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Madagascar Flag The Republic of Madagascar (French: République de Madagascar) is an island nation in the Indian Ocean to the East of Africa. The main island, Madagascar is the world's fourth largest island and home to an incredibly diverse range of ecologies, including many which species which are found nowhere else including the entire lemur infraorder, three bird families, the fossa (Madagascar's largest mammalian carnivore), and six baobab species.

As of 2009, the population of Madagascar was estimated as being 20,653,556. The country's capital and largest city is Antananarivo (French: Tananarive), which is often known by its abbreviated French name, Tana. As of 2001, Antananarivo was home to 903,450 people, with a total of 1,403,449 people living it the city and surrounding urban area.

Madagascar Country Details


Country Name Madagascar
Political Status Island country
Geographic Location The Indian Ocean to the East of Africa
Flag Madagascar Flag
Principal Language French
Capital Antananarivo


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Madagascar (Bradt Travel Guide Madagascar)
By Daniel Austin

Bradt Travel Guides
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Madagascar (Bradt Travel Guide Madagascar)
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A new, thoroughly updated 12th edition of Bradt's Madagascar, the leading and most comprehensive guide to this unique island nation, written by Hilary Bradt, who first visited in 1976 and has returned roughly 35 times, and Daniel Austin, who has visited 12 times and continues to travel there annually. Bradt's Madagascar is by far the most thorough guide to the country in English and includes contributions from over 50 experts in a book which has been the most authoritative guide to the country for three decades. It covers national parks and protected areas and includes itineraries to suit all interests and budgets, plus details of around 1,000 hotels and restaurants.
Madagascar is fascinating not only zoologically and botanically, but culturally, linguistically, historically and geologically. This vast island is the fourth largest in the world and also the oldest, which partly explains why it has evolved into an incredible hotspot for biodiversity, with a truly unique flora and fauna that is more than 80% endemic to the island, and with new species being described virtually on a daily basis. Madagascar is also the only place where you can see wild lemurs. Almost a quarter of the world's 450-or-so primates exist only here. And Madagascar is the world's largest grower of vanilla orchids, the bulk of which is supplied to the USA for flavouring ice cream and Coca Cola.
With Bradt's Madagascar you can visit tropical rainforest and seek out its incredible flora and fauna; explore otherworldly limestone spires, most famously at Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park – Madagascar's most striking landscape; discover the beach-fringed islands around Nosy Be, fabulous for scuba diving, snorkelling, kayaking, whale-watching and fishing opportunities; and make the most of a host of adventuring and sporting possibilities, including surfing, windsurfing, rock climbing, tree climbing, caving, river trips, mountain biking, quad biking and hiking. Also covered are the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ambohimanga; the renowned Avenue des Baobabs, one of the country's most photographed scenes, and information on the best birdwatching spots: Madagascar has almost 300 avian species, with a high proportion of endemics, including five whole endemic families.


Lonely Planet Madagascar (Travel Guide)
By Lonely Planet & Anthony Ham

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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Madagascar is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Watch chameleons and lemurs in mountainous national parks, haggle like a local at the Marche Artisanal de la Digue, or snorkel incredible coral reefs; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Madagascar and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Madagascar Travel Guide:

  • Colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, local life and customs, arts, cuisine, environment, wildlife.
  • Over 45 maps
  • Covers Antananarivo, Central Madagascar, Southern Madagascar, Western Madagascar, Northern Madagascar, Eastern Madagascar and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Madagascar, our most comprehensive guide to Madagascar, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled.

  • Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet Africa.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet.

About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.

Madagascar: The Eighth Continent (Bradt Travel Guides)
By Peter Tyson

Bradt Travel Guides
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Madagascar: The Eighth Continent (Bradt Travel Guides)
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Madagascar is a land where lizards scream and monkey-like lemurs sing songs of inexpressible beauty. It is a place where creatures you may never have heard of—fossa and tenrecs, vangas and aye ayes—thrive in a true ‘Lost World’ along with bizarre plants like the octopus tree and the three-cornered palm. And where the ancestors of the Malagasy, as the island’s people are known, come alive in rollicking ceremonies known as “turning the bones.” Join Peter Tyson on a diverting odyssey with four scientists investigating the fascinating natural and cultural mysteries of this extraordinary land.

Madagascar
By Hilary Bradt

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Madagascar
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Madagascar, the naturalist's 'promised land', attracts visitors with its stunning scenery and endemic wildlife, from lemurs and aye-ayes to mantella frogs and sunbirds. From the Nosy Be archipelago to the enchanting coastal town of Fort Dauphin via the capital Antananarivo and the bizarre limestone plateau at Ankarana, Bradt's Madagascar covers all the national parks and protected areas, with itineraries to suit all interests and budgets. Co-authors Daniel Austin and Hilary Bradt have guided mesmerised visitors on more than 30 trips to Madagascar and their personal anecdotes and unparalleled knowledge, combined with input from around 50 experts, make this the most informative and indispensable guide on the market.

 

Wildlife of Madagascar (Princeton University Press (WILDGuides))
By Ken Behrens

Ken Behrens Keith Barnes
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Wildlife of Madagascar (Princeton University Press (WILDGuides))
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The Indian Ocean island of Madagascar is one of the world's great natural treasures and ecotourism destinations. Despite being an island, it is home to nearly an entire continent’s variety of species, from the famous lemurs to a profusion of bizarre and beautiful birds, reptiles and amphibians. Wildlife of Madagascar is a compact and beautifully illustrated photographic guide, and an essential companion for any visitor or resident. With an eye-catching design, authoritative and accessible text and easy-to-use format, it provides information on identification, distribution, habitat, behaviour, biology and conservation for all the mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and butterflies likely to be seen.


  • The most comprehensive single-volume field guide to Madagascar’s wildlife

  • Attractive layout features more than 900 stunning colour photographs

  • Covers the mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and butterflies, and some of the other invertebrates and plants, most likely to be seen

  • Provides key information about identification, distribution, habitat, behaviour and conservation

  • Introductory sections provide background information on Madagascar and its unique environments
Madagascar (Other Places Travel Guide)
By Sara LeHoullier

Sara LeHoullier
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Madagascar (Other Places Travel Guide)
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The authors, Maya Moore and Sara LeHoullier, fell in love with Madagascar during their time in the Peace Corps, and haven’t been able to stay away since. Over the past several years, they have investigated every corner of this stunningly diverse island, immersing themselves in the language and culture, and discovering new adventures (not to mention fabulous restaurants, hotels, and attractions) to share with fellow travelers. This guide provides practical advice, detailed maps, and firsthand knowledge to help explorers navigate both on and off the beaten path.

- Observe thousands of species of wildlife that exist only on this thrilling island.
- Bask on pristine beaches or get your heart racing while kayaking, surfing, or snorkeling in the clear, warm waters.
- Explore Madagascar’s National Parks and Special Reserves that will boggle the mind and get the blood pumping.
- Experience the rich culture of Madagascar with its art, heritage, dance, music, and its warm and welcoming people.

Lonely Planet Madagascar (Travel Guide)
By Lonely Planet & Paul Stiles

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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Madagascar is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Spend a night under the stars on the Imarivolanitra Trail, nestle in a hammock at Chez Sika, or see the majestic baobabs during sunset; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Madagascar and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Madagascar Travel Guide:

  • Colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries show you the simplest way to tailor your trip to your own personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips save you time and money and help you get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - including hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, and prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - including eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, and hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer and more rewarding travel experience - including customs, history, art, literature, music, architecture, politics, wildlife, and cuisine
  • Over 36 local maps
  • Useful features - including Top Experiences, Walking Tours, and Month-by-Month (annual festival calendar)
  • Coverage of Antananarivo, Andavadoaka, the Great Reef, Ilakaka, Itampolo, Nosy Be, Majunga, Morondava, Ambanja, Diego Suarez, Ramena, Sambava, Moramanga, Brickaville, Tamatave, Ile Sainte Marie, the Masoala Peninsula, and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Madagascar, our most comprehensive guide to Madagascar, is perfect for those planning to both explore the top sights and take the road less travelled.

  • Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet's Africa guide for a comprehensive look at all the continent has to offer.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Emilie Filou, and Paul Stiles.

About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

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Madagascar Travel Journal: Perfect Size 100 Page Travel Notebook Diary
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Madagascar Travel Journal: Perfect Size 100 Page Travel Notebook Diary
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Lightweight and perfect for traveling, this soft cover notebook Madagascar travel journal is ideal for tucking into a full bag or suitcase. The cover is a glossy finish so that you can easily wipe it off (if it ends up covered in something delicious-tasting, or lands in a mud puddle ;) Keep your memories for longer by journalling them in your Madagascar travel journal. A nice affordable travel notebook designed with the traveler in mind. This would make a great gift for the traveler in your life. Bon voyage!
Madagascar 1:1 000 000 inclued Antananarivo inset (International Travel Maps)
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2nd edition. 2 sides map. Printed in Canada.
Lonely Planet Madagascar & Comoros (Lonely Planet Madagascar) (Multi Country Travel Guide)
By Aaron Anderson & Becca Blond

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Discover Madagascar & Comoros

Hike through forested canyons in the Parc National de I'Isalo, where ring-tailed lemurs scamper in the trees
Catch a whiff of cloves, ylang-ylang and vanilla driving north of Soanierana-Ivango
Drift down the Tsiribihina Riverin a wooden pirogue, passing cliffs carpeted with sleeping bats
Gaze into the vast jaws of an insect-eating plant in Parc National d'Andohahela

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Make the most of your trip-of-a-lifetime with the best itineraries, tips and listings from our discerning authors
The only guidebook to cover Madagascar and the Comoros
Special color section on the diverse animals, birds and plants of this unique destination
Visit lonelyplanet.com for up-to-the-minute reviews, updates and traveler insights

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