Madagascar Island

Madagascar is an off-the-beaten-track island best-known for its cartoon-like lemurs, powdery beaches, giant Baobab trees, verdant rainforests, and rich culture. As the largest Indian Ocean island, there's lots to see, many of which are found nowhere else on the planet.

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Wildly Exotic Madagascar Island

For the traveller who is looking for something truly unique, there's no place on earth like Madagascar. This island is a whole new world, with rainforests, stretches of beaches, a warm, clear ocean, and remarkable biodiversity. However, the stars of the Madagascan show are the curious creatures calling this island home, from the comedic lemurs swinging from trees to the sea turtles paddling along underwater.

Madagascar is a melting pot of culture, unique wildlife, diverse landscapes, ethnic spices, and exotic cuisines. In fact, in this wild world of its own, you can feast at incredible restaurants – but without the price tag you'd expect! This beautiful island destination will delight adventurers and beach bums alike with something that will tickle everyone's fancy.

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All Your Burning Questions Answered

How gay-friendly is Madagascar?

Madagascar is very gay-friendly for adults. It's legal to be gay in the country, provided that you are 21 years or older. If you are younger, you face a prison sentence or hefty fine. Same-sex marriage is not recognised, and the law does not outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation. However, tourists over the age of 21 years of age in designated tourists areas are generally left to do as they please. It's important to note that, even though it's legal to be gay when you are older than 21, residents might still not be as accepting when you are out in public.

Is Madagascar safe for gay couples?

Absolutely. As long as you book with the right travel consultant who will communicate your preferences with the service providers, you can enjoy a wonderful holiday as a couple of Madagascar. However, we always suggest that you limit PDA when you are among locals in public areas to be safe. In tourist areas, you can most certainly do as you please! When booking with Out2Africa, we'll ensure that you have the best gay-friendly and memorable holiday!

Which gay-friendly destinations should I pair with Madagascar?

Want to add another island stop-over? Madagascar is ideally located, with the Mozambique coastline just a hop, skip and jump away. The other Indian Ocean Islands like Seychelles, Mauritius and Maldives are also nearby, so you can island-hop as much as you like! As a gay traveller, you also have to visit the gay capital of Cape Town in South Africa and visit Kruger National Park or Botswana for a Big 5 safari. It's also easy to add a stop-over in East Africa for gorilla trekking in Rwanda or witnessing the Great Migration in Kenya or Tanzania. In fact, wherever you want to go in Africa or the Indian Ocean Islands, we'll do our best to make it happen!

What are the best gay-friendly experiences in Madagascar?

There's so much to see and do in Madagascar, but we've listed a handful of our favourites below. 

  1. See Unique Wildlife at National Parks
    Visiting the island's many national parks should be at the top of your list. Here you'll see the many endemic species found nowhere else on earth! This includes the various lemur species made famous by the Dreamworks cartoon movie Madagascar.
  2. Visit the Avenue of Giant Baobabs
    A trip to this mini continent is also not complete without seeing the ""Tree of Life"" Baobab trees, often referenced in African folklore. The famous avenue of Baobab trees is located in western Madagascar on the Morondava - Belon'i Tsiribihina dirt road.
  3. Explore the Local Culture at Antananarivo City
    If you want to delve deeper into the local culture, Antananarivo city gives you access to a medley of museums, galleries, impressive architecture, and open-air stalls. If you want something a bit more lah-di-dah, there are several French fine dining restaurants.
  4. Scuba Dive at Nosy Be
    You'll have plenty of opportunities to scuba dive with incredible reefs and diverse marine species. Nosy Be is famous for diving, and you will get to see dolphins, manta rays, turtles, sharks, whales, and much more.
  5. Explore Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park 
    You simply must see this pre-historic plateau of jagged landscape, dense forest, and more. It will take your breath away.

What are the gay-friendly accommodation options in Madagascar?

From a lodge in the middle of the rainforest to a luxury hotel or villa right on the beach, there are many options to give you a different perspective of the island. When you book with Out2Africa, we'll put you in the best places to experience the cream of the crop experiences Madagascar has to offer.


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