Madagascar: Off the Beaten Path

Where Natural History Abounds Without Limits


Madagascar's Most Comprehensive Itinerary — With ample time to explore parks and encounter endemic wildlife.

Avenue of the Baobabs — We visit both at sunrise and in the afternoon, so you can get great photos of these magnificent trees.

Rare Wildlife Experiences — Our expert local guides know where to find rare birds, chameleons, lemurs, and other endemic species.

Participate in Cultural Activities — Visit a school; travel to a fishing village; talk with weavers, wood carvers and paper makers.

Flexible Hiking and Photo Options — Choose from challenging hikes, leisurely photo walks, early morning birding outings, night walks.

Expert Trip Leaders — Experienced Malagasy naturalists who delight in sharing their perspectives and environmental understanding.


Isolated from mainland Africa since the time of the dinosaurs, Madagascar shelters life forms found nowhere else, including more than 100 species of lemur and wildly colorful chameleons ranging from thumbnail-sized to two feet long. In this treasure trove of nature, we bring you into seven national parks, and from sandstone canyons to mountainous rainforests. We maximize your experience with a choice of guided walks each day, whether a photo-paced ramble or an invigorating hike. You’ll hear the haunting calls of the “singing indri” deep in the forest, meet wildlife researchers, visit reforestation projects—and even plant a seedling on the famed Avenue of the Baobabs!

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-5
Antananarivo / Andasibe / Lemur Island

We explore “Tana,” the capital, then head to Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, a rainforest reserve created to protect the indri, the largest living lemur species, whose treetop calls carry for miles. Common brown lemurs, grey bamboo lemurs, and woolly lemurs are also found here. One of our visits is to Lemur Island, a sanctuary for orphaned lemurs.

Hotel Carlton
Antananarivo, Madagascar
Day 1 (1 night), Day 5 (1 night), Day 14 (1 night)
Mantadia Lodge
Andasibe National Park, Madagascar
Days 2 to 4 (3 nights)
Days 6-7
Avenue of the Baobabs / Kirindy Reserve

Flying by private charter to seaside Morondava, we visit the Avenue of the Baobabs. Here we plant a seedling and sip Malagasy sundowners as the sun sets over these majestic natural monuments, some more than 800 years old. In Kirindy Reserve, we look for the elusive cat-like fossa, a host of endemic chameleons, and primates including Verreaux’s sifaka.

Hotel Palissandre Cote Ouest
Morondava, Madagascar
Days 6 to 7 (2 nights)
Days 8-10
Ranomafana Rainforest

By private charter flight and by road, we head into stunning Ranomafana National Park, one of the most biodiverse rainforests on the planet. Twelve lemur species have been recorded here, including the rare golden bamboo lemur. One evening, we enjoy a private talk with a wildlife researcher.

Hotel Thermal
Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar
Days 8 to 10 (3 nights)
Days 11-15
Anja / Isalo / Antsokay Arboretum

We’ll get eye to eye with the ring-tailed lemurs at community-run Anja Reserve, hike in the sandstone gorges of Isalo National Park, and a stop at the Antsokay Arboretum, with its display of Madagascar’s southern flora, including vegetation from the spiny forest. Depart on Day 15 via Antananarivo.

Hotel Le Jardin Du Roy
Isalo National Park, Madagascar
Days 11 to 13 (3 nights)
Hotel Carlton
Antananarivo, Madagascar
Day 14 (1 night)



Choice of hiking options and early morning birding outings
Outstanding Trip Leaders, extra local naturalist guides at each park
Sunset at Avenue of the Baobabs
Fly on two private charters to maximize time in parks
Visit local school, sample traditional Malagasy cuisine


Length: 15 days
Cost From: $7695  
Arrive: Antananarivo, Madagascar
Depart: Antananarivo, Madagascar
Lodging: 14 nights hotels and wildlife lodges
Meals: All meals included except 1 dinner as indicated in the Detailed Itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Wildlife and Natural History, Cultural Adventures, Walking
Trip Level:

Easy to moderate nature walks, rugged road travel

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