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Bradt: Madagascar Highlights (Bradt Travel Guide Madagascar Highlights)


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This is the only concise guide to Madagascars highlights. Madagascar has been a specialist wildlife destination for decades, but mainstream tourism is now on the up with a range of boutique hotels to entice travelers to this naturalists Promised Land. This beautifully photographed guide caters for all short-stay visitors bringing you the ‘dont miss highlights of the country. Detailed maps include the six places most favored by tour operators, and a birders map identifies key locations to spot birds. A chapter on conservation discusses the islands projects and outlines how you can help.


 This compact guide focuses on Madagascars top spots introducing the first-time visitor to a kaleidoscope of Madagascars most thrilling sights.


Table of Contents


Chapter 1          History; people

Chapter 2          The Natural World

                        Geography & climate; habitats & vegetation; wildlife

Chapter 3          Planning your trip

                        When to go, types of visit; birding trips; red tape; getting there; health advice before you go; giving something back (local charities etc)

Chapter 4          On the Ground

                        Health; safety; money; food; drink; shopping; communications; cultural etiquette; tipping.



Chapter 5          Antananarivo (Tana) and surrounds

Excursions to Lemurs Park and Ambohimanga. Local charities.

Chapter 6          Tana to Andasibe

Andasibe: The rainforest national park three hours from Tana that everyone visits, the journey and places of interest on the way as well as the national park. Boxes on night walks, the indri and Mitsinjo reserve, an alternative to the well known national park.

Chapter 7          RN7: The Route South

                        Route Nationale 7, Tana to Toliara (Tulear): The most popular road journey in Madagascar, and the one with the most tourist infrastructure along the route.

                        Highlights along the route heading southwards: Antsirabe & pousse-pousses, Ambositra & woodcarving, Zafimaniry villages, Ranomafana, Fianarantsoa & vineyards, Sahambavy tea plantation, Ambalavao & paper-making, Anja Park, Andringitra national park, Isalo national park, Arboretum d'Antsokay, Toliara. Boxes cover rice, zebu, tombs, carving, Merina/Bara tribes and bamboo lemurs.

Chapter 8          Taolagnaro (Fort Dauphin) and surrounds

This region is a natural destination in itself, pretty much disconnected from the rest of the country by overland transport. Tourists generally fly here. The town, beaches, day excursions, Ste Luce, nearby reserves (Berenty, Mandena and Nahampoana) and Andohahela national park. Boxes: ring-tailed lemurs, sifakas, endemic birds of Madagascar.

Chapter 9          The north and northwest

                        General route: Ansiranana (Diego Suarez); Nosy Be and nearby islands; Mahajanga and region.

Ansiranana (Diego Suarez) and region: Montagne dAmbre National Park; Ankarana; The road journey to Nosy Be. Boxes on Tsingy, invertebrates, chameleons, geckos, chocolate.

                        Nosy Be and nearby islands: Nosy Be, Nosy Komba, Nosy Tanikely, Tsarabanjina, Nosy Iranja, etc. Boxes: cruising.

                        Mahajanga and region: Ankarafantsika national park; Anjajavy.

Chapter 10        The West

                        Morondava and surrounds: beach hotels; Avenue of the Baobabs; Kirindy Reserve; Tsingy de Bemaraha national park. Boxes: baobabs; Vezo & Sakalava people & their customs.

Chapter 11        Eastern adventure

                        General route: Toamasina and the Pangalanes Canal; Maroantsetra and region; Ile Ste Marie.

                        Toamasina, Ivoloina park, Pangalanes Canal and lake resorts. Boxes: The MFG zoo consortium, HELP charity, reforestation projects.

                        Maroantsetra, Nosy Mangabe, Masoala Peninsula. Boxes: aye-aye, rainforest ecology, frogs.

                        Ile Sainte Marie. Boxes: whale-watching, pirates.


Appendix: Language

Appendix: Further Reading


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Austin, Daniel
Bradt Travel Guides
Bradt, Hilary
Bradt1, Hilary
TRAVEL / Africa
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