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 the long-established reserve of Analamazaotra Forest, sometimes known by its colonial name of Périnet, was combined with Mantadia, 20km to the north, to form Andasibe-Mantadia National Park. Because of its proximity…

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 private reserve some 3 hours’ drive west of Taolagnaro is one of the most famous in Madagascar, not least for being the site where renowned primatologist Alison Jolly studied lemurs for five decades. It’s…

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 trunk and sparse stubby branches – is emblematic of Madagascar. This is the motherland of baobabs. Of the nine species found worldwide, six grow exclusively in Madagascar. It is difficult to be certain…

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 a relative absence of unsightly tourist development. Here is a cliché of a tropical island with endless deserted beaches overhung by coconut palms, bays protected from sharks by coral reefs, hills…

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 most diverse areas of virgin rainforest in Madagascar. The peninsula’s importance was recognised by the French back in 1927 when they created a small reserve there, but independent Madagascar was swift to remove the…

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 Nosy Mangabe is superb. This 520ha special reserve has beautiful sandy coves, marvellous trees with huge buttress roots and also strangler figs. And it’s bursting with wildlife including, of course, its…

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 impress anybody. The 18,500ha Montagne d’Ambre National Park was created in 1958, the French colonial government recognising the unique nature of the volcanic massif and its forest. The park is part of the…