Located in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Southeast Africa, Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world. As the indigenous flora and fauna have evolved due to remote isolation, 90% of its wildlife can be found nowhere else on Earth. Although being vastly diverse in its ecosystem, it remains largely unspoilt as this island still remains a relatively undiscovered holiday destination. Madagascar’s national animal is the ring-tailed lemur, but other endemic species such as chameleons and frogs are all just some of the distinct wildlife in this part of the globe. The natural landscape is extremely diverse with rainforest and desert being only within 300km away. There are rolling mountain tops, rice paddies and forests of every kind. The Malagasy people are descended from Africans and Indonesians who settled on the island thousands of years ago. There is a Malay minority population found on the east coast of the island, having immigrated in the 14th century alongside other Indians and Arab merchants. The Malagasy language shares certain linguistic similarities with the Indonesian Malay language. The Malagasy have unique traditions such as the ‘famadihana’ which is the exhumation and reburial of the deceased which visitors can attend and bear witness to.