Since flights between Johannesburg and Nosy Be will commence in December, you can now explore the beautiful tropical island in Madagascar. It has been reported that Airlink will operate a seasonal schedule on this route. There will be one flight per week, continuing for six to eight weeks, starting 13 December.
Nosy Be sounds like a strange name, but it simply means “big island” and it is just that, a large island off the northwest coast of Madagascar. It is situated in the Mozambique Channel, eight kilometres off the coast of Madagascar, and it is Madagascar’s largest and most popular tourist resort.
On this island you’ll find volcanic lakes, lazy lemurs, rum distilleries, Ylang Ylang plantations and intricate coral reefs that are practically begging to be explored. The highest peak on the island is Mont Lokobe, which rises to 450 metres above sea level.
The main town on the island is called Andoany, however, there are smaller islands near Nosy Be, including Nosy Komba, Nosy Mitsio, Nosy Sakatia and Nosy Tanikely.
Nosy Be has a tropical monsoon climate that is quite humid in the peak summer months from December to February. The wet season lasts from October until the beginning of May. Daytime temperatures are quite steady throughout the year, at around 30 degrees Celsius. Nighttime temperatures are slightly cooler, at around 20 degrees Celsius.
Visas are required for South African passport-holders entering Madagascar. Short stay tourist visas are issued to South Africans on arrival. It is the most developed tourism destination in Madagascar and is the only place in the country where all-inclusive resorts can be found.
Flora and fauna lovers will be in seventh heaven at the beautiful Lokobe Nature Special Reserve and Audiophiles should visit in May, to experience the four-day Donia Music Festival.
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