The Republic of Madagascar is around 400km off the east coast of Africa. It is believed that around 160 million years ago it separated from the African main land.
While Madagascar is home to some astounding beaches, it is a lot more than a vacation hotspot. The island is famous for its diversity of fauna and flora, with over 200,000 species that are endemic to Madagascar and a good number of them are endangered. While they may have been immortalized by the Disney film, the real wildlife in Madagascar is far more wondrous than anything computer animation can come up with.
It is inhabited by the Malagasy people who originally came from Polynesia and are surprisingly more identical in their culture and customs to Asia than Africa.