Michel Rakotonirina

Michel Rakotonirina was raised in Antananarivo and studied natural history and conservation at the capital’s American and British Cultural Center from 1972 to 1975. He began working as a professional Trip Leader in 1975, guiding a team for BBC’s Life on Earth program and later guiding for crews filming nature documentaries in Madagascar, including teams from National Geographic and Britain’s Survival Anglia. Michel is one of Madagascar’s senior guides and is extremely knowledgeable about the local flora and fauna. He speaks fluent English.

Upcoming Trips: TBA

Past Trips:

Magical Madagascar, September 9-21, 2012
Magical Madagascar, September 15-27, 2013
Magical Madagascar, September 14-26, 2014

Client Testimonials:


Michel was fantastic! He was fun to travel with, full of knowledge, and made sure we were well taken care of. Jennifer R., Fort Lauderdale, FL
Magical Madagascar
Michael is thoughtful, caring, respectful, and extremely hardworking. He is excellent with logistics, timing, relationships with staff at the airports and hotels that result in an enhanced experience. Kerrie M., Capitola, CA
Magical Madagascar