- KuDeTa15 rue de la Reunion | Isoraka, Antananarivo 101, Madagascarrecommended KuDeTaWonderful French cuisine in a charming, old world setting. Great for lunch, even better for dinner and drinks. At night the restaurant takes on a somewhat pub-like vibe. If there is such a thing as a ... read moreFrench pub? Anyway, great place to grab a beer, watch a rugby match, and mix with an international crowd.Arlo Hemphill
For a good pre-adventure meal and drinks, check out KuDeTa while you're in Tana. There's a pretty good diversity of restaurants and nightlife there, but this was my favorite.
- Avenue of the BaobabsRN 35, Morondava, Madagascarrecommended Avenue of the BaobabsPossibly the single most beautiful stretch of backcountry road in the world. The Avenue of the Baobabs is exactly what it sounds like - a street with giant baobabs alongside it in every direction. ... read moreIt's kind of in the middle of nowhere, so you usually have to make a trip specifically to see it, unless you are en route to or from Morondava or a nearby park. I recommend going at sunrise or sunset as the light plays off the trunks of the trees, making for fantastic photography opportunities. There are some local kids that hang out in the area and will beg to be in your photos or to sell you stuff. Be warned that they are expecting payment if you do take a picture of or with them. However, they are not dangerous and if you'd prefer to be left alone, ignoring them goes a long way... Also, if you are in this area, there is a very nice dry forest reserve in close vicinity that has a bunch of lemur species you are unlikely to see elsewhere. I was there in the middle of the dry season and had the rare opportunity to see not one, but two fossas (Madagascar's cat-like top predator)!! They were attracted to the garbage pile at the reserve, but in the wet season would never show themselves as there is plenty of food elsewhere.Arlo Hemphill
This is one of the most beautiful, otherworldly features in all of Madagascar. It's also literally in the middle of nowhere. However, the stark contrast of this dry region with that of the wet highlands makes this a worthwhile venture. Not to mention, there are some great dry forest reserves and good beaches nearby.
recommended Andasibe-Mantadia National ParkFantastic, other-worldly forest that's easily accessible from Tana. Seeing the indri and hearing their ghostly calls was perhaps the highlight, but I equally enjoyed seeing all of the various ... read morechameleons, other lemur species, and having the first hand lemur contact at Lemur Island. My only complaint is that I feel like I only scratched the surface of this place. I could spend years exploring it's diversity and wild places!Arlo Hemphill
Andasibe is a good place to start as it's well protecting, brimming with wildlife and super convenient to Tana (short for Antananarivo, the capital). This is in the rainforested zone of the country and there are a number of one of a kinds to be seen here, including the enigmatic indri. Amazing place.