Cheap flights from Madagascar

The Republic of Madagascar, formerly known as the Malagasy Republic, is an island country in the Indian Ocean. It comprises of the main island off the coast of Southeast Africa and several smaller peripheral islands. Antananarivo is the capital and largest city of the republic. Madagascar is a known biodiversity hotspot, with approximately 89% of plant life, 95% of the reptiles, and 92% of its mammals are endemic. Animal species found only on the island include lemurs, the cat-like, carnivorous mammal fossa, the fanaloka, narrow-striped mongoose, tenrec, spear-nosed snake, and tomato frog.

Where to go

Ranomafana National Park

Covering over 41,600 hectares, Ranomafana National Park is home to several species of flora and fauna, including a large number of lemur species. It was established in 1991 in an effort to conserve the biodiversity of the local ecosystem. The park forms part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Rainforests of the Atsinanana.

Avenue of the Baobabs

The Avenue of Baobabs, alternatively called the Alley of the Baobas, is a dirt road in the Menebe region in western Madagascar, between Morondava and Belon'i Tsiribihina, lined with baobab trees. The area is known for its striking landscape. There are about 20 to 25 remaining trees in total, each approximately 30 metres in height.

Rova of Antananarivo

The Rova of Antananarivo is a royal palace complex, formerly home of the sovereigns of the Kingdom of Imerina in the 17th and 18th centuries. It was also home of the rulers of the Kingdom of Madagascar in the 19th century. Shortly before the Rova complex was due to be included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, a fire broke out on the night of 6 November 1995. This destroyed and damaged majority of the structures within the complex. Efforts to restore it are underway. The Andafiavaratra Palace currently doubles as a museum, showcasing royal artefacts that were saved from destruction in the fire.

Peyrieras Reptile Reserve

The reptile reserve goes by many names, including Madagascar Exotic, Mandraka Reptile Farm, Peyrieras Nature Farm, and Peyrieras Butterfly Farm. The small reserve is privately run and is located at Marozevo, between the towns of Manjakandriana and Moramanga. The reserve houses many reptiles, bats, amphibians, and papillons.

Direct short-haul destinations include Nairobi, Mauritius, and Johannesburg. Nairobi may be a bustling city, but its wildlife attractions are very near. The Nairobi National Park, for example, is only a short 15-minute drive away. Other highlights of Nairobi's tourism industry include David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, which is an orphaned elephant rescue and rehabilitation centre, the Giraffe Centre, Nairobi National Museum, the Railway Museum, and Ngong Hills.

Direct long-haul destinations from Madagascar's main international airport includes Bangkok, Guangzhou, Marseille, Sainte Marie, and Paris. Don't miss the chance to travel to Bangkok, the world's most visited city. Most visitors are after the nightlife, but that's not all the city has to offer. Bangkok is a shopper's paradise, with a vibrant street food scene. There are also many attractions that are family-friendly, like Siam Ocean World, the educational play centre KidZania Bangkok, Art in Paradise Trick-Eye 3D Museum, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, Safari World, and Siam Park City.

How to get out

The primary international airport serving Madagascar is Ivato International Airport, situated 16 km northwest of Antananarivo's city centre. The airport is served by Air Austral, Air France, Airlink, Air Madagascar, Air Mauritius, Air Seychelles, Comores Aviation, Corsair International, and Kenya Airways. The airport operates scheduled passenger service to Saint-Denis, Paris, Johannesburg, Sainte Marie, Sambava, Bangkok, Guangzhou, Marseille, Mauritius, Nairobi, and several other destinations.

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