Why visit Madagascar: 8 reasons to add it to your bucket list

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Still relatively undiscovered, Madagascar is a unique destination of warm sunshine, rich biodiversity, culture and stunning scenery.

Here are our top 8 reasons why Madagascar deserves a top spot on your bucket list.

1. Madagascar weather: perfect ‘holiday’ temperatures all year round

Experience perfect holiday temperatures throughout the year in Madagascar. Enjoy an average temperature of approximately 30ºC, crystal-clear warm waters, and an abundance of sunshine, with an average of 7.5 hours of sunlight daily. Madagascar proves to be an ideal vacation spot, offering a cooler and drier ‘winter’ season from May to October, and a warmer and wetter ‘summer’ season from November to April. Whether you prefer the refreshing breezes of winter or the lush vibrancy of summer, Madagascar caters to all preferences, making it a year-round paradise for travellers seeking an unforgettable escape. 

Diving in the Indian Ocean

2. Madagascar hidden gems: Laid back luxury holidays on Tsarabanjina

Embark on a journey to the relatively undiscovered gem of Madagascar and discover a hidden oasis of luxury. Indulge in the enchanting allure of Constance Tsarabanjina, where a harmonious blend of barefoot relaxation and understated luxury awaits you. 

Relax on a hammock suspended outside your exclusive beach villa on the secluded Tsarabanjina, a picturesque private island in Madagascar. Marvel at the celestial display of stars from your private furnished terrace or take a leisurely barefoot stroll down to the restaurant, where traditional Malagasy cuisine is elevated with a touch of Constance’s distinctive flair. 

Immerse yourself in the perfect synthesis of opulence and adventure as you join a guided nature walk around the island led by knowledgeable hotel staff. Despite its unexplored charm, Madagascar unveils a sanctuary of luxury at Constance Tsarabanjina, offering travellers a unique and unforgettable blend of relaxation and exploration.

3. Madagascar Diving: Be the first to dive into waters teeming with rare marine life

Experience the year-round splendour of diving in Madagascar, with a particular highlight around the Mitsio Archipelago, including the captivating island of Tsarabanjina. 

The underwater world surrounding this region remains largely uncharted, providing divers with an exciting and unexplored territory to discover. Madagascar’s waters boast some of the most breathtaking marine sightings, showcasing the diverse and vibrant aquatic life. Dive into the extraordinary and encounter: 

Humpback whales & sperm whales

From August to October, majestic humpback whales migrate to the warm waters surrounding Madagascar for their breeding season, crafting a mesmerising spectacle that is a rare and unforgettable treat for fortunate visitors.

Throughout July and August the majesty of the magnificent sperm whales can also be experiences first hand.

So, make sure to put whale watching in Madagascar on top of your bucket list!

Manta rays

Witness these graceful giants as they elegantly migrate through the warm waters of Madagascar from May to October.

Whale sharks

Get into a thrilling adventure as you swim alongside the gentle giants of the ocean from September through December. 

Adventures under the water's surface

Adventures under the water’s surface

4. Madagascar landscapes: Explore a completely stunning landscape like nowhere else on earth

Put your hiking shoes on and embark on a trek where the stunning landscapes of Madagascar transform from lush rainforests to captivating deserts adorned with rare and exotic wildlife. It’s an expedition akin to uncovering a forgotten land. Traverse the granite needle forests of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Bemaraha or immerse yourself in the otherworldly ambiance of a Baobab tree forest. With 20 National Parks waiting to be explored on foot, Madagascar offers a diverse and enchanting experience for every nature enthusiast.

Avenue of the Baobabs in Madagascar

5. Madagascar food: Savour the warm spice of Malagasy cuisine

Drawing inspiration from the diverse nations whose people have made Madagascar their home, including Africa, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and France, Malagasy cuisine presents a tantalising blend of rich and delicious flavours. Local spices and herbs like chillies, cloves, garlic, vanilla, and black pepper play a prominent role in the culinary tapestry, showcasing the vibrant essence of Madagascar. The cuisine also boasts an array of freshly caught seafood and locally grown succulent fruits and vegetables, contributing to a gastronomic experience that reflects the cultural melting pot of the island. 

Sakay - Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Sakay – Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

6. Madagascar wildlife: Discover Madagascar’s unique fauna & flora

The unparalleled biodiversity of Madagascar boasts with an impressive collection of 150 endemic mammal species with approximately 80 percent of the country’s wildlife exclusive to its borders. For those fascinated by the wonders of the natural world, Madagascar stands out as a must-see destination. 

Among the most treasured encounters in Madagascar are the 100+ lemur species, exclusive to the island. Visitors in October and November might witness the enchanting sight of newly-born baby lemurs, adding an extra layer of awe to the immersive wildlife experience Madagascar offers. 

Madagascan lemur

7. Madagascar festivals: Join the party at one of the island’s colourful festivals

Experience the warm hospitality of the Malagasy people through a variety of year-round festivals. Standout events include: 

  • Anniversary of the Republic (December): Celebrated on 30 December this is a key date in the festivities of Madagascar. Malagasy people commemorate this key date, marked by cultural displays, traditional ceremonies, and a lively atmosphere, making it a memorable experience for all. 
  • Alahamady Be (March): The Malagasy New Year lasts for two days and unfolds with a vibrant programme of music, dancing, and feasting. The festivities showcase traditional performances, lively rhythms, and a gastronomic experience that captures the essence of Malagasy traditions, making this celebration a delightful and memorable affair for all who partake.
  • Santabary Festival (April / May): The festival joyously marks the first rice harvest of the year in Madagascar. Across the island, revel in a series of events encompassing feasting, traditional music, and lively dancing, all dedicated to honouring this significant agricultural milestone. Communities come together to celebrate abundance, making the Santabary Festival a cultural extravaganza not to be missed. 
  • Feria Oramena (June): The carnival-like celebration of one of the nation’s favourite seafood, Lobster. This gastronomic extravaganza unfolds with vibrant festivities, featuring not only delectable lobster dishes but also a kaleidoscope of entertainment, music, and cultural performances. Immerse yourself in the jubilant atmosphere as Madagascar pays homage to this beloved seafood, making Feria Oramena a delightful and memorable experience for both food enthusiasts and cultural revellers alike
  • Hiragasy (July): This traditional Malagasy cultural event encompasses a spirited competition with five-themed entertainments including oratory, dance, music, drinking and eating. Witness the dynamic showcase of Malagasy heritage as participants display their skills and creativity in each category. Hiragasy goes beyond mere performance, offering a profound glimpse into the cultural depth of Madagascar through a captivating blend of artistic expressions and traditional customs. 
  • Madajazzcar (October): A 2-week jazz festival held in the country’s capital attracting famous jazz musicians from around the globe. The festival becomes a dynamic platform for international jazz talent, showcasing diverse styles and genres. Madajazzcar not only enriches the cultural landscape of Madagascar but also offers a unique opportunity to witness world-class performances in a setting that harmoniously blends global influences with the island’s rich artistic traditions. 

8. Madagascar bird-watching: Witness the spectacular birds of Madagascar

With over 100 endemic bird species, Madagascar is a must-see destination for bird-watching enthusiasts. From majestic fish eagles and graceful jacanas to vibrant ground rollers and paradise flycatchers, the island offers a vast array of avian wonders. Madagascar also welcomes a diverse assembly of migratory birds. 

From September to mid-December is breeding season, when many species adorn their finest plumage to attract mates. There are a number of bird watching safaris on offer, usually including lemur sightings as part of the deal and providing an immersive and multifaceted wildlife experience. 

Now armed with eight compelling reasons why visiting Madagascar should undoubtedly be on your bucket list, all that’s left to do is secure your plane tickets, reserve your accommodation with us at Constance Hotels, and embark on a luxurious holiday on this enchanting island. 

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