is a Majunga institution. Christiane (the original Madame Chabaud’s daughter) prepares a divine fusion cuisine mixing Malagasy, Creole and European...

Top ChoiceInternational in Morondava

Bleu Soleil

Winning the prize for the best beach views of any restaurant in Morondava, this breezy place serves everything from tagliatelle to zebu brochettes, grilled fish and a mean smoked-fish salad. Step down the stairs...

Top ChoiceEuropean in Morondava

Chez Maggie

At Chez Maggies’s thatch-roof restaurant, you can’t fault the service, or the food. House specialities revolve around the grill: be it steak, jumbo shrimp or the catch of the day, everything comes out cooked to...

Cave in Boeny Region

Grottes d'Anjohibe

This series of subterranean rooms and galleries, some of them the size of buildings, are among Madagascar's most impressive. Stretching over 5km, and adorned with stalactites and stalagmites, the caves are...

National Park in Parc National Ankarafantsika

Parc National Ankarafantsika

Ankarafantsika (130,026 hectares) is the last strand of dry western deciduous forest in Madagascar. Its excellent wildlife viewing and hiking opportunities make it one of western Madagascar's most popular and...

Landmark in Majunga (Mahajanga)

Baobab Tree

At the T-junction with Ave de France, there is an enormous baobab tree (circumference, 21m!) thought to be well over 700 years old. It is considered fady (taboo) to touch it.

National Park in Parc National Kirindy Mitea

Parc National de Kirindy-Mitea

Not to be confused with the Réserve Forestière de Kirindy, the deliciously remote 72,200-hectare Parc National de Kirindy-Mitea, which surrounds Belo-sur-Mer, is one of Madagascar’s newest parks and it's well...

Nature Reserve in Boeny Region

Mahavy-Kinkony Wetland Complex

The Mahavy-Kinkony Wetland Complex incorporates a diverse and fragile ecosystem consisting of marine bays, river, delta and 22 lakes, including Madagascar’s second-largest, Lac Kinkony. The reserve is also home...

National Park in Boeny Region

Parc National Baie de Baly

Best known as the home of the critically endangered ploughshare tortoise, this remote park has dense dry, bamboo and mangrove forests, sand dunes and beaches, lakes and rivers. In addition to eight lemur species...

Waterfront in Majunga (Mahajanga)

La Corniche

Majunga is all about the Corniche, the palm-lined promenade bordering the sea made up of Blvd Poincarré and Blvd Marcoz. In the evening residents come here to enjoy a stroll under the setting sun, sip a soft...

Natural Feature in Morondava District

Baobab Amoureux

Providing inspiration for many a Malagasy wood sculptor, these two A grandidieri baobabs have twisted themselves into a perfect embrace, earning them the sobriquet of 'Baobabs in Love'. The entwined lovers are...

Cafe in Majunga (Mahajanga)

Parad’Ice

This cheerful cafe-restaurant serves simple but well-prepared meals, including salads you can tuck into without hesitation and rotating plats du jour such as ravitoto (pork stew with manioc greens) or zebu stew....

International in Belo-sur-Tsiribihina

Karibo Restaurant

If for reasons we can't quite fathom you can't eat at Mad Zebu, this place, run by the same people, is a good fall-back option and worth a mention in its own right. Zebu steak or brochette, tagliatelle with...

Italian in Morondava

La Capannina

Run by an Italian-Malagasy couple, this place serves consistently yummy Italian food – think lots of pastas and different sauces, and pizzas straight out of the wood-fired oven. Other good choices include crab...