1. Avenue de Baobabs – The native tree of Madagascar, the Baobas treem, are a unique site and avenue Baobabs is the place to see them. Located on the west coast by Morondava down a dusty trail.
2. Morondava’s Nosy Kelly Peninsula – The perfect place to unwind.There are heaps of good accoms on the beach which is the perfect place to sip cocktails.
3. Antsirabe – good central location, walk the town, drink with the locals down by the lake.
4. Ranomafana National Park – good guides, plenty accoms at the villages, good range of Lemurs
5. Ambalavao – great buildings from the colonial era, unreal cattle market on Wednesdays
6. Anja Park south of Ambalavao – an intense ringed lemur experience
7. Isalo National Park, stay in Ranohira – good canyon walks, wonderful swimming holes
8. This is a country of over 20 million, with 70% trying to scratch a living from the land. Consequently much forest has been cleared and brick-making from the soils is ubiquitous. Before you condemn them for the lack of conservation, appreciate the issue they face trying to feed that many people. The central backbone of national parks and green belt is where you get your fauna and flora fix. In large part the forest people have been displaced as the forest has been pared back. Madagascar’s dilemma is supporting 20 million people without totally destroying its forestland. It is struggling.
9. Antananarivo, the capital – big bustling and a must do.
10. Andasibe-Mantadia National Park – east of Antananarivo – more intense flora and fauna experiences.