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.
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
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
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
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 Hotel Colbert for overnight. Dinner on your own...BL
Transfer to the airport for departure on homeward-bound flight...B
3 nights lodge, 1 night hotel
Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Wildlife & Natural History, Walking
Easy day hikes, wildlife watching
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).