Tailored from £10,700 per person excl. flights
12 days Antananarivo, Tsingy de Bemaraha, Morondava, Isalo National Park, Mandrare, Andasibe
12 days Antananarivo, Tsingy de Bemaraha, Morondava, Isalo National Park, Mandrare, Andasibe
A remote island located off the southeast coast of Africa, Madagascar is already known as an off-grid destination. Our Madagascar Wildlife Tour takes you even further into the wild, to some of the most secluded and spectacular places in Madagascar.
Your holiday will begin in the capital city of Antananarivo, known for its colourful architecture and rich history.
Next, you’ll head to Tsingy de Bemaraha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, famed for its otherworldly rock formations and diverse lemur and bird species. You’ll continue your exploration of Madagascar’s most breathtaking landscapes with a stop in Morondava, where you’ll walk the ancient Avenue of the Baobabs.
Your next stop is Isalo National Park, one of Madagascar’s most diverse and unique regions, where you’ll find fascinating sandstone rock formations, clear natural pools, vast canyons, interesting wildlife, and centuries-old sacred burial sites.
Next, you’ll arrive at Mandrare River Camp, a luxury camp overlooking the beautiful Mandrare River, surrounded by a magical rainforest filled with wildlife and rich cultural traditions.
You’ll end your holiday in Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, where you’ll explore a protected rainforest park packed with hiking trails, waterfalls and a vast array of wildlife including the indri, the largest lemur species in the world.
On arrival in Ivato International Airport in Antananarivo, you’ll be greeted by an English speaking guide who will accompany you to Pavillon de L’Emyrne, your hotel for the night.
Pavillon de L’Emyrne is a former traditional house built in 1930, and has been lovingly restored with antique furniture and elegant design. Located in the city centre, you’ll be well placed to spend the afternoon exploring the traditional architecture and distinct Indonesian influence of Antananarivo, known locally as ‘Tana’.
After breakfast, you’ll be driven to the airport for your private charter flight to Tsingy de Bemaraha. The flight will take around 1.5 hours, and on arrival at the Amborondia airstrip, you’ll be welcomed by a staff member and transferred by 4x4 vehicle to Le Soleil des Tsingy, your hotel for the next two nights.
The drive will take around 1.5 hours, and you’ll arrive in time for lunch (you’ll stay at Le Soleil des Tsingy on a full-board basis). After lunch, you’ll visit the surreal pinnacles of the Petit Tsingy. Depending on your fitness level, you can take the Tantely circuit or the Andadoany forest trail, where you can spot up to six lemur species and 53 bird species, and soak up the incredible views of the region.
Note: The Tsingy of Bemaraha is only accessible from May to end-October.
Enjoy breakfast before heading out on a full day of adventure to the Grand Tsingy. This unique site, containing a mass of 50-metre high limestone peaks, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The razor sharp pinnacles were once limestone massifs, and have been formed after millions of years of erosion.
You’ll cross the pointed roof of the Tisngy by walking along a high-rope bridge, then enjoy a stroll through a dry deciduous forest, keeping watch for an incredible array of wildlife. There are 11 lemur species, including the red-fronted brown lemurs and Verreaux and Decken’s sifaka, 103 species of terrestrial and aquatic birds, 15 bat species, 22 amphibian species and a myriad of reptiles.
After breakfast, you’ll board your private charter flight to Morondava, set in the heart of Sakalava territory and known for its intricately sculpted royal wooden tombs. The flight will take around one hour, and you’ll be welcomed on arrival by hotel staff and transferred to Palissandre Côte Ouest, your hotel for the night. You’ll arrive in time for lunch (you’ll stay at Palissandre Côte Ouest on a full-board basis), before enjoying a tour of the city.
Next, you’ll drive to the famous Avenue of the Baobabs (Allée des Baobabs), where you’ll find a group of ancient baobab trees lining the dirt road. You’ll watch the stunning sunset among the towering Grandidier's baobabs, the largest species of baobab among the seven species found in Madagascar.
Enjoy breakfast before boarding your private charter flight to Isalo National Park. The flight will take around 1.5 hours, and on arrival, you’ll be met by a staff member and transferred to Isalo Rock Lodge, where you’ll stay on a full-board basis for the next two nights.
Isalo Rock Lodge is a breathtaking retreat, perched high in the Sandstone Mountains, overlooking Isalo National Park, known for its incredible sandstone rocks, natural pools with clear water, and deep canyons used as sacred burial sites by the Bara tribe for hundreds of years. This afternoon you can settle into your luxury room, enjoy a massage at the spa, or take a dip in the pool where you can take in the views of Isalo National Park.
Isalo National Park is one of Madagascar’s most diverse and spectacular parks. After breakfast, you’ll head out on a full day of guided walking, exploring the vast plains and stunning rock formations. Your guide will recommend a variety of trails depending on your interests and physical abilities. One of the top trails is the ‘Canyon des Singes’, which curves through the thick forest and brightly coloured rock formations to reach a magical rock pool called the ‘Piscine Naturelle’.
The park is known for its rare endemic plants including the local Aloe, while lemur lovers should keep watch for the brown lemur, ring-tailed lemur, sifakas, and 14 nocturnal lemur species that come alive in the forest each night. There are also 35 reptile species, several endemic frogs and 80 bird species including the rare crested ibis and Benson’s rock-thrush.
After breakfast, you’ll board your private charter flight to Mandrare River Camp. The flight will take around 1.5 hours, and on arrival at the camp, you’ll enjoy a barbecue lunch of grilled meats and fresh salads (you’ll stay at Mandrare River Camp on a full-board basis).
After lunch, you can relax in your luxury tent with beautiful views over the Mandrare River, and this evening, you’ll head out for a night walk in the Forest of Zenavo. It’s a great opportunity to see diurnal lemurs bedding down and the nocturnal lemurs waking up as you walk through the ancient forest. Keep watch for sifakas and sleeping white-footed sportive lemurs, and once the sun has set, you can see the sportive lemurs become active, along with an array of chameleons, birds and mouse lemurs.
Enjoy breakfast before heading towards the south of the camp to the Sacred Gallery Forest. Depending on the river’s water levels, you’ll walk or take a boat across the Mandrare River to reach this magnificent forest, known for its curious groups of ring-tailed lemurs and the playful Verreaux sifaka.
You’ll return to the camp for lunch and a relaxing dip in the pool. In the evening, you’ll head out for a walk through the Sacred Spiny Forest, filled with the ancestral tombs of the local Antandroy tribe, and an incredible number of plants and animals that are endemic to the forest.
Your English speaking guide and tracker from the local community will teach you about Antandroy culture and customs, and you’ll finish the excursion with refreshing sundowners on the Mandrare River banks.
You’ll rise early this morning to enjoy a sunrise walk through the Sacred Spiny Forest. It’s a magical experience to witness the sunlight streaming through the octopus trees, as the wildlife begin to wake up and become active.
Keep watch for the many endemic birds including the running coua, crested coua and a variety of vangas. After your walk you’ll return to camp for a well-earned breakfast, followed by a visit to the local village to meet the Antandroy tribe, or to the local market (open on Thursdays and Saturdays) where you can browse beautiful handmade crafts.
You’ll enjoy lunch at the camp and a peaceful afternoon watching life along the Mandrare River from the terrace of your tent. This evening, you’ll head out for sundowners among the baobabs, and you’ll have the beautiful experience of watching the sunset and moonrise over these ancient trees.
In the evening, you may be treated to an incredible show of traditional dancing, singing and music, performed by the local village. Song and dance is at the heart of Antandroy culture and is used in all major rituals and life events.
After an early breakfast, you’ll board your private charter flight back to Antananarivo. The flight will take around 3.5 hours and on arrival, you’ll be met by your English speaking guide who will take you to a nearby restaurant for a delicious lunch.
After lunch, you’ll make the four-hour drive east to Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, a beautiful rainforest park with two protected areas including the Perinet Special Reserve and Mantadia National Park. The park is famous for its population of indri lemurs, the largest living lemur species on earth.
The drive to Andasibe offers an insight into rural life in Madagascar, with rice fields, redbrick houses and roadside stalls selling seasonal fruits and vegetables along the route. You’ll arrive at Mantadia Lodge in time for dinner (you’ll stay at the lodge on a full-board basis).
After breakfast, you’ll meet your guide and head out to the Perinet Reserve, a 180-hectare expanse of wilderness, famous for its population of indri, a species of lemur with distinct black and white markings, a barely visible tail, and a surprised teddy bear face, and it’s one of the few animals in the world that cannot survive in captivity.
Along with the indri, there are 11 other species of lemur to spot as you walk through the rainforest including the common brown lemur, black and white ruffed lemur, grey bamboo lemur and the diademed sifaka. Perinet Reserve is home to many reptiles, invertebrates and some of Madagascar’s thousands of orchid species, and there’s an array of birds including the blue coua, velvet asity and Nuthatch vanga.
This evening, you’ll head out on a thrilling night walk with a local guide to explore the forest surrounding the lodge. You’ll see a variety of nocturnal lemurs including the woolly lemur, mouse lemur, white-footed sportive lemur and fat-tailed dwarf lemur.
After an early breakfast, you’ll make the four-hour drive back to Antananarivo in time for lunch at a nearby restaurant. After lunch, you’ll transfer to Ivato International Airport, where you’ll board your international return flight home.
After 12 remarkable days of exploring Madagascar’s wildest and most spectacular regions, we’re sure you’ll be leaving your Madagascar Wildlife Tour with many special memories and plenty of photos and stories to share back home.