Africa and Indian Ocean


The Essential
Its exceptional biodiversity and stunning landscapes make the large island of Madagascar, just off the African coast, a unique destination.Explore by car along the N7, by train between Fianarantsoa and Manakara, or by boat along the Canal des Pangalanes: all three options will introduce you to the rhythms of Madagascan life and take you through the superb scenery between the central highlands and the arid south. Follow the Allée des Baobabs or simply take a stroll through the Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, with its unique limestone peaks, or explore the vast primary forest of the Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, home to the Indri lemur. Enjoy the coast with its superb sea life and idyllic beaches: Île Sainte-Marie, Île aux Nattes and Nosy Be. And don't miss the Masoala peninsula where humpback whales come to breed just off the coast. Finally, don't leave the island without visiting the Ankarana reserve, where you can admire the royal tombs of Antakarana; the royal city of Antananarivo, the capital; and the palace of Andafiararatra, with its rich collections of Rova art. Madagascar truly is a stunning island full of treasures!

Must see

Michelin's recommendations for Madagascar

Fianarantsoa-Manakara by train Fianarantsoa-Manakara by train
Fianarantsoa-Manakara by train
Nattes Island Nattes Island
Nattes Island
Nosy Be Nosy Be
Nosy Be
Baobab Alley Baobab Alley
Baobab Alley
Sainte Luce Bay and Lokaro Bay Sainte Luce Bay and Lokaro Bay
Sainte Luce Bay and Lokaro Bay
Islands offshore from Nosy Be Islands offshore from Nosy Be
Islands offshore from Nosy Be

Our reports

Cocoa from Madagascar

Thanks to cocoa, the north of the Republic of Madagascar has escaped the catastrophic deforestation that continues to ravage the Red Island of the Indian Ocean. The plains of the north, especially the north-west, are covered with cacao trees that reach up to twelve metres high.