Madagascar, an island of diverse landscapes, curious creatures and colourful culture. If there’s a designation that lends itself to photography it’s Madagascar. It’s one of those destinations that holds a magical allure. Once you’ve been there, you will certainly want to return. Madagascar is known for it’s lemurs and baobabs, yet there are many more unique and colourful creatures to discover. The island has many endemic species of frogs, gheckos, cameleons and snakes. In Mt Ambre alone there more than 71 unique bird species.

Madagascar Baobabs - ESSA

Explore the remote northern region of Madagascar. Here you can photograph magnificent seascapes of Diego’s four bays and watch the sunrise over the Indian Ocean. Climb rugged hills and explore intricate cave systems. Experience the magnificent Red Tsingy and giant baobabs. At Mt Ambre reserve you can hike the route to the three waterfalls as lemurs scamper in the tree’s above. Seek out the smallest chameleon that lives tucked away at the foot of tall trees. Listen for the bird calls and see the curious and shy mouse lemur look out from it’s hiding place high up in a tree. Then there are the wilds of Ankarana. Follow the trail over rocky crags to the lost rivers. Climb through the Grand Tsingy to get to Lac Vert. Visit Bat Cave at dusk and watch as hundreds of bats circle before the evening forage in the forest.

In Madagascar there are tropical rainforests, semi arid temperate zones, coastal mountains and magnificent beaches. In each destination you will have an opportunity to experience some of the local culture, take in the natural surroundings and photograph the unique wildlife. Madagascar is magical. Experience it for yourself and see why so many people return time and again to explore more of this magnificent island.


Madagascar Lemur - Jacques MaraisActivities available in Madagascar:

  1. Photography
  2. Birding
  3. Hiking
  4. Mountain biking
  5. Yacht cruising
  6. Scuba diving
  7. Snorkelling
  8. Paddling
  9. Kite surfing

Top 3 Reasons to go to Madagascar:

  1. Forest reserve to see lemurs, chameleons, plants and birds
  2. Giant baobabs and Tsingy
  3. Beaches and coral reefs

Go to Madagascar if:

  1. You like rustic & enjoy travelling in Africa
  2. You like less touristy destinations
  3. You’re a keen diver, paddler or kite surfer
  4. You enjoy the experience of travelling and exploring
  5. You’re a keen photographer, birder or botanist

Best Time of Year to go to Madagascar

Most travel happens between April and December. Peak season is mid June to mid September. Avoid travelling January to March as it is cyclone season and heavy summer rains make many areas inaccessible.


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