The lush highlands of Madagascar’s centre are in stark contrast to the open savannahs of the west and cactus forests that characterise the southern tip, and no island of its size can boast its diversity.
Home to hundreds of endemic species, including lemurs, chameleons and butterflies, the east African island is a destination for wildlife and nature enthusiasts.
Join us on an authentic experiential journey as we seek out indigenous lemurs, birds and reptiles, in amongst a backdrop of verdant green hills, sparkling azure ocean and towns with a twist of French colonial style.
With cultures, landscapes and creatures found nowhere else on Earth, even experts in travel will discover something new. Start your journey to Madagascar in the country’s beautiful French-influenced capital of Antananarivo, situated in the midst of the central highlands, before a scenic drive to the country’s rural areas and on to Andasibe National Park.
Join a local guide by day as you explore the 810ha reserve seeking indigenous flora and fauna such as the Indri lemur. Your guided night walk will then reveal the region’s nocturnal creatures. The nearby Mantadia National Park is an exciting contrast, with rare orchids, lush plant life and tumbling waterfalls.
Experience the sacred community forests that hold the ancestral tombs of the Antandroy tribe, before visiting the rural town of Ifotaka to enjoy the local markets and food.
Extend your holiday to Madagascar and experience the diversity of mainland Africa with a trip to the west coast countries of Rwanda and Tanzania, or explore the cities and safaris of South Africa.
Each of your Madagascar accommodation options has been carefully hand-picked to provide you with an experience that perfectly complements your surroundings without sacrificing luxury and comfort.
Escape to Vakona Forest Lodge where your private bungalow is nestled amongst rainforest in the heart of the Malagasy nature near Tana. Or, explore the Andasibe and Mantadia reserves from the Andasibe Hotel, the perfect high end accommodation choice for adventure seekers.
Due to its large size, Madagascar’s climate varies greatly across regions, but overall the best time to visit is between April and November, outside of the wet season. Between October and December is a good time for lemur spotting, while August and September are the best months for migratory birds.
Expect cooler, wetter weather in the central highlands.
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