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

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Lonely Planet Madagascar (Travel Guide)
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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.

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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
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.

 

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

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 (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 is written and updated by established experts whose unparalleled knowledge of Madagascar combines with 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 like nowhere else on earth. It 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. This is part of the reason 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 the otherworldly eroded limestone spires, most famously at Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park – Madagascar's most striking landscape; discover the beach-fringed islands around Nosy Be with their fabulous scuba diving, snorkelling, kayaking, whale-watching and fishing opportunities; and make the most of a host of adventuring and sporting possibilities, including surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, rock climbing, tree climbing, caving, river trips, mountain biking, distance running, quad biking, trekking 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.
Madagascar Wildlife (Bradt Guides)
By Daniel Austin

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Lavishly illustrated and completely updated, this fourth edition of Bradt’s Madagascar Wildlife is a celebration of the island’s extraordinary flora and fauna, 90% of which is endemic. The pace of change in Madagascar's biodiversity is staggering, over the past decade a new species of frog has been discovered at a rate of one every six weeks, and this is the only guide to keep abreast of such scientific developments. Containing over 280 colour photographs, updated information on 22 of the country’s top parks and reserves, plus lively species descriptions, this handbook is perfect for natural history enthusiasts and travellers alike.

 

Travelling Madagascar Without a Guide: The Red Island on a Budget
By Matthew Sorel

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Travelling Madagascar Without a Guide focuses on traversing the country on a budget. The more popular destinations in the country see tourists arriving by package tour with rented vehicles and guides accompanying them for the entire journey. Matthew Sorel describes a stunning route to take by road over three weeks and lists various methods to reach each destination without a package tour and how to do so on a budget. A detailed day-by-day guide lists what to expect en route and on arrival without having the luxury of an all-inclusive tour making the arrangements for you. You'll find information on how to arrange transport and access parks when you may not have a rented 4x4 waiting for you at all times. Each section also lists potential pitfalls to avoid and ensure a stress-free trip of a lifetime. As you are on a budget, standard prices are thoroughly listed throughout alongside currency conversions and a breakdown of costs that may not be obvious when paying on the day. Sorel lived and worked in the country for over a year and has planned many routes across the country for himself and others, including the journey described in this book. All of the experiences, research, collected notes and advice from that time have been thoroughly collated with stunning illustrated maps and photographs from this route to make Travelling Madagascar Without a Guide the essential travel companion for anyone even considering organising any of their own travel in Madagascar.
Madagascar, 10th: The Bradt Travel Guide
By Hilary Bradt

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The naturalist’s ‘promised land’ Madagascar 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. Author Hilary Bradt has guided mesmerised visitors on more than 30 trips to Madagascar and her personal anecdotes and unparalleled knowledge, combined with input from around 50 experts, makes this the most informative and indispensable guide on the market.  More than 100 new hotels and restaurants are reviewed and there is a new section on travelling with children, a growing travel trend.

 

Madagascar Wildlife 3rd (Bradt Travel Guide Madagascar Wildlife)
By Nick Garbutt & Derek Schuurman

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Beautifully illustrated with full color photographs throughout, Madagascar Wildlife is a celebration of the unique fauna of a remarkable island and the perfect accompaniment to Bradt’s popular general travel guide, Madagascar.  The guide is ideal for natural history enthusiasts and travelers alike, and the third edition has been fully revised to include new species. For example, there are 20 more species of lemur than in the last edition, and the number of known frog species has nearly doubled.

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

Princeton University Press
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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

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