Starting with the Parc National d’Andasibe Mantadia (also known as Périnet), the Eastern part of the country is a treasure trove of flora and fauna, landscapes and climates. Perinet offers exceptional lemur viewing, with over 14 species, and it is one of the few places where you can see the largest of the species – the indri.
At the coast, the Canal des Pangalanes is a fascinating insight into Malagasy life. As you drift down the vibrant waterway you’ll spot fishermen and their traps, washerwomen, cattle, children playing and many many birds. The Palmarium Reserve sits on the riverbank and whilst the accommodation is basic there is a glorious feeling of intrepid adventure about the place. It is, therefore, a must for those looking to ‘rough it’ for a few days.
Beach-life in the East: Ile Sainte Marie, once a favourite spot to attack, amongst marauders, is now a warm and welcoming tropical idyll. It is a fantastic destination for humpback whale watching from July to September and both kite surfing and diving are on offer here too. But for those that simply want to relax with a book, the palm-fringed beaches are stunning. To its south is the smaller island of Ile aux Nattes which is a peaceful haven thanks to being car-free and works perfectly in combination with time on the main island.