Some of Madagascar's main attractions are the island's weird and wonderful lemurs. Not found anywhere else in the world, they have few natural predators and live here in relative abundance. Each with its own character and identity, living in its own unique habitat, an encounter with these endearing creatures is truly unforgettable. From the smallest mammal in the world – the nocturnal mouse lemur – to dancing sifakas bouncing across the dusty ground, teddy-bear like indri and eerie-looking aye-ayes, a Madagascar safari does not disappoint.
These heart-warming primates however, are not the only attraction to what is known as ‘The Red Island’. With 98% of the island’s native reptiles and amphibians (made up almost exclusively of frogs!) being endemic, there are opportunities galore to interact with these bizarre inhabitants, from chameleons the size of a fingernail, to the ultra camouflaged leaf tailed geckos.
A safari to Madagascar is not like traditional African safaris where you explore by 4x4, here you take in the wildlife on foot. Madagascar is a prime destination for getting up close and personal with the wildlife you meet along the way, learning about the small things as much as the big and taking in the sheer diversity of one of our planet's forgotten havens. Madagascar drifted from mainland Africa way before any big cats, elephants or apes evolved, making this one of the most diverse and unusual wildlife safari hotspots in the world today.
The diversity of the people, the geography, the wildlife, the culture, make this a must see on any adventurer's list