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Why Madagascar Should Be Your Next Travel Destination

May 07, 2020 ByAndrew Parker

Maybe you best know Madagascar as the animated island that’s filled with talking birds and dancing lemurs. Well, if the classic kid’s movie got one thing right, it’s the amount of good energy and exotic wildlife that exists on the exotic island. Located off the East coast of Africa, Madagascar is home to some of the world’s most incredible wildlife and nature. And yes, there really are plenty of ‘dancing’ lemurs. According to Lonely Planet, the best time to visit this tropical paradise is over the summer, specifically around August. This is the time when wildlife is in full bloom, and you can best observe nature in its prime habitat.

Yes, you should totally visit Madagascar for the lemurs. These little creatures are ridiculously cute, however, they are an endangered species and exist nowhere else in the world. Sadly, this incredible species is on the brink of extinction due to deforestation and poaching. While visiting Madagascar you will be able to visit national parks like Andasibe-Mantadia National Park in the northeastern part of the country. The Lemur Conservation Foundation has programs designed to teach locals about sustainable agricultural practices, aid in lemur reproduction, and reforestation. “A conservation project is successful when it has motivated a local community enough to make them protect their own resources,” said Simon Andrianiana, the head terrestrial guide at Time + Tide Miavana. “Malagasy NGOs like Fanamby, Vahatra and Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership (MBP) have worked extensively to identify the major issues that conservation is facing in Madagascar. They each adhere to the vision that lemur conservation is a success when you explain it to the local villagers, get them involved and make them benefit from it.”

Also, the whale watching is breathtaking. Whales pass by Madagascar during their migration, and twice a year, they are visible from the coast. If you go between July and September, make sure to go to Sainte-Marie island to spot a whole legion on humpback whales. Between October to December, baby whales and their mothers swim in Nosy Be shallow waters. We guarantee a once in a lifetime, spectacular experience. When you aren’t admiring animals, you’ll definitely be relaxing on the gorgeous beaches.