Destination Information for Madagascar
Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world. It floats in the Indian Ocean off the East coast of Africa. Around 90% of the wildlife in Madagascar is unique to the island, and for nature-lovers and tourists alike there really is nowhere else quite like it in the world. About a quarter of all primates in the world find their home here, as well as hundreds of species of frogs, bats and spiders. There’s plenty to do in Madagascar away from the wildlife, too. Beautiful beaches, excellent surfing, scuba diving, rock climbing and caving means adventure addicts and sun-seekers will find this an island paradise for all sorts of reasons.
Antananarivo, the capital city in the centre of the island, is referred to as ‘Tana’ by the locals. There’s no real tourism here, although it is the main entry and exit point for Madagascar, so most tourists will visit the city. The area around Antsirabe, just south of the capital is a hotspot for adventure sports, and here you can join an organised excursion or head off exploring yourself. There are a number of National Parks in Madagascar, and the largest of these is Tsingy de Bemaraha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There’s a huge variety of flora and fauna, including aloes and orchids, and the forest is home to over 50 species of tropical birds.
Madagascar truly is the ideal destination for anyone with a sense of adventure who wants to explore one of the most unique and beautiful places on the planet. It’s best to visit during the dry season from April to October.
Malaria and regions within country:
There is a high risk of P.Falciparum malaria throughout the country.
Malaria chemoprophylaxis for high risk zones:
If all other anti-malarials are not deemed suitable, Chloroquine plus Proguanil can be used but it is less effective.