Situated in the glistening-blue Indian Ocean, Madagascar is an island nation just off the southeast coast of Africa, combining a beautiful tropical climate with fresh sea-air and exciting culture. [ReadMoreMob]
Madagascar is best known for its huge array of wildlife and plant life, thanks largely to its long geographical isolation. This means that visitors can experience some of nature’s most diverse and rare creatures and plants, making cruises to Madagascar a real once in a lifetime opportunity. From the howling lemurs in the jungle to the beautiful flowers and exotic trees, exploring the island’s natural assets that aren’t found anywhere else in the world is something you’ll never forget.
Once you have had a chance to experience the jungles and wildlife, why not take the time to enjoy some of the incredible beaches and blue waters, taking leisurely boat rides along the coastline and basking in the sun. Visit the local towns and explore the markets, sample the local cuisine and immerse yourself in the island way of life.
Antsiranana (Diego Suarez), Madagascar
Amber Mountain National Park
Nestled near the northern tip of Madagascar, this mountainous park rises out of the drier surrounding landscape, has a cool climate and some wonderfully distinct scenery.
Taking its name from the resin that is found in the local trees, it is said to hold medicinal qualities and is still used by the local Malagasy people. Waterfalls, rainforests and volcaniclakes surround you, alongside an impressive level of biodiversity and plenty of endemic species of flora and fauna.
This sandstone formation made of small sandstone needles, formed and changed during land and mudslides after heavy rain are one of Madagascar’s most breathtaking natural wonders. Located about 65km southeast of Diego, the pinnacles are made of laterite, an iron dioxide-rich soil with an intense red brick colour. The landscape is constantly changing with old needles eroding and new ones appearing from beneath, so, as an erosion monument, Tsingy Rouge is a constantly changing phenomenon.
Hell-Ville, Andoany, Madagascar
Madagascar is a paradise of endemic wildlife and the world's greatest biodiversity hotspot. From curious lemurs to colourful chameleons, there are plenty of fascinating species within reach of Hell-Ville at sites such as Lokobe National Park.
Ylang-ylang is a wildflower commonly grown on Madagascar’s many plantations and praised for its sweet-smelling aroma, which is used in aromatherapy. The long tradition of extracting ylang-ylang's perfume was popularised in the West by Chanel in 1921.
The highest viewpoint on Nosy Be, Mont Passot stands at nearly 4,000 metres in height. En route from Hell-Ville to Mont Passot are several crater lakes, which are home to Nile crocodiles. These can be captured in all their glory from the summit.
Cruises to Madagascar
Departs: Southampton • Thu 05 Nov 2020
140 nights • Boudicca • D20GV
- A holiday beyond your wildest dreams, this 140-night voyage to some of the world’s most iconic and intoxicating destinations offers authentic cultures and traditions, amazing wildlife, spectacular scenery and much more.
- Experience an exhilarating Asian exploration, to learn of samurais and geishas in Japan; explore the war-torn history of Vietnam; sample India’s engrossing hustle and bustle; and even celebrate New Year’s Eve in stunning Singapore.
- African adventures include chances to seek-out South Africa’s ‘Big Five’ game and Madagascar’s iconic flora and fauna; explore the colossal Namib Desert; marvel at the Great Pyramid of Giza; and sail the impressive Suez Canal.
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Departs: Santa Cruz de Tenerife • Thu 12 Nov 2020
35 nights • Boudicca • D202829
- Seek-out the world’s largest desert, iconic landmarks and legendary wildlife in Africa; and sample paradise at a collection of idyllic Indian Ocean islands – all in just over a month – on this incredible holiday.
- You can experience an ultimate South African safari; encounter Madagascar’s famous fauna and flora; explore the Indian Ocean’s largest lagoon at Mayotte; and see the Seychelles giant land tortoises.
- You’ll also visit the sun-kissed Canaries and verdant Cape Verde; take in rarely-visited Ascension and St Helena; visit Namibia for the Namib Desert; and stop overnight in captivating Cape Town.
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Departs: Cape Town • Thu 03 Dec 2020
14 nights • Boudicca • D2029
- From seeking-out the ‘Big Five’ game on exhilarating safari adventures to exploring coral reefs teeming with colourful flora and fauna, enjoy unforgettable wildlife experiences on this cruise.
- Tour breathtaking South African game reserves; go in search Madagascar’s native wildlife, such as lemurs and chameleons; snorkel the Indian Ocean’s largest lagoon; and see the Seychelles’ giant land tortoises.
- What’s more, this incredible cruise also packs in the iconic landmarks of Cape Town; an opportunity to delve into Durban’s Indian-influenced heritage; and time to relax at picture-perfect beaches.
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Departs: Cape Town • Thu 03 Dec 2020
42 nights • Boudicca • D202930
- Chances to encounter incredible wildlife; discover paradise at idyllic islands; taste Far-Eastern culture; and see in the New Year in style make for an unforgettable end to 2020 and start to 2021.
- Seek-out South Africa’s ‘big game’ on exhilarating safari adventures; see Madagascar’s famous fauna and flora; marvel at the Indian Ocean’s largest lagoon in Mayotte; and meet giant land tortoises in the Seychelles.
- Spend Christmas Eve in Colombo and Christmas Day on board Boudicca, before visiting culture-rich Malaysia; being part of Singapore’s spectacular New Year’s Eve celebrations; and uncovering ancient castles, among countless other highlights, in Japan.
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