Rugged Landscapes, Lemurs, and More!


Explore Isalo National Park, with its grassy plains surrounded by eroded sandstone massifs that have been sculpted by wind and water into wonderfully weird forms—reminiscent of the landscapes of the American Southwest. This rugged area shelters 14 nocturnal lemurs as well as ring-tailed lemurs, brown lemurs, sifakas, and some 80 species of birds.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Tulear / Isalo National Park

From Antananarivo, transfer to the airport and fly to Tulear on the southwestern coast of Madagascar. On arrival, transfer to Isalo National Park, with a sunset photo-stop en route at the Window of the Isalo, where the sun sets through a naturally formed “window” in the rock...BLD

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Day 2
Isalo National Park

After a visit to the national park office, we arrive at the entrance to Canyon Namaza for a picturesque hike up to Cascade des Nymphes, where a spectacular hidden waterfall cascades into an emerald-green pool. On return, enjoy a picnic and a photo session with ringtail lemurs near the park entrance. The afternoon is at leisure or we can visit the park’s museum, with its excellent displays of the geologic formations and endemic plants...BLD

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Day 3
Isalo National Park

Depart early this morning for the Piscine Naturelle, an easy hike to a refreshing natural pool surrounded by leafy pandanus trees. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight...BLD

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Day 4
Tulear / Antananarivo / Depart

Drive back to Tulear, with a stop en route at the Arboretum d’Antsokay, with its comprehensive array of spiny forest plants, birds, radiated tortoises, and possibly a lemur or two. Fly to Antananarivo and transfer to the Relais de Plateaux Hotel for overnight. Dinner on your own...BL

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Day 5

Transfer to the airport for departure on homeward-bound flight...B


Length: 5 days
Cost From: $2090  
Arrive: Antananarivo, Madagascar
Depart: Antananarivo, Madagascar
Lodging: 3 nights lodge, 1 night hotel
Meals: Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Wildlife & Natural History, Walking
Trip Level:

Easy day hikes, wildlife watching

Visa Requirements

A visa is required for U.S. citizens visiting Madagascar. You can obtain your visa on arrival (if you are staying fewer than 30 days).