1. National Parks & Reserves
As the fourth largest island on earth protecting a spectacular array of wildlife and the highest biodiversity on the planet, Madagascar’s attractions lie largely in its national parks and special reserves.
What is the best national park? The question most tourists will ask as there is simply not enough time to visit them all in just one visit. National parks and other tourist attractions are scattered all over the island so you need to plan ahead which parks you would not want to miss.
Here see a list of my favorite national parks of Madagascar and why you should not miss any of them!
Find out more about Madagascar’s Wildlife: Madagascar Wildlife – Extraordinary Flora & Fauna
2. The Avenue of the Baobabs
Located in the western part of the island, in the Morondava, on the most beautiful road in Madagascar. Baobab tree, magnificent masterpiece of nature, is the national symbol of the country. There are no words to describe the beauty and spiritual energy of this place! You have to be there to experience it!
Read more about the Avenue of the Baobabs: A Quick guide to The Avenue of the Baobabs
3. Nosy Be
Life’s a beach, enjoy the waves! If you love stunning white sand beaches, snorkeling with all kinds of fish and turtles, relaxing with a fresh coconut in your hands under the palm tree Nosy Be, Nosy Iranja or Nosy Tanikely are definitely places you want to be! Not to miss!
Why not to miss Nosy Be & islands around it? Find out here: Life’s a beach in Nosy Be
4. Central Highlands of Madagascar
The most populated and fertile region in Madagascar is well known for the spectacular terraced paddy fields. Most of the Malagasy people live depending on subsistence farming, based on rice and cattle. Rice is a basic nutrient in the Malagasy gastronomy and every single dish is likely to include it. Enjoy endless rice fields (one of the most beautiful landscapes in whole island), meet rural people, learn about their tradition and local customs.
Read more: Madagascar – Exploring the eighth continent
5. Vakona Forest Lodge
Located at the edge of Madagascar’s mighty Andasibe – Mantadia National Park, Vakona Forest Lodge is a spectacularly isolated rain forest retreat surrounded by some of the island’s most beautiful rivers, lakes, and mountains.
For really close up lemur viewing the lodge has it’s own ‘LEMUR ISLAND’ where you can feed the friendly creatures as they jump on your shoulders. Playing with amazing lemurs on Lemur Island was definitely one of the highlights of my trip!
There is also a crocodile farm and numerous birds and reptiles.
6. Peyrieras Reptile Reserve (Reptile Park)
Private reserve was founded and owned by the French entomologist and naturalist André Peyriéras. It’s situated 75 km east of to the main capital Antananarivo, you will pass by the Reserve on your way to Andasibe-Mantadia National Park.
The collection includes many reptiles (chameleons, iguanas, geckos, frogs), batraciens (amphibians), crocodiles and papillons (butterflies).
The adjacent forest area supports families of relocated and habituated Verreaux’s sifaka and common brown lemur which provide opportunities to photograph them close up at feeding times.
If you are into chameleons and other strange unique Malagasy wildlife you should not miss this amazing Reserve. Especially if you want to take great close-up reptile photos!