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Madagascar Tours & Safari Packages

There is no other place like Madagascar. That might sound like brochure talk, but it is true. Madagascar is unique. Of roughly 200,000 known animal species found in Madagascar, 150,000 are endemic, meaning they occur nowhere else in the world. The same applies to the island’s weird and wonderful flora. How this incredible biodiversity came about is much up for debate. But there is nothing debatable about the sense of wonder one experiences when setting foot on this magnificently intriguing country, often referred to as the eighth continent.

11-Day Madagascar Family Adventure Tour

11-Day Madagascar Family Adventure Tour

$7,655 to $8,420 pp (USD)

Madagascar: Private tour Mid-range Lodge & Resort

You Visit: Antananarivo (Start) , Andasibe-Mantadia NP, Morondava (Town) , Kirindy Forest, Anjajavy Reserve, Antananarivo (End)

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4.8 /5  –  152 Reviews

12-Day Andasibe - Palmarium - Sainte - Marie

12-Day Andasibe - Palmarium - Sainte - Marie

$1,868 pp (USD)

Madagascar: Shared tour (max 60 people per vehicle) Mid-range Lodge & Hotel

You Visit: Antananarivo (Start) , Andasibe-Mantadia NP, Palmarium Reserve, Mahambo (Town) , Nosy Boraha, Ivato Airport (Antananarivo) , Antananarivo (End)

Soul Of Madagascar Tours   Tour operator has an office in Madagascar

5.0 /5  –  18 Reviews

11-Day The Classic South

11-Day The Classic South

$2,402 pp (USD)

Madagascar: Shared tour (max 12 people per vehicle) Mid-range Lodge & Hotel

You Visit: Antananarivo (Start) , Antsirabe (City) , Ranomafana NP, Isalo NP, Ifaty (Town & Beach) , Antananarivo (End)

Malagasya Travel   Tour operator has an office in Madagascar

4.8 /5  –  13 Reviews

12-Day Madagascar 1000 Views Tour

12-Day Madagascar 1000 Views Tour

$3,135 pp (USD)

Madagascar: Private tour Budget Lodge & Hotel

You Visit: Antananarivo (Start) , Andasibe-Mantadia NP, Andasibe-Mantadia NP, Antsirabe (City) , Ranomafana NP, Isalo NP, Isalo NP, Ifaty (Town & Beach) , Antananarivo (End)

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5.0 /5  –  220 Reviews

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7-Day Nature and Little Paradise

$993 pp (USD)

Madagascar: Shared tour (max 15 people per vehicle) Mid-range Guest House & Hotel

You Visit: Antananarivo (Start) , Andasibe-Mantadia NP, Palmarium Reserve, Antananarivo (End)

Go Travel Madagascar   Tour operator has an office in Madagascar

5.0 /5  –  1 Reviews

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8-Day Trip from Antananarivo to Morondava & Tsingy

$1,665 to $1,903 pp (USD)

Madagascar: Private tour Mid-range Hotel

You Visit: Antananarivo (Start) , Miandrivazo (Town) , Morondava (Town) , Allee Des Baobabs (Highlight) , Bemaraha NP, Antsirabe (City) , Ampefy (Village) , Antananarivo (End)

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6-Day Time + Tide Miavana

$4,070 pp (USD)

Madagascar: Private tour Luxury+ Resort

You Visit: Antsiranana (Start) , Nosy Ankao, Antsiranana (End)

East Cape Tours

5.0 /5  –  61 Reviews

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12-Day Classic Madagascar Tour

$10,203 to $12,486 pp (USD)

Madagascar: Private tour Mid-range Lodge & Tented Camp

You Visit: Antananarivo (Start) , Andasibe-Mantadia NP, Fort Dauphin (Town) , Masoala NP, Antananarivo (End)

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18-Day Baobab Avenue-Kirindy-Tsingy -Isalo-Ranomafana

$2,970 pp (USD)

You Visit: Antananarivo (Start) , Antsirabe (City) , Morondava (Town) , Bekopaka (Town) , Bemaraha NP, Belo sur Mer (Town & Beach) , Morombe (Town) , Ambatomilo (Village) , Salary Bay (Beach) , Ifaty (Town & Beach) , Isalo NP, Ranomafana NP, Antananarivo (End)

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15-Day Adventure and Beach

$2,670 pp (USD)

Madagascar: Shared tour (max 20 people per vehicle) Mid-range Lodge & Hotel

You Visit: Antananarivo (Start) , Ankafobe Reserve, Antsirabe (City) , Fianarantsoa (City) , Isalo NP, Ambalavao (City) , Nosy Be, Antananarivo (End)

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8-Day Trekking - in the Ridges and Canyons of Isalo

$1,148 pp (USD)

Madagascar: Private tour Budget Camping & Guest House

You Visit: Antananarivo (Start) , Antsirabe (City) , Fianarantsoa (City) , Ranohira (Town) , Isalo NP, Ambositra (City) , Antananarivo (End)

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9-Day Unique Adventure Trip from Antananarivo to Tulear

$1,784 pp (USD)

You Visit: Antananarivo (Start) , Antsirabe (City) , Ranohira (Town) , Toliara (City) , Anakao (Town & Beach) , Isalo NP, Antananarivo (End)

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6-Day Madagascar Adventure & Beach Honeymoon

$4,974 to $5,994 pp (USD)

Madagascar: Private tour Luxury Resort & Guest House

You Visit: Antananarivo (Start) , Anjajavy Reserve, Antananarivo (End)

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15-Day Tired of Staying Home - Discover Madagascar

$2,895 pp (USD)

Madagascar: Shared tour (max 8 people per vehicle) Mid-range Lodge & Hotel

You Visit: Antananarivo (Start) , Palmarium Reserve, Andasibe-Mantadia NP, Antsirabe (City) , Fianarantsoa (City) , Isalo NP, Ifaty (Town & Beach) , Ambalavao (City) , Ranomafana NP, Antananarivo (End)

13-Day Tsingy De Bemaraha - Baobab Alley - Nosy Be

$2,892 pp (USD)

Madagascar: Shared tour (max 60 people per vehicle) Mid-range Hotel

You Visit: Antananarivo (Start) , Antsirabe (City) , Morondava (Town) , Bekopaka (Town) , Bemaraha NP, Allee Des Baobabs (Highlight) , Nosy Be, Nosy Komba, Nosy Iranja, Antananarivo (End)

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10-Day Trekking - High Peak of Andringitra

$1,511 pp (USD)

Madagascar: Private tour Budget Camping & Lodge

You Visit: Antananarivo (Start) , Ambositra (City) , Ambalavao (City) , Andringitra NP, Antsirabe (City) , Antananarivo (End)

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12-Day Luxury Madagascar Tour

$28,058 pp (USD)

Madagascar: Private tour Luxury Lodge & Resort

You Visit: Antananarivo (Start) , Andasibe-Mantadia NP, Nosy Ankao, Antananarivo (End)

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12-Day Authentic Mid-Range Tour

$2,046 pp (USD)

Madagascar: Private tour Mid-range Lodge & Guest House

You Visit: Antananarivo (Start) , Ankafobe Reserve, Andasibe-Mantadia NP, Antsirabe (City) , Fianarantsoa (City) , Ranohira (Town) , Isalo NP, Ambalavao (City) , Antananarivo (End)

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24-Day Tsingy - Baobab - Andasibe - Ranomafana - Nosy Be

$3,997 pp (USD)

Madagascar: Shared tour (max 60 people per vehicle) Mid-range Hotel & Bungalow

You Visit: Antananarivo (Start) , Antsirabe (City) , Morondava (Town) , Kirindy Forest, Bekopaka (Town) , Bemaraha NP, Ranomafana NP, Andasibe-Mantadia NP, Palmarium Reserve, Nosy Be, Nosy Komba, Nosy Iranja, Ivato Airport (Antananarivo) , Antananarivo (End)

16-Day Aventure & Beach - in the West and Nosy Be

$2,195 pp (USD)

You Visit: Antananarivo (Start) , Miandrivazo (Town) , Kirindy Forest, Bemaraha NP, Morondava (Town) , Antsirabe (City) , Andasibe-Mantadia NP, Nosy Be, Nosy Komba, Nosy Iranja, Nosy Be (End)

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6 Questions About Madagascar Tours

Ariadne van Zandbergen

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Why should I go to Madagascar?

“There are many good reasons to go to Madagascar. The immense tropical island of Madagascar is a special destination. For some people it’s the idyllic white sandy beaches and turquoise waters that are the main attractions. Others are lured by the fascinating animal world. There are cuddly lemurs, chameleons ranging from tiny to huge, slinky fossas, leaf-tailed geckos (the ultimate masters of camouflage), and much more. The wildlife is protected in a network of about 50 parks and reserves. These natural places are as diverse as the animals that live in them. Habitats range from pristine rainforest to dry spiny forest, dominated by the weird-looking octopus trees. Then there are oddities, such as the serrated limestone formations known as tsingy, and picture-perfect landmarks, such as the Avenue of the Baobabs.”

Where should I go on a Madagascar trip?

“Madagascar is a very big island and there is a surprising number of places to visit. When going on a road trip, you’ll probably need to choose between highlights of the north or the south. You can’t really do it all in one tour. If you incorporate one or more flights, your options to mix and match increase. Most tours start in Antananarivo. A popular tour takes you to Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, the best place to see the world’s largest lemur, the indri. From there you follow the N7 south, spending time in Ranomafana National Park to see a large variety of lemurs and reptiles, and Isalo National Park for some hiking in spectacular sandstone formations. The tour ends on the west coast at Toliara or Ifaty, which are great places to relax on the beach. Highlights of the north include the rainforest of Amber Mountain National Park with its waterfalls, crater lakes and abundance of chameleons. Ankarana Special Reserve with its tsingy landscapes is another not-to-be-missed destination up north. Both parks can be visited from Madagascar’s most popular beach destination, Nosy Be. A great bush-and-beach combo is a tour combining time in two properties run as all-inclusive bush lodges: Mandrare River Camp at Ifotaka Community Forest and Manafiafy Lodge at Sainte Luce reserve. You’ll be spoiled for choice of guided activities on this tour. There’s lemur watching, night walks, cultural tours, whale watching, kayaking and much more.”

How long do I need in Madagascar?

“Unless you’re mainly going on a beach holiday in Madagascar, you’ll ideally need at least 12 days to visit some of the highlights. Many roads are in bad condition and the driving time between parks is often long. You might have to overnight in small towns along the way. Luckily, this is never wasted time. You’ll learn about the traditional cultures and the many crafts and arts the Malagasy people are known for. To take in the main highlights of the north and the south of the country, you’ll need about 20 days, even when making use of a couple of domestic flights. With limited time available, a return trip from the capital city, Antananarivo, to Andasibe-Mantadia NP is a great option. The driving time each way is three hours, and you can see a lot on a 4-day tour to this popular park. You’ll have a chance to see different lemur species and a variety of reptiles and amphibians. A night walk is a great opportunity to see some nocturnal species. This tour is a great introduction to Madagascar or a possible stopover on an Africa trip of a lifetime covering highlights of different countries.”

What is the best time of the year for a Madagascar safari?

“Madagascar can be visited at any time of the year. However, the wettest months of January, February and March are perhaps best avoided. September to November is a lovely time for a beach holiday, but the cool, dry months from May to October are better for hiking. The coldest months aren’t ideal to see some animals. Therefore, the best wildlife-viewing months are the shoulder months of April, May, October and November. These months are warm enough for all animals to be active, but not too wet. Having said all this, you have to keep in mind that there are wide regional variations. The east of the island sees the most rain, so avoiding the peak of the Wet season is more important here than in drier parts of the country.”

Do I need to be physically fit for a Madagascar safari?

“As all wildlife viewing in Madagascar is done on foot, you will need to have a reasonable level of fitness for a safari on the island. The rainforest parks tend to be wet and the paths can be very muddy and slippery. Walking in the dry parks in the southeast of the country is usually easier. There are different trails with different lengths and difficulties available in all the parks. Even the short trails are very rewarding and give great opportunities to see lemurs and other wildlife. There are also many sanctuaries and private reserves in the country where it is sometimes possible to see animals within the immediate vicinity of the lodge. So, while you’ll get the most out of a Madagascar safari with a level of fitness allowing you to take on some of the longer hikes, you can in fact see a lot without having to walk very far. However fit you are, it is important to come well prepared with good shoes, a hat and rain gear. A walking stick can also come in handy to keep you steady on slippery slopes.”

How much will this tour cost?

“There are many variables determining the price of a Madagascar tour. However, as a guideline, you can expect a 12-day mid-range package to start at around US$2,000 per person. The level of accommodation is a big factor. Taking a few local flights can save valuable time otherwise spent driving long distances, but it also increases the overall cost. Another variable is the choice between a private or group tour. Spending time on the beach is usually cheaper than moving around on tour. Taking all these variables into account makes for a wide range of prices.”

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Anthony is a photographer and writer for travel magazines and Lonely Planet, including the guides to Kenya and Botswana & Namibia.

Madagascar: land of lemurs

Often referred to as the ‘Eighth Continent’, Madagascar is epic in scale, a unique world that I love for its wildness, vast tracts of wilderness, and wildlife. Separated from Africa for millions of years, its wildlife is found nowhere...

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Philip is an acclaimed travel writer and author of many guidebooks, including the Bradt guides to Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and South Africa.

A world apart

Madagascar is, in a word, strange. Mind-bogglingly so, in certain respects. The world’s fourth-largest island, it is sometimes referred to as the Eighth Continent on account of its unique biodiversity and high level of endemism. Home to...

United States

Wonderful Wildlife!

I thought my trip to Madagascar was amazing. I went for 2 weeks with Natural Habitat Adventures in the Summer of 2013. We saw 21 species of lemurs, an endless number of birds, with many endemics, and lots of chameleons. Our accommodations...

Poland

Great place for close ecounters with wildlife

We had a 8 days trip to Madagascar in November 2019. We spend the time on east cost of the island - Andasibe & Palmarium Reserve. The wildlife was very good - lemurs are close and provide excelent opportunites for photography. Birds in...

Belgium

The smile island

Go to Madagascar for the smiles! They have nothing but they are all smiling and friendly. Hotel of quality with ready good food, this is the secret destination where you have to go to enjoy meeting peoples.

France

Madagascar : country of landscape and light !

Wildlife is unique and amazing, sceneries are exceptionnal ! Wheater, let's say : hot in september , accomodations are at the opposite : you can get high level comfort as well poor with sanitaries very very ... simple (forget hot water !). ...

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Madagascar Culture Tours

Experience Madagascar at your own pace & with the rythm of the seasons!

Welcome … tonga soa.

If you are planning to visit Madagascar, we are here to help. We are an award-winning Malagasy incoming tour operator, based in Antananarivo with over 24 years experience as a Destination Management Company – DMC. We are providing wildlife and cultural tours as well as beach holidays. With Cactus Tours, you will be able to choose among a wide range of flexible guided tours and vacation programs, either alone or in a group. Off-the-beaten track or on classical tours, we can propose the best combinations matching your interests, budget and trip length anytime.

Hand-crafted tours by natives

Every trip is personalized and handled by local native experts. Through our guided tours and custom trips, you will take advantage of the most beautiful spots and corners of the island.

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A lifetime experience

The wildlife of Madagascar is one of the most amazing on the planet as 80% of them are unique to the Island and found nowhere else. With Cactus Tours, you will be able to choose among a wide range of flexible guided tours and vacation programs, either alone or in a group. Off-the-beaten track or on classical tours, we have the best combinations matching your interests, budget and trip length anytime.

Social responsibilities

We are acting decisively to benefit the local community and to preserve the natural environment of Madagascar, providing our Guests with innovative hand-crafted trips and tours, and ever more personalized services and creating social values.

We are specialising in:

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  • Cycling tours & holidays
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Why use Cactus Tours ?

A multiple award-winning company and ranked amongst the best tour operators on the island, Cactus Tours Madagascar is a reliable partner and holiday maker. The company is composed of a Malagasy expert team, committed to offer quality services and the best experience possible to the Guests.

As a local tour company, we are here to provide you the necessary guarantee and safety for your trip. We also have the best logistics, expertise and reactivity to make your lifetime trip the most successful.

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Madagascar tours & beach destinations by areas

  • Diego Suarez – Mountain d’Ambre
  • Tsingy of Ankarana – Nosy Be
  • Andringitra National Parks
  • Kinkony Lake
  • Ankarafantsika – Ampijoroa
  • Fort Dauphin – Berenty
  • Nosy Be archipelago
  • Nosy Iranja
  • Sainte Marie Island
  • Morondava – Belo sur Mer – Ifaty
  • Nosy Mangabe – Masoala Reserve
  • Marojejy National Park
  • Perinet – Mpangalanes
  • Ranomafana – Isalo – Tulear – Ifaty
  • Anakao – Tsimanapetsotsa
  • Tsiribihina – Tsingy de Bemaraha
  • Baobab Avenue – Kirindy
  • Fort Dauphin – Lavanono – Anakao

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Cactus Tours Madagascar Head office: 146 B – Antanetibe Ivato P.o. Box 206 Ivato Airport – 101 Antananarivo – Madagascar

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Wildlife Tours to Madagascar

Often referred to as the Eighth Continent, Madagascar is the world’s fourth largest and oldest island and, after millions of years of isolation, is truly unlike anywhere else on Earth.

Reef and Rainforest is the United Kingdom’s longest established and most experienced specialist tour operator for Madagascar, having first offered tours there over thirty years ago. It takes a long time truly to know the island, which is bigger than France and hides many attractions. Our unsurpassed knowledge of Madagascar results in superlative itineraries for you to enjoy.

We first went to Madagascar in 1992. The country was under a rigid communist dictatorship: it had terrible hotels and few visitors. Now there is improved infrastructure and a good range of medium- to high-quality accommodation. And of course, its unique wildlife is as wonderful as ever and a visit by you will help preserve it for the future.

Natural history travel has emerged over the past 30 years as a vital source of income for Madagascar. By visiting Madagascar, you contribute directly to the conservation of its precious remaining forests with their unique wildlife, and the welfare of its people who are among the poorest (and friendliest) in the world. Your presence facilitates the hiring of park rangers who guard the precious reserves from illegal logging, slash-and-burn farmers and bush-meat hunters. Fees paid to local guides and hotel staff salaries percolate down through local communities. Isolated lodges such as Anjajavy and Eden Lodge fund local schools and clinics. It all adds up.

Wildlife-wise, Madagascar must be one of the most extraordinary destinations in the world. The three main ecosystems comprise tropical rainforest, dry tropical deciduous forest and the unique spiny forest found only in Madagascar’s far southwest. There are healthy coral reefs and stunning white sand beaches to enjoy along the coast, plus huge unique karst limestone outcrops known as tsingy and fascinating cultures to discover.

Nearly all Madagascar’ staggering biodiversity is found nowhere else on the planet, much of it threatened with extinction. Wildlife highlights undoubtedly include the mysterious nocturnal aye aye, iconic ring-tailed lemur, the beautiful sifaka lemurs, large tailless indri, tiny mouse lemurs, charismatic fossa, giant and miniature chameleons, cunningly camouflaged leaf-tailed geckos, colourful frogs and fantastically varied endemic birds, many families of which are found nowhere else on Earth.

Our expert English-speaking guides are tried and trusted to deliver a marvellously memorable journey through a country that really could be the Eighth Continent. Come with us to Madagascar and you will see – in the best possible way – what makes the The Big Red Island so special.

Have a look at our short video for some further inspiration: Wild Madagascar Film

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Ranomafana National Park

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Masoala National Park

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Marojejy National Park

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Nosy Mangabe

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Andohahela National Park

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Mandrare River

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Tsimanampetsotsa National Park

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Berenty Reserve

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Ankarafantsika National Park

Travel & climate, when to visit madagascar.

Travel between the end of April and end of November is preferable to avoid the wet season, with September, October and November being the very best months for animal activity. Notwithstanding some geographical variations, June to September normally offers dry, cooler weather. From September to November, many bird species are displaying, nesting and in breeding plumage, and baby lemurs can be seen clinging to their mothers. Try to avoid late December to early April – wet season.

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The Wildlife of Northern Madagascar’s Magical Forests and Reefs

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A Magical Overland Journey in Madagascar: Small Group

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Short Tour to Marojejy National Park

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Quest for the Aye Aye and Undiscovered Masoala

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Madagascar’s Whale Sharks, Lemurs and Tsingy

Accommodation, where to stay.

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Betsileo Country Lodge

A wonderful lodge, in close proximity to both the town of Ambalavao and the Anja Community Reserve.

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Domaine de Fontenay

Colonial style lodge on the edge of Montagne d’Ambre National Park and with access to a private forest reserve.

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Marojejy Campsites

Simple park run campsites at different elevations in Marojejy National Park.

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Sahamalaza Campsite

Very simple tented campsite in the remote Sahamalaza-îles Radama, famous for its blue-eyed black lemurs.

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There is one main bugbear when travelling to Madagascar – Domestic Flights. The main domestic airline, now called Tsaradia has in the past and to a lesser extent these days had a habit of frequently changing its schedules. Sometimes these changes are last minute, which can potentially cause disruption to an itinerary. The good news is that we are so experienced in sorting out the ensuing problems that most tours still run very smoothly. It takes years to “know” Madagascar, and you can be 100% sure that we do.

If you have any questions regarding travel to Madagascar, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965

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We had a great holiday seeing and getting close to more wildlife than we’d imagined. The guides and wildlife guides were excellent and very knowledgeable. The accommodation and food was excellent and we were able to relax given how well everything was planned. Thank you!

madagascar wildlife tours

Embark on a Madagascar wildlife tour with Naturalist Journeys to discover an island so isolated from the rest of the world, that every land mammal is endemic and nearly half the birds are, too — wow! Search for endearing lemurs, bizarre chameleons, otherworldly flora, and so much more. Madagascar is one of the world’s greatest destinations for birdwatchers and naturalists, alike; a Madagascar birding and wildlife tour is truly an experience of a lifetime. Our Madagascar nature tours focus on birding, general wildlife, and natural history. We also offer other exciting African wildlife tours and African wildlife safaris.

Guided Group Tours

Group travel is rewarding and fun! With more eyes you see more species. Travel Planners of Naturalist Journeys have been creating memorable journeys for 40+ years. We offer you small-group birding and nature tours, limited to just 8-13 persons led by expert guides. Learn and explore with like-minded people, enjoy local food and culture, and immerse yourself in birding and nature.

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Conservation Corner

We value conservation – it is at the heart of our work. All Naturalist Journeys’ tours support local conservation projects. Browse the links below to learn more about positive local work to save and conserve the wildlife and landscapes we visit.

Asity Madagascar Asity Madagascar works with local communities to preserve, manage, and protect key ecosystems as habitat for threatened and endangered species of birds and wildlife. Deforestation Deforestation is one of the biggest threats birds and mammals of Madagascar face. Rosewood and ebony are two key tree species targeted by illegal logging operations, which are driven by international demand, extreme poverty in country, and government corruption. The country is currently under an international embargo by the Standing Committee of Convention on International Trade and Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Illegal Wildlife Trade The illicit wildlife trade particularly impacts lemurs, chameleons, snakes, lizards, tortoises, and other charismatic species in Madagascar. TRAFFIC works to stem the trade.

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Madagascar Lemurs & Wildlife EcoTours

A wonderland of biodiversity, Madagascar's 1,000 endemic species include dancing sifaka lemurs, wailing indri lemurs, colorful chameleons and stealthy fossa cats. Nearly all of its reptile and amphibian species, half of its birds, and all of its lemurs are unique to the island.  

Our Madagascar itineraries carefully combine rainforest, dry spiny forest, Tsingy “stone forest”, rivers, islands and marine ecosystems to deliver unparalleled wildlife sightings – including up to 40 lemur species and countless chameleon species possible! We avoid the small, commonly-visited touristy parks with overly habituated animals that trap even the most informed travelers. Instead, our itineraries offer the best possible selection of national parks for travelers who seek a more pristine, authentic, biodiverse, uncrowded and non-commercial wildlife adventure, packed with our legendary wildlife expertise. And you won’t have to sacrifice comfort! We’ve included some of Madagascar’s most outstanding lodges and carefully arranged the majority of travel by charter flights and scheduled flights to avoid the long, rugged drives of 12-24 hours that Madagascar is notorious for. This is truly Madagascar’s ultimate weird and wonderful wildlife eco-tour!

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Madagascar - Bizarre & Beautiful: Lemurs, Chameleons & Endemics 18-Day EcoTour

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Explore 5 of Madagascar’s most pristine, biodiverse and distinctly different national parks including Masoala, it’s crown jewel with 50% of Madagascar’s species, Ankarana with the highest density of primates in the world, Amber Mountain for rare animals, Andasibe-Mantadia with the world’s record for frog species, and a unique segment on the Mandrare river with insider access to the Antandroy tribe and the wildlife of their sacred spiny forest. Up to 40 lemur species! Learn More>

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Madagascar - Bizarre & Beautiful: Lemurs, Chameleons & Endemics 12-Day EcoTour

A shorter version of our most popular itinerary featuring Masaoala, Andasibe-Mantadia and the Mandrare River, but without Ankarana and Amber Mountain. Explore a combination of rainforest, river and dry spiny forest ecosystems for a huge variety of wildlife. Travel mostly by scheduled and charter flights to avoid the small, commonly-visited touristy parks with overly habituated animals. Learn More>

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Madagascar - Whales & Whale Sharks – 5-Day Extension

Extend your trip 4 nights to Nosy Be Island with its famous vanilla and ylang-ylang infused air. Enjoy thrilling encounters with humpback whales (July-Sept) or snorkel with gentle, giant whale sharks – the world’s largest fish (Sept-Dec) as well as dolphins and turtles.  Participate in collecting observational data for scientific research.  Learn More>

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Madagascar - Tsingy de Bemaraha & Kirindy - 7D/6N Extension

Explore the famous limestone pinnacle “forests” of Tsingy de Bemaraha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, plus Kirindy National Park and a canoe trip on the Manambolo river. Home to a combined 17 lemur species including Madame Berthe’s mouse lemur, the world’s smallest primate, plus cat-like fossa, gorgeous Labord’s and Oustalet’s chameleons. Learn More>

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Madagascar: The Lost Continent

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Travel to the Lost Continent in search of endemic wildlife, contrasting cultures and unforgettable scenery. Traverse the island from the bustling streets of the capital to the volcanic planes of the Central Highlands, via the rich rainforest and on to the golden beaches of the coast. Along the way, tick off Madagascar's National Parks in search of lemurs, chameleons and more, and immerse yourself in local life visiting colourful markets and artisan workshops.

  • Reserves and National Parks - Hear the Indri lemurs' morning call in the Andasible Reserve and spot the Golden Bamboo lemur in the rainforest of Ranomafana.
  • Spectacular landscapes - From the rice paddies and villages of the highlands to the arid, cactus-strewn planes of the Spiny Desert and Madagascar's Grand Canyon, witness the island's unrivalled scenery.
  • Paradisal beaches - Spend two days unwinding on the white-sand beaches of Iftay, a tropical paradise with prolific birdlife.

Included meals

Breakfast: 14

Explore Tour Leader

Local Guide(s)

Accommodation

11 nights comfortable hotel

1 nights simple hotel

2 nights comfortable lodge

Group Size:

Trip maximum 12

Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.

Our tour starts today in Madagascar's capital, Antananarivo (also known as Tana). Built over 12 hills, the city is a tapestry of old and new with French colonial buildings, modern offices and apartment blocks vying for space.

For those arriving in time, our tour leader plans to meet you in the hotel reception at 6pm for a welcome meeting and for those that wish, there is the chance to go out for dinner. There are no activities planned today, so you're free to arrive in Antananarivo at any time. If you'd like an airport transfer today, you'll need to arrive at Ivato International Airport (TNR) which is around a 15-minute drive from the hotel. Should you miss the meeting, your leader will inform you of any essential information as soon as you catch up.

If your flight arrives earlier in the day, you might like to get to know Tana at your own pace. Take a walk to soak up the capital's colourful landscape, its houses stacked one upon the other down the sloping hills of the highlands.

Accommodation:

Hotel Au Bois Vert (or similar)

Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single room available

Swimming pool available, meals provided: none.

We have an early start to kick off our trip, leaving the city at around 7am this morning. We'll drive to Andasibe village, sometimes referred to by its French colonial name; Perinet. Although only eight square kilometres, Analamazoatra Reserve in Andasibe boasts nine species of Lemur, including the Indri Indri, whose morning calls can be heard piercing through the forest. After lunch, we'll trek in search of the Indri families in the area. Although the paths are often easy to follow, sometimes pushing further into the bush is required to spot these exquisite creatures in the trees, so it'll be an adventurous walk to kick off our two weeks searching for lemurs.

This evening, after dinner, we'll head out again with a local national park guide in search of the smallest of the lemur species, the mouse lemurs. Although nocturnal, these creatures can often easily be spotted along the one-kilometre roadside route that we'll follow this evening. As well as spotting tiny lemurs, it's common to see colourful chameleons, frogs and exotic insects.

Feon'ny Ala Bungalows (or similar)

Grade: Comfortable Lodge

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Listen out this morning, as often the Indri's calls can be heard throughout the forest and surrounding village areas, including our accommodation! We'll be up early to drive to the nearby Analamazoatra reserve. Mantadia and Analamazoatra reserve are both part of the same precious forest ecosystem but due to continuous deforestation in the area, they are now separate parks. We'll spend around four hours searching for the black and white ruffed and Diademed Sifaka lemurs, as well as taking the opportunity to spot some birdlife.

After a busy morning searching for wildlife, we'll return to Andasibe for lunch. Then, this afternoon, there will be an optional visit to the small sleepy village of Andasibe itself where we can walk amongst its quiet streets and drop in on its market.

We have a long travel day ahead of us today, so we'll set off early in the morning. We'll head south to the spa town of Antsirabe with plenty of comfort breaks and a stop for lunch.

Antsirabe's cool climate made it a favourite spot with European missionaries and French colonialists, and their influence is still present in the colonial architecture and churches. Set in the Central Highlands, the town is a clash of cultures with fading, ornate colonial architecture, colourful rickshaws pedalling up and down the streets and souk-like stalls selling goods to both local residents and visitors.

Couleur Cafe (or similar)

This morning, we'll drive to the volcanic Lake of Tritriva. Local myths and taboos surround this mysterious lake which seems to have many guises, changing colour from one day to the next. We'll take a short walk to the crater's edge, where we can relax and take in the view. There'll be a short amount of free time to walk further if you'd like to.

From here, we'll continue our journey to Ambositra, where we'll visit some of the local woodcarvers. Their woodwork pieces - depicting Malagasy life and detailed marquetry work - are well-known for their fine standard of craftsmanship. Tonight, we'll visit a local development guest house to enjoy a traditional Malagasy meal and see a folk dance. By visiting here, we directly support an important base for the development of health projects, agriculture and the empowerment of women within the local community.

We'll return to Ambositra for our overnight stay.

Artisan Hotel (or similar)

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Before we depart from Ambositra this morning, we'll visit a woodcarving artisan market at the Ivato Centre.

The drive to Ranomafana will take up most of the rest of the day, however, the winding roads pass through rugged landscapes, rural villages and endless rice paddies, and along the way, there will be comfort breaks, plus a lunch stop at Vohiposa. Towards the end of the drive, we'll head down from the highlands and into the rainforest.

The Ranomafana National Park is Madagascar's third largest national park, established after a new species of lemur named the Golden Bamboo was found here in 1987. The lush forest area is also known for its hidden waterfalls and the Namorona River which flows through impressive gorges, flanked on either side by tropical rainforest. If you can't wait to explore it, this evening there is the option to join a night walk to the outskirts of the park (see the budgeting section for more details).

Centrest Sejour Hotel (or similar)

After an early wake-up call, we'll enter the park for a morning walk in the hope of spotting the Golden Bamboo Lemur, which is endemic to the forests in South-Eastern Madagascar. It's the only location in Madagascar where we can see all three species of Bamboo Lemur, namely the lesser Bamboo Lemur, the greater Bamboo Lemur and the Golden Bamboo Lemur which gets its golden colour from the cyanide compounds found in the bamboo it eats.

Depending on how lucky we are finding lemurs, we'll spend around three to four hours trekking along the forest trails in search of wildlife. As well as the Bamboo Lemurs, we might have the chance to see Red-Fronted Brown Lemurs, Red-Bellied Lemurs and Milne-Edwards Sifaka. Most lemur species are sadly now endangered, the last survivors of a once abundant family of primates, now confined to pockets of forest and bush throughout Madagascar. Deforestation has taken a heavy toll on these arboreal creatures - it's estimated only 80 species remain. With luck, we might also spot the Malagasy boa constrictor, chameleons, the black parrot, cuckoo roller and many other birds.

The afternoon will be free to relax or to go on an additional optional walk within the park for the chance to spot the species not already seen during the morning.

Returning to the main road this morning, we'll continue south via the regional capital of Fianarantsoa. Leaving the highland plateau and descending through superb mountain scenery to the plains, we'll pause at the Ambalavao paper workshop before arriving at Anja Community Reserve. Here, we'll have the chance to watch troupes of ring-tailed lemur among the granite boulders.

Continuing south the pine trees thin out and the fertile soil of the highlands gives way to drier savannah, cactus, termite mounds, and the dust of the midsouth. We'll finally reach our destination late in the afternoon; Ranohira, situated on the edge of the Isalo National Park.

Hotel Relais de la Reine (or similar)

Meals Provided: Breakfast & Dinner

One of the highlights of our trip has to be Madagascar's Grand Canyon in Isalo National Park. Dervla Murphy, in her book Muddling through Madagascar, describes the terrain as 'Landscapes that are literally incredible. You don't believe it. You think you're hallucinating. How can wind and water have done all this?'.

Natural erosion has produced fantastic canyons and bizarre outcrops of wind-blasted sandstone and we'll head out on a walk to take it all in. The walk will last around 90 minutes, along dry, dusty paths with a slight ascent to a natural oasis pool known as Piscine Naturelle where we'll stop for a picnic lunch. After eating, we'll continue exploring to see the tombs of the Bara people and the sparse, dry forest species of dwarf-like baobab.

This afternoon, there'll be the opportunity to take an optional walk with a local guide to Namaza to see the Cascade des Nymphes. We'll meet again as a group to enjoy the sunset with a sundowner in the hotel grounds overlooking the park.

This morning, we'll continue our journey south for about five hours. The temperature rises as we lose height and head for the coast, crossing the savannah plain that's dotted with herds of Zebu cattle.

The south of Madagascar is largely desert and obscure cactus-like plants, unique to the island, smother the land giving the area the name the 'Spiny Forest'. We'll stop at Zombitse National Park, where we'll stretch our legs on a two-hour walk through the remarkable dry forest which is home to many birds, including black parrots, the Madagascar buzzard and the cuckoo roller. There's also the opportunity to spot the shy ring-tailed lemur here.

As we continue our drive, we'll pass by several fascinating Mahafaly Tombs before reaching the town of Toliara once an important port of call for Dutch and English ships plying the trade routes during the 16th and 17th centuries.

Victory Hotel (or similar)

Grade: Simple Hotel

After breakfast this morning, we'll continue to Ifaty Beach, a small resort on the west coast, our base for the next two nights. We'll slow down here and have time to enjoy the white sand beaches. You might like to take a stroll along the beach dotted with fishing vessels, relax by the hotel pool or take a stroll in the spiney forest which is rich in birdlife.

Le Paradisier (or similar)

Today is free to relax or explore the area. Ifaty Beach is a huge sandy bay which looks out over a lagoon protected by a barrier reef up to seven kilometres (four miles) from the shore. Traditional fishing villages are scattered along the bay and fishing is still done in sail-powered outrigger canoes. There is an option to visit the reef for snorkelling. There is also an excellent forest walk in the Reniala Reserve just inland from the beach area, where strange spiny forest can be found and some of the most attractive of the endemic bird species, such as the long-tailed ground roller, sub-desert mesite and sickle-billed vanga.

Depending on the flight schedule, we'll either have a very early start or a more relaxed morning in Ifaty, our tour leader will advise what time we need to leave.

We'll fly from Toliara back to Antananarivo airport from where it's a short transfer to our hotel. As the time of the domestic flight varies, the rest of the day is free to relax.

Today we'll absorb the atmosphere of the capital city but before heading into the chaos of its bustling streets, we'll first drive out of the city to explore the oldest palace in Madagascar, situated on Ambohimanga, a forested hill, north of Antananarivo. It was from this fortress that the Merina, a highland tribe, first established an effective administration and military command under King Andrianampoinamerina. The fort boasts the original king's hut and later European buildings, and from this high vantage point you can take in magnificent views over the fertile rice fields below, the surrounding hills and the city in the distance.

We'll stop somewhere for a lunch break, before returning to the city later this afternoon, and if traffic allows, there will be time for some last-minute shopping in Tana before our final dinner of the trip.

Meals Provided: Breakfast and Lunch

The trip ends after breakfast at our hotel in Antananarivo.

There are no activities planned today, so you're free to depart from Antananarivo at any time. If your flight is departing later in the day, luggage storage facilities are available at our hotel. If you'd like an airport transfer today, you need to depart from Ivato International Airport (TNR) which is around a 15-minute drive from the hotel.

Is this the tour for you?

  • We've graded our tour of Madagascar as full - on. We'll be travelling at a fast pace and moving on almost daily, but it's all worth it to tick off the island's bucket-list gems.
  • Madagascar's roads are notoriously poor - driving conditions can get rough but bumps in the road are rewarded with breathtaking scenes of rice paddies, mountain ranges and desert landscapes.
  • You don't have to be an athlete to enjoy this trip, but a basic level of fitness is needed as all the wildlife viewing is on foot. Comfortable walking shoes are a must.
  • At times, we'll be leaving creature comforts behind. While some accommodation will be basic, it's a great opportunity to immerse yourself in Madagascar's unreal landscapes.
  • When it comes to the weather, the temperature varies between the highland region and the coast. Between June and mid September it can get cool at night in the highland region. The rainy season is between January and the end of March.
  • The best way to approach the Lost Continent is with an open mind. Things don't always run like clockwork on the island, so a flexible mindset is a must - it's all part of the adventure.
  • Lunch and dinners are typically a combination of chicken or fish with vegetables in season and rice or potatoes. Please note that there are no fast - food outlets, it can take some time to prepare meals, especially in more rural areas. Vegetarians can be catered for, but the variety will be very limited at times.
  • Nuts are used extensively in dishes throughout, if you have a nut allergy, please discuss this with us prior to booking.

Trip information

The climate is tropical, but cooler in the highlands (dropping as low as 5°C at night in July/August in Antananarivo and Andasibe). The dry season is March to October continuing into November in most areas. The east coast is best March-May and September-November, January-March is cyclone season. The south west area is hot, dry and semi-arid. March-April is the best time for flowers and reptiles. November (spring) is generally the best time for wildlife and birds, but lemurs can be viewed all year round. Seasonal weather patterns can be unpredictable.

Time difference to GMT

2 Pin Round

Malagasy, French

Optional activities The following excursions and/or activities are usually available and may be arranged locally. Estimated costs are provided below for guidance only, are on a per person basis unless shown otherwise, and may depend on the number of participants. Prices quoted are correct as of the date these tour notes were originally issued but may change at any time due to currency fluctuations. Please note: These activities are booked and paid for locally and do not form part of your Explore holiday contract.

Andasibe - Dawn Birdwatching £6. Extra Park or village walk £3. Private Reserve £7 Ranomafana - Bird walk approx £6 depending on numbers. Optional Forest walk £6

Clothing should be lightweight, but a warm sweater or jacket is advisable as nights at altitude and under desert conditions can be very cold (>10°C), even in summer and especially in July to September. Rainwear is highly recommended on all tours for the occasional shower. Warmer layers will be required during the winter months. Don't forget your swimwear and towel.

Lightweight walking bootshoes and trainers or sandals.

Luggage: On tour

One kitbag/rucksack or old but sturdy suitcase (luggage travels on the roof rack during the day) and a daysack.

Take a strong torch for nocturnal wildlife walks, a water bottle, camera film (and spare batteries), binoculars and a beach towel and swimming costume. Rain proof pants are very handy for walks in the rainforest. Walking poles maybe useful in Ranomafana NP and Andasibe.

Food and drink The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.

Foreign exchange, transport information.

Boat, Flight, Minibus

Accommodation notes

We have chosen our accommodation in Madagascar based on location and comfort. At Explore, we avoid chain hotels and opt for locally-run properties to give you an authentic experience. While you're sure to get a warm welcome, the standards might not always match those at home. The majority of the hotels on this tour are graded as comfortable. You can expect simply furnished en-suite rooms and basic amenities. Most properties will have WiFi and air-conditioning and some have extras such as swimming pools and restaurants to sample Malagasy food. At times, we'll be staying within easy reach of Madagascar's stunning national parks. These properties often have balconies or terraces from where you can enjoy a sundowner with a breathtaking view. See your final documents for your departure's hotels.

Food and drink

Madagascan food has been influenced by its French colonial past. Breakfasts are typically continental style comprising of a baguette, butter and jams, eggs and sometimes fruits in season served with tea or coffee. For lunch and dinner very reasonably priced fresh fish is widely available as we travel towards the coastal zone. Malagasy lager is reasonably priced and readily available. Malagasy wine is also reasonably priced but is not to everyone's taste. It is sometimes possible to get hold of French or South African wine. A delicacy in Madagascar is the various flavoured rum, which are widely sold and very reasonably priced. For vegetarians your food options may be rather limited (i.e. omelette, cheese, pasta, vegetables and rice) on this trip. Breakfasts are usually simple: eggs, a baguette, jam and coffee or tea, and sometimes fruit. You may wish to bring something to supplement your morning meal (spread, peanut butter etc). Madagascar does not have a vegetarian culinary tradition, and vegan food can be extremely difficult to find outside of the capital city. Gluten free and lactose free dietary requests can also be challenging to accommodate, be prepared to supplement your diet with food from home.

Can you drink the water?  The water quality is poor and therefore it is recommended to avoid drinking tap water during your trip.   

Government Travel Safety Advice

Under 18 immigration guidance.

Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under 18s. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.

Price Guarantee

Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. However, please note that if you voluntarily make any changes to your booking including changing your trip or departure date, any additional costs or charges incurred will not be covered. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information. Booking Conditions  

Visa and Passport Information

Madagascar: If you are visiting for less than 16 days, there is no visa requirement. However, travellers must pay a 10 Euro administrative fee on arrival. For stays of 16 days or more an entry visa is required by UK, New Zealand, Australian, US & Canadian citizens and can be obtained at the airport on arrival. The visa cost is €35 or $37 USD. Only cash is accepted so please ensure you have this with you. Please note GBP sterling is not accepted. Other nationalities should consult the relevant consulate. For a single entry tourist visa you can now apply via the e-visa website: https://evisamada-mg.com/en/home If you needed to obtain a visa you will need to print a copy of your disembarkation authorisation and present this with your passport at the eVisa counters upon arrival in Madagascar. You will be permitted to stay within Madagascar for a maximum of up to 30 days. There is an alternative more expensive tourist visa available for stays of up to 60 days. We strongly recommend for you to read the FAQ section on the e-visa website before applying. Your passport must have at least 6 months validity remaining from the date of your entry into Madagascar and at least 2 blank pages.

If you do require assistance in obtaining a visa then you may be able to apply through Explore's recommended visa service in the UK, Travcour. See www.travcour.com to download the relevant visa application for your trip, if applicable (UK citizens only), along with details of how to apply for your visa through Travcour. The Team at Travcour will be happy to answer specific questions relating to visa applications, please call them directly on 0208 5431846 . It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, with the correct validity for your chosen destination.  

Booking conditions

Minimum age restrictions, your safety and enjoyment on tour, your tour leader, find out more about trip transfer terms and conditions before you book. booking a land only package with explore.

Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found below in the dates and prices information.  You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer.

Joining Tour Abroad

Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The complimentary transfers will be arranged from the Explore designated airport or train station to your trips joining point, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. Generally the airport or station that Explore have selected will be the one that is closest to the town or city where the trip starts, or the one nearest to the joining point. It will be either an airport or train station but not both. The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.  

Free transfers are not available for Polar customers.

If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.   For more information regarding the Explore Free Transfer click here

It is a condition of booking with Explore that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. The cost of many of our Polar Voyages will exceed the capped amount covered by standard insurance premiums and you will be required to pay an additional premium to cover the full value of your trip. Please ensure that you are covered for the full amount of your holiday cost, as insufficient cover could invalidate a claim under the policy. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom. Read more information about what travel insurance is required.

Flight information

Flight information.

You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.

Booking a flight inclusive package with Explore

We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.

On our website we display the price of the tour only. Please call us or select the flight option during the online checkout to receive a quote for a flight inclusive package. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.

Ability to swim

An ability to swim is essential for your safe enjoyment of the water based activities on this trip. If you wish to participate in these activities then we insist that you are able to swim.

Vaccinations

Nothing compulsory, but we recommend protection against malaria, tetanus, typhoid, hepatitis A plus Polio and diptheria. Please note that all travellers aged over 9 months old that have travelled from or have transit via a country with a risk of yellow fever transmission, will need to present a Yellow Fever certificate at immigration/borders in Madagascar for inspection. Consult your travel clinic for latest advice on different prophylaxis available against malaria. Following the advice given by the Government's Foreign and Commonwealth Office, we strongly recommend the wearing long sleeved shirts and the liberal application of insect repellent as a precautionary measure to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. These precautions should be taken at all times as the mosquitoes are also active during daylight hours. Please check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor prior to departure. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at Explore Travel Health and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed by you before travelling.

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  • Introduction
  • Day 1 ARRIVAL TIME IN ANTANANARIVO AND DRIVE TO ANDASIBE
  • Day 2 ANDASIBE – VISIT AT THE MANTADIA NATIONAL PARK
  • Day 3 ANDASIBE – VISIT AT THE MITSINJO COMMUNITY RESERVE
  • Day 4 DRIVE FROM ANDASIBE TO PALMARIUM
  • Day 5 VISIT AT PALMARIUM RESERVE
  • Day 6 PALMARIUM TO ANTANANARIVO
  • Day 7 FLY FROM ANTANANARIVO TO MORONDAVA AND DRIVE TO KIRINDY
  • Day 8 DRIVE FROM KIRINDY TO MORONDAVA
  • Day 9 MORONDAVA
  • Day 10 DRIVE FROM MORONDAVA TO ANTSIRABE
  • Day 11 DRIVE FROM ANTSIRABE TO RANOMAFANA
  • Day 12 RANOMAFANA NP
  • Day 13 DRIVE FROM RANOMAFANA TO ANTANANARIVO
  • Day 14 ANTANANARIVO - EXTERNAL FLIGHT

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  • May · 3rd October 2022 Incredible tour experience with an amazing sight. We kind of planned world tour, we started with Madagascar throught... Show more
  • Emma · 4th April 2022 We discovered Madagascar and its beauty for the first time, spending 10 days there. During this adventure, HT Agency... Show more
  • Marlene · 25th March 2022 We are a German couple, our experience with HT has been amazing. We had a 10 days trip recommended by our friend who... Show more

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  • Typhoid - Recommended for Madagascar. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
  • Hepatitis A - Recommended for Madagascar. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
  • Tuberculosis - Recommended for Madagascar. Ideally 3 months before travel.
  • Hepatitis B - Recommended for Madagascar. Ideally 2 months before travel.
  • Rabies - Recommended for Madagascar. Ideally 1 month before travel.
  • Yellow fever - Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an area with a risk of yellow fever transmission for Madagascar. Ideally 10 days before travel.
  • Unfortunately we cannot offer you a visa application service. Whether you need a visa or not depends on your nationality and where you wish to travel. Assuming your home country does not have a visa agreement with the country you're planning to visit, you will need to apply for a visa in advance of your scheduled departure.
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  • For any tour departing before 14th August 2024 a full payment is necessary. For tours departing after 14th August 2024, a minimum payment of 30% is required to confirm your booking with HT Agency Tours. The final payment will be automatically charged to your credit card on the designated due date. The final payment of the remaining balance is required at least 60 days prior to the departure date of your tour. TourRadar never charges you a booking fee and will charge you in the stated currency.
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