This is a land where nature chose a different path from the rest of the world when it split off from Africa 65 million years ago. Here, one can find the world's most ancient primates, the lemurs, of which at least 40 species fill interesting niches from the forest floor to the canopy. Many other endemic species can also be found here, including almost 9,000 plants, 119 birds, 155 frogs, and over half of the world’s chameleon species.

If you’re interested in the remote islands of the world, Abercombie and Kent includes Madagascar on their “Around the World” private jet tour, which starts in Miami, ends in Monaco, and touches down along the way in places like the Amazon, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, and Easter Island.