Natural History and Leaping Lemurs

Overview

Watching lemurs leap from tree to tree or dance across your footpath is just one of the natural history delights awaiting you in Madagascar. On this huge island-nation, four out of five of the plant and animal species are found nowhere else on the planet, including charismatic lemurs (more than 100 species!) and exotic chameleons. With your superb naturalist Trip Leader to unlock Madagascar’s secrets, hike the best trails in a dazzling array of wildlife reserves, including the magical cloud forest of Ranomafana, the surreal limestone landscapes of Isalo, Kirindy Forest, with its amazing nocturnal creatures, and world-famous Andisabe (Perinet), where the haunting songs of the Indri indri, a black-and-white lemur, carry for miles across lush primary rainforest. If you’re a nature lover, this trip is a must!

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-6
Antananarivo / Antsirabe / Ranomafana National Park

Explore the capital, with lunch in a private home, visit artisan workshops in Antsirabe, then head to Ranomafana for two exciting days of hiking in the rainforest home of 12 species of lemurs including the rare golden bamboo lemur. On one evening, you’ll enjoy a private talk and dinner with a wildlife researcher.

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Days 7-10
Anja / Isalo National Park / Zombitse-Vohibasia

Community-run Anja Reserve is an ideal place to get eye-to-eye with ring-tailed lemurs, and you’ll set out for hikes in the dramatic sandstone canyons of Isalo. A day in Zombitse-Vohibasia National Park is a chance to explore Madagascar’s dry deciduous forest, with its high levels of biodiversity (and great birding!).

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Days 11-13
Avenue of the Baobabs / Kirindy Forest

In the photogenic Avenue of the Baobabs, you’ll sip a Malagasy sundowner at sunset, then head to remote Kirindy Forest, the best place for night walks with nocturnal species such as the rare Coquerel’s giant mouse-lemur and pygmy mouse-lemur.

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Days 14-16
Andisabe National Park (Perinet) / Lemur Island

In the eastern rainforests, hike in lush montane landscapes, with their wealth of fern and orchid species, fantastic birdlife, and colorful reptiles including huge Parson’s chameleons. You’ll also listen to the call of black-and-white indri lemurs and visit private Lemur Island. Depart on Day 16 via Antananarivo.

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Explore the Seychelles!

Combine your Madagascar adventure with an enchanting 8-day Seychelles Cruise in the Garden of Eden! Weekly departures year-round. Please call for details as this is a popular cruise and early booking is highly recommended.

Highlights

Highlights

Phenomenal Malagasy Trip Leaders whose insider knowledge brings you the best wildlife experiences
Hikes in five national parks and reserves, fascinating night walks, and special early morning walks for birders
Private dinner with wildlife researcher
Cozy lodges chosen for their proximity to wildlife reserves
Extra local guides at each park for avid photographers and easier hiking options
Comfortable A/C vehicle with guaranteed window seats
Optional extension to Ankarana and Amber parks

Details

Length: 16 days
Cost From: $5495  
Arrive: Antananarivo, Madagascar
Depart: Antananarivo, Madagascar
Lodging: 15 nights hotels and wildlife lodges
Meals: All meals included except 1 dinner
Activity: Wildlife & Natural History
Trip Level:

Easy to moderate nature walks, rugged road travel

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