Where Natural History Abounds Without Limits

Overview

Isolated from the rest of Africa since the time of the dinosaurs, Madagascar shelters exotic 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 five national parks and reserves, from spiny deserts to rich rainforests. Each day we maximize your experience with your choice of guided hikes, whether a photo-paced ramble, a challenging hike, or an early morning bird walk. You’ll meet wildlife researchers, visit reforestation projects—and even plant a seedling on the famed Avenue of the Baobabs!

Itinerary at a Glance

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

Explore Antananarivo, then head to the photogenic Avenue of the Baobabs to sip Malagasy sundowners and watch the sunset amid these majestic natural monuments, some over 800 years old. We enjoy walks in private Kirindy Forest Reserve, home to many primates, including Verreaux’s sifaka, a host of colorful endemic chameleons, and the elusive fossa.

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Days 5-8
Antsirabe / Ranomafana

In Antsirabe, we visit artisan weaving workshops, then head out for nature walks in pristine Ranomafana National Park, one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. Twelve lemur species have been recorded in this prime rainforest, 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

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, exotic birds, and lemurs of Zombitse-Vohibasia, a rare example of Madagascar’s dry deciduous forest.

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Days 13-16
Andisabe / Lemur Island

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

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Highlights

Highlights

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

Details

Length: 16 days
Cost From: $5895  
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, Cultural Adventures, Walking
Trip Level:

Easy to moderate nature walks, rugged road travel

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