Found in the southwest of Madagascar, Mikea is one of the country’s newest national parks, and offers an enticing alternative to travelers wanting to include a more seldom-visited destination in their safari itinerary, in addition to more popular parks like Masoala and Ranomafana.
Mostly arid but with miles of idyllic white-sand beaches perfect as starting-off points for snorkelling excursions, as well as lakes, rivers and marshes, this national park contains plenty of areas ripe for exploration and relaxation.
One of Madagascar’s most instantly recognizable environments, the spiny forest, can also be found here. Didieras – otherwise known as the octopus tree – are common sights here.
Watch for another quintessential symbol of Madagascar, the ring-tailed lemur, as well as other species from the same family like the nocturnal brown mouse lemur – just a few inches long – and the charismatic Verreaux’s sifaka, who’s hopping along the ground on two feet is sure to put a smile on your face.
Known for its vanilla, pepper and ylang-ylang infused air, brilliantly colorful sunsets and peaceful island life, Nosy Be, meaning ‘Big Island’, has firmly set itself on the tourism map.
This large, volcanic island is easily accessible and acts as the main gateway to a stunning archipelago. Here you will find some of the best beaches in Madagascar, perfect for some relaxation after exploring the mainland’s countless natural attractions.
Located on the northwest coast, just 8 kilometres off the mainland, the history of the ‘Perfumed Island’ of Nosy Be dates back to the 15th Century when the first Indian and Swahili settlers were thought to have arrived.
Today, the island is a popular spot for tourism with its main draw being its string of beaches, some of which are nearly deserted.
Its highly agreeable climate makes it a good place to visit all year round, although February and March are known to be more humid, with a small risk of cyclone.