The island is one of the  world’s most biologically  diverse areas, with many  endemic species. More  than half of the island’s  breeding birds are  endemic. Other endemic  species include the Red-  bellied Lemur, the Indri,  and the Aye-aye It is  internationally  renowned as a wildlife  tourism and ecotourism  destination, focusing on lemurs, birds, and orchids.The Indri is the largest lemur species.]One of the best places to observe the Indri is the Analamazoatra Reserve (also known as Périnet), four hours away from the capital. The presence of the Indri has helped to make the Analamazoatra Reserve one of Madagascar’s most popular tourist attractions. One family group of Indri in the park is habituated to humans and are thus easy for tourists to observe



Antananarivo, Madagascar’s capital city.
312,000 tourists visited Madagascar in 2006. Since 1990, the number of tourists in the country has grown at an average rate of 11% each year. Highly educated people who are interested in the country’s botany, lemurs, birds or natural history also make up a large part of its visitors. These visitors often travel as part of a tour and stay in the country for a long period of time.
There is growing interest in the country as a tourist destination. The country has beautiful landscapes and the cultural resources to support tourism. These resources provide many opportunities for the development of both ecotourism and resort based tourism.















Ile Ste Marie also known as Nosy Baraha is a narrow island located off the east coast of MadagascarIs characterised by its stunning natural beauty. The channel between Sainte-Marie island and Madagascar is a hot spot for whale watching. Substantial groups of humpback whales (Megaptera) migrate from the Antarctic to this idyllic breeding place. These quiet giants find conditions here that are favourable for the growth of their young and well suited to their courtship and acrobatic games before their big return toward the cold seas.