Dhow floating off Nosy Be, Madagascar
Dhow floating off Nosy Be, Madagascar
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Who wants to contend with big-city stresses on holiday? The Madagascan island of Nosy Be, just four hours from Joburg, offers you the crystal-clear, warm waters, pristine white beaches, and rich local culture that you’d expect from other, busier tropical holiday destinations, but with much less tourist traffic.

Nosy Be has something for everyone. If you like to keep busy while on a break, pack your scuba-diving equipment and your underwater camera to make the most of the clear Madagascan waters. Keep up your step count by exploring the island’s many coffee, cocoa and vanilla plantations, while breathing in the sweet-smelling air scented by the island’s indigenous ylang-ylang flowers.

Lemurs are mystical animals in the local Malagasy culture.
Lemurs are mystical animals in the local Malagasy culture.
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Adding the port city of Andoany to your itinerary for the day is highly recommended. Beautiful, original, and sensitively restored colonial buildings hark back to the age of exploration. The local markets will seduce you with delicious seafood and vibrant tropical fruit salads. You can’t leave Nosy Be without sampling the local rum, so visit the local distillery to find out about the fascinating history behind this spirit, and how it has defined the local culture through trade and commerce.

If you’re struggling to commit to a choice of accommodation for your stay, Airlink’s recommendations include Hotel Clair de Lune or The Residence, each offering intimate, luxurious private bungalows or villas, allowing you to enjoy the peace, relaxation, and seclusion that you deserve.

Now is the perfect time to book your much-needed end-of-year holiday. Why look further than Nosy Be?


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