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The Republic of Madagascar (formerly known as Malagasy Republic) is an island nation in the Indian Ocean, off the southeastern coast of Africa. The island is the fourth largest in the world, and is home to 5% of the world's plant and animal species (more than 80% of which are indigenous to Madagascar). The country's teeming fertile forests and geographical isolation have served to preserve and propagate 'nature's design laboratory' in a mix found nowhere else on earth. Most notable are the lemur infraorder of primates, the carnivorous fossa, three endemic bird families and six endemic baobab species.

Madagascar is a beautiful island, ringed by golden beaches and palm trees, and with an interior that is resplendent in its variety, from grassy plateaus to volcanoes and opaque forests and natural reserves. However, there's more for visitors to do here than laze on a sandy beach and dip into crystalline waters to peek at coral reefs now and again. Cut off from the African mainland for millions of years, Madagascar's forests are a naturalist's paradise; they've preserved oddities and developed specialisations found nowhere else on earth.

With fascinating tribal cultures and ceremonies and an intriguing assortment of fady (local taboos) thrown in to perplex visitors, Madagascar makes for a truly rewarding experience.

Map of Madagascar