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Stat alert: a whopping 80% of the flora and fauna in Madagascar isn’t found anywhere else on the planet.
This will certainly be the most original safari holiday you'll ever go on. A Madagascar safari couldn't be more different than those in other African nations; while you won't see the big game typified by safaris in neighbouring countries, you will see a hugely diverse array of wildlife spread across the verdant landscape. And the star attraction? Lemurs, lemurs and more lemurs. They vary greatly from North to South and East so where you are in the country will determine which breeds you see. As well as this, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for chameleons, birds and myriad creepy crawlies.
Amber National Park in the north of the country is a must-visit for any safari-goers; it is home to eight different types of lemur, 11 types of chameleon and 75 breeds of bird. To the south is Spiny Forest, a unique eco-region in which 95% of the plant life is endemic. It also features three distinctive endemic mammals; the white-footed sportive lemur, Grandidier's mongoose and the grey-brown mouse lemur. Needless to say any Madagascar safari will be jam-packed with incredible wildlife experiences. Perhaps the best thing about Madagascar, however, is that the flora and fauna is literally at your finger tips - combine a guided safari with some of your own exploration. Forget night-drives, head out in the evening with just a head torch and your own two feet to see the phosphorescent glow of a sleeping chameleon and, you guessed it, more lemurs!
Madagascar also makes for the perfect beach and bush combination. Having explored the country's flora and fauna, head to the immaculate beach retreats of the north west and indulge in some well-earned R&R.