Where Natural History Abounds Without Limits

Overview

Isolated from Africa since the time of the dinosaurs, Madagascar shelters exotic life forms found nowhere else on earth, from captivating lemurs (over 100 species) to wildly colorful chameleons that range from thumbnail-sized to two feet long! We bring you into five diverse national parks and reserves, from deserts to rainforests, and maximize your experience each day with your choice of guided hikes, whether you want a photo-paced ramble, a challenging hike, or an early morning bird walk to hear the dawn chorus. You won’t find a more comprehensive Madagascar journey anywhere else!

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-4
Antananarivo / Avenue of the Baobabs / Kirindy Forest

Explore Antananarivo, then head to the famously photogenic Avenue of the Baobabs to sip Malagasy sundowners and watch sunset amid these majestic trees. We also enjoy walks in remote Kirindy Forest Reserve, home to Verreaux’s sifaka lemur and colorful endemic chameleons.

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Days 5-8
Antsirabe / Ranomafana

In Antsirabe, we visit artisan workshops, then head out for hikes and nature walks in pristine Ranomafana National Park, home to 12 lemur species including the rare golden bamboo lemur. On one evening here, we enjoy a private talk with a wildlife researcher.

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Days 9-12
Anja / Isalo / Zombitse-Vohibasia

We get eye to eye with the friendly ring-tailed lemurs at community-run Anja Reserve, hike in the sandstone gorges of Isalo National Park, and enjoy the baobabs, birds, and lemurs of Zombitse-Vohibasia Park, a rare example of Madagascar’s dry deciduous forest.

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Days 13-16
Andisabe (Perinet) / Lemur Island

Our grand finale is Andisabe (Perinet) National Park, a vibrant rainforest teeming with exotic birdlife, colorful reptiles such as the two-foot-long Parson’s chameleon, and home to the famous Indri indri, the largest species of lemur. Depart on Day 16 via Antananarivo.

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Highlights

Highlights

Choice of hiking options, fascinating night walks, early morning walks for birders
Outstanding Malagasy Trip Leaders
Extra local naturalist guides at each park so you can choose from a range of hiking options
Visit local villages and a reforestation project, and sample traditional Malagasy cuisine
Comfortable AC vehicles with guaranteed window seats
Extensions include Ankarana park, South Africa game viewing, Rwanda gorilla tracking

Details

Length: 16 days
Cost From: $5695  
Arrive: Antananarivo, Madagascar
Depart: Antananarivo, Madagascar
Lodging: 15 nights hotels and wildlife lodges
Meals: All meals included except 1 dinner (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Wildlife & Natural History
Trip Level:

Easy to moderate nature walks, rugged road travel

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