The world’s most impressive geological features

Marble caves, salt lakes and rainbow mountains.

Confessions of a tour leader: inside my Madagascar diary

‘There are three of them in the bathroom! One is spread-eagled across the sink!’

The little things: photographing Madagascar’s miniature wonders

Travel and wildlife photographer Daniel Austin shares the stories behind his incredible shots of Madagascar’s miniature creatures

The best places to see lemurs in Madagascar

Lemurs are the poster children of Madagascar – here is a list of the best places to see them.

Andasibe-Mantadia National Park

One of Madagascar’s most popular reserves, this national park is home to a variety of lemurs, birds, reptiles and invertebrates. In the late 1990s…

Berenty Reserve

The mixture of tame lemurs, comfortable accommodation and the tranquillity of the forest trails make this the Madagascar memory for many people. This small…

Avenue des Baobabs

This cluster of towering Grandidier’s baobabs is one of Madagascar’s most famous views. The baobab – a freak among trees with its massively swollen…

Île Sainte Marie

This cliché of a tropical island is home to endless desert beaches overhung by coconut palms, bays protected from sharks by coral reefs and…

Nosy Mangabe

Nosy Mangabe has beautiful sandy coves, marvellous trees with huge buttress roots and and it’s bursting with wildlife. In fine weather the island of…

Montagne d’Ambre National Park

Even non-birders will be fascinated by the numerous species here; the Madagascar paradise flycatcher with its long trailing tail feathers is striking enough to…

Nosy Be

Meaning ‘big island’, the fertile and prosperous Nosy Be is blessed with an almost perfect climate all year round. The name means ‘big island’…


More than just a luxury seaside hotel, Anjajavy is about as good as you can get in Madagascar. Located 128km up the coast from Mahajanga,…

Masoala Peninsula

There are still large expanses of virgin forest along with stunning beaches of golden sand. Masoala (pronounced ‘mashwahl’) is one of the largest and…

Coffee culture in Madagascar

Journey back 500,000 years to discover wild coffee and join in the Malagasy coffee obsession.

What have we done?

Hilary Bradt, founder of Bradt Travel Guides, reflects on the pros, cons and ultimate ambiguity surrounding cultural tourism.