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Isalo National Park Extension

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
The Window of Isalo

From Antananarivo, transfer to the airport and fly to Tulear on the southwestern coast of Madagascar. On arrival, you are met for a drive to Isalo National Park, with a sunset photo-stop en route at the Window of Isalo, where the sun sets through a naturally formed “window” in the rock. Dinner and overnight at Jardin du Roy Lodge...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 ring-tailed 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, endemic plants, and the culture and customs of the Bara tribe. Meals and overnight are at Jardin du Roy Lodge...BLD

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Day 3
Isalo National Park

We have an easy morning hike to the Piscine Naturelle, a refreshing natural pool surrounded by leafy pandanus trees. Return to the Jardin du Roy Lodge for dinner and overnight...BLD

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Day 4
Spiny Forest Arboretum / Tana

We drive back to Tulear, stopping 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 Releais des Plateau (conveniently located near the airport). Dinner is on your own this evening...BL

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Day 5

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


Length: 5 days
Cost From: $2990  
Arrive: Antananarivo, Madagascar
Depart: Antananarivo, Madagascar
Lodging: 3 nights lodge, 1 night hotel
Meals: Meals as indicated
Activity: Wildlife and 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).