Madagascar Travel, Backpacking & Gap Year Guide
Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world and is situated in the spectacular Indian Ocean - this is one of the most exotic destinations in the world. View our comprehensive travel and backpacking guide with tips, ideas for the best things to see and do and information about itineraries, costs, how to save money, and more!
Activities & Things to Do in Madagascar
Travel to Madagascar
Get essential information, inspiration and travel ideas for travel to Madagascar.
- Capital: Antananarivo
- Currency: Ariary (MGA)
- Population: 21,100,000 (approx)
- Language: Malagasy + French
- International Dailing Code: +261
- Country Area: 587,000 km²
- Language: People in Madagascar speak both Malagasy and French and we highly recommended learning some basic words and phrases to help integrate into the local society. This will be beneficial when speaking to people and also getting around the country.
Top Reasons to Visit Madagascar
- Spectacular natural beauty
- Exotic wildlife including lemurs and whales
- Warm climate
- Friendly locals
- Amazing resorts
- Diverse range of exciting, relaxing, interesting and cultural activities available
- World famous places like the Avenue of the Baobabs
- See some of the best beaches in the world
Travelling in Madagascar
When you think of Madagascar the first thing that will probably come to your mind is the DreamWorks film which put this destination on the map. This country is classed as being located in Africa but it is located far off the coast and offers a totally different experience than the other countries in this continent. If you are interested in going off the beaten track and seeing exotic animals our wildlife holidays will appeal to you.
You will get to travel in a small group learning more about the island, people, culture and natue with an experienced local guide. Our packages are perfect if you are looking for an authentic experience where you can join exciting activities. We have some fantastic experiences available to book all year round where you will get to see the beautiful environment, exotic wildlife and stunning beaches. We promote authentic holidays from the worlds leading travel operators, you will get to travel like a local and do something more rewarding than just sunbathing.
Best Things to See & Do in Madagascar
Here are some of the best places you can visit in Madagascar, be sure to add them to your itinerary:
- Amber Mountain National Park and Joffreville
- Andasibe National Park
- Anjajavy Private Nature Reserve
- Avenue of the Baobabs
- Île Sainte-Marie
- Isalo National Park
- Nosy Be
- Nosy Iranja
- Nosy Komba
- Nosy Mitsio Archipelago
- Ranomafana National Park
Gap Year in Madagascar
Would you like to spend a time in a really spectacular country? View our featured gap year programs in Madagascar! This is an exotic destination made famous by the recent big blockbuster films, here you will be able to see wildlife, swim in the Indian ocean and enjoy the culture and atmosphere of this beautiful country.
There are various gap year adventures and work experience placements available where you can meet new people and enjoy the time of your life. Most programs are structured and include airport pick ups, meals, accommodation and sightseeing activities. Trips generally last around 2 weeks and there are year round departures.
Food & Drink:
Local food is very tasty, expect to eat a lot of rice with meat, vegtables and fruit, you might want to try the local zebu steaks which is a speciality.
Health & Safety
Madagascar is a very safe country to visit as a tourist and you shouldn't encounter any problems with crime but before departing you might want to check for recommended vaccinations like Hepatitis A/B, Rabies and also Typhoid. If you are going to be in remote areas of the country you might want to get malaria medication and also buy insect repellent. We recommended buying bottled water when in country and also staying hydrated - this country can get very hot so be aware of this if you are working outdoors and take lots of sunscreen.
View our Africa gap year guide.