An island slightly larger than France, Madagascar was isolated from the African mainland for over 165 million years, resulting in plants and animals found nowhere else on earth. Including the instantly recognizable lemur.

Since March 2009, the country has been led by self-proclaimed president Andry Rajoelina, who was formerly the mayor of the capital Antananarivo after protests which swept him to power. Tourism is a small, but important, part of Madagascar’s overall economic strategy. While visiting the country will likely involve more roughing it than, say, Mauritius or the Seychelles, it is becoming increasingly popular as a destination for eco-tourism.

Matadorians who have visited the country share their views and advice below.

Madagascar Articles

51 things to do in 51 African countries

by Bernard Pollack

Photo essay: Avenue du Baobab, Madagascar

by Ross Borden

12 places where pirates once thrived

by Hal Amen

Life in Western Madagascar

by Ross Borden

Abby Sunderland lost and found at sea

by Candice Walsh

44 volunteer and professional opportunities in Africa

by Bernard Pollack

Smoke tourism: A cigarette lover’s guide to puffing around the world

by Jeannie Mark

Three stories from under the radar: Brazil, Madagascar, and a few ugly Eco-disasters

by Eva Holland

What’s going on in… Madagascar?

by Lova Rakotomalala

Matador’s wishlist destinations for 2010

by Hal Amen

Destination Expert: Madagascar

by Hal Amen

Six Things To Know Before Traveling to The Rainforest

by Stephen Orchard