Madagascar

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
12

51 things to do in 51 African countries

by Bernard Pollack
5

Photo essay: Avenue du Baobab, Madagascar

by Ross Borden
6

12 places where pirates once thrived

by Hal Amen
24

Life in Western Madagascar

by Ross Borden
11

Abby Sunderland lost and found at sea

by Candice Walsh
40

44 volunteer and professional opportunities in Africa

by Bernard Pollack
31

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

by Jeannie Mark
1

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

by Eva Holland
13

What’s going on in… Madagascar?

by Lova Rakotomalala
3

Matador’s wishlist destinations for 2010

by Hal Amen

Destination Expert: Madagascar

by Hal Amen
4

Six Things To Know Before Traveling to The Rainforest

by Stephen Orchard