Madagascar - Best Tours & Trips 2019

56 Madagascar tours from 51 tour companies. 54 reviews. 4.7/5 avg rating.
Home to some of the most alien-looking plants and animals on earth, the island of Madagascar split off from mainland Africa around 100 million years ago, causing its wildlife to evolve apart from the rest of the continent. Four-fifths of its species today are found only on Madagascar, which lies off Africa’s southeastern coast.
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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
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Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
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Madagascar Reef and Rainforests

World Expeditions
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
$ 195 / day
$ 1,559
From : $ 2,105
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Visit the spectacular region of Nosy Be which is home to some of the world's most beautiful beaches
  • Venture through the panoramic Amber Mountain National Park witnessing the exclusive array of plants and animals
  • Explore Ankarana Park and discover the lemurs and birds that inhabit the tropical region
  • Enjoy the panoramic scenery from the peak of Mont Passot and find a deeper connection with the natural world as you snorkel and scuba dive in the depths of the crystal blue waters
Visits:
Madagascar
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Magic of Madagascar

Peregrine Adventures
Premier
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15 days
$ 287 / day
$ 3,879
From : $ 5,819
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Encounter madagascar’s most famous inhabitant in the wild – be enchanted by the local lemurs and watch the white verreaux's sifakas dance across the sand.
  • As home to half of the world’s chameleon population it will not be hard to spot these unique creatures, even with their camouflage.
  • Sit down to a private candlelit dinner at reniala park in the company of the magnificent baobab trees.
  • With an included internal flight, this trip gives you more time to enjoy the beauty of madagascar and less time on the road.
  • Browse workshops to meet the artisans that specialise in crafts as diverse as printmaking, zafimaniry woodcarving and marquetry in the world heritage-listed town of ambositra.
  • A night spent at the gate of isalo national park at relais de la reine, the feature stay of this trip, where the buildings sit in canyons up against huge sandstone rocks, is utterly unique.
  • Embark on a heritage walking tour through the old tana with a local historian.
Visits:
Madagascar
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Cycle Madagascar

Exodus Travels
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
15 days
$ 227 / day
$ 3,499
From : $ 4,597
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Lush agricultural land of the north with paddy fields and fruit orchards
  • Ambositra, the arts and crafts capital of Madagascar
  • Isalo National Park, with its amazing rock formations, and natural swimming holes
  • Dense rainforest and cascading falls of Ranomafana National Park
  • White sand beaches of the fisherman’s village of Ifaty
  • Cycling through vilages
Visits:
Madagascar
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Lemurs, National Parks, and Beaches

Evaneos
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
13 days
$ 245 / day
$ 2,506
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Visits:
Madagascar
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Like Nowhere Else on Earth: The Wildlife & Cu ...

Road Scholar
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
15 days
$ 407 / day
$ 6,099
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Hike into the wilds of Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, home to more than 300 species of orchid, 20 species of lemur and an astounding array of endemic species.
  • Join a naturalist on a 4X4 ride deep into Isalo National Park to search for the iconic Ring-tailed Lemur and Verreaux's Sifaka.
  • Spend three nights in the pristine and un-touristic coastal village of Anakao, learning about the local lifestyle and endemic flora and fauna.
Visits:
Johannesburg, Madagascar
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The Big Adventure Of Madagascar

Evaneos
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
20 days
$ 189 / day
$ 2,971
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Visits:
Madagascar
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Culture & Wildlife of Madagascar

World Expeditions
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
7 days
$ 214 / day
$ 1,499
From : $ 2,099
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Cruise the lakes and canals of the Pangalanes Channel, far from the tourist trails
  • Search for lemurs and chameleons in the lush rainforest of the Perinet Reserve
  • Experience the traditional lifestyle of the coastal Malagasy fishing villages
  • Visit Pereiras Reserve and wildlife centre
  • Discover endemic wildlife in the Vakôna Reserve
  • Be immersed in the scenery, villages and forests
Visits:
Madagascar
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Canoeing Journey Down Manambolo River

Evaneos
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
9 days
$ 117 / day
$ 828
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Visits:
Madagascar
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Madagascar - Budget Birding 2020

11 days
$ 418 / day
$ 4,450
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • White-breasted & Subdesert Mesite
  • Van Dam’s
  • Sickle-billed & Blue Vanga
  • Cuckoo Roller
  • Short-legged
  • Scaly
  • Pitta-like & Long-tailed Ground Roller
  • Schlegel’s Asity
  • Coqueral’s
  • Verreaux’s
  • Running & Blue Coua
  • Madagascar Partridge
  • Bernier’s Teal
  • Madagascar (Crested) Ibis
  • Humblot’s Heron
  • Madagascar Fish Eagle
  • Madagascar Plover
  • Madagascar & White-throated Rail
  • Madagascar Sandgrouse
  • Rainforest (Malagasy) Scops Owl
  • Collared Nightjar
  • Madagascar (Ashy) Cuckooshrike
  • White-throated Oxylabes
  • Forest Rock Thrush
  • Nelicourvi Weaver
  • Forest Fody
Visits:
Madagascar
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1000 Views of Madagascar

Indus Travels
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
12 days
$ 258 / day
$ 2,899
From : $ 4,184
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Join a night walk in Andasibe National Park to see Madagascar’s famous lemurs
  • Search for wildlife in the stunning Ranomafana National Park
  • Enjoy a hike in the rugged Isalo National Park, a natural geological marvel
  • Relax and unwind in the small fishing village of Ifaty
  • Explore Madagascar’s lively capital city, Antananarivo
Visits:
Madagascar
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Madagascar - Comprehensive II 2020

22 days
$ 453 / day
$ 9,575
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Subdesert
  • Brown & White-breasted Mesite
  • Cuckoo Roller
  • Long-tailed Ground Roller
  • Blue & Red-breasted Coua
  • Schlegel’s & Velvet Asity
  • Nuthatch & Sickle-billed Vanga
  • Yellow-bellied Sunbird-Asity
  • Forest Rock Thrush
  • Appert’s Tetraka
  • Madagascar Plover
  • Thamnornis
  • Madagascar & Madagascar Sacred Ibis
  • Madagascar Fish Eagle
  • Henst’s Goshawk
  • Bernier’s Teal
  • Madagascar Wood Rail
  • Brown Emutail
Visits:
Madagascar
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Madagascar - Highlights II 2020

15 days
$ 440 / day
$ 6,400
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Subdesert Mesite
  • Cuckoo Roller
  • Long-tailed
  • Pitta-like
  • Rufous-headed
  • Short-legged & Scaly Ground Roller
  • Red-breasted
  • Red-fronted
  •  Running
  • Red-capped
  •  Blue & Giant Coua
  • Velvet Asity
  • Nuthatch
  •  Lafresnaye’s & Sickle-billed Vanga
  •  Crossley’s Babbler
  •  Banded Kestrel
  •  Madagascar & France’s Sparrowhawk
  • Madagascar Sandgrouse
  •  Madagascar Buttonquail
  •  Madagascar Owl
  • Rainforest Scops Owl
  • Madagascar & Collared Nightjar
  • Madagascar (Crested) Ibis
  • Madagascar Wood Rail
  • Brown Emutail
  • White-throated Oxylabes
  • Archbold’s Newtonia
  • Thamnornis
  •  Nelicourvi Weaver
Visits:
Madagascar
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Madagascar - Comprehensive III 2020

22 days
$ 453 / day
$ 9,575
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Subdesert
  • Brown & White-breasted Mesite
  • Cuckoo Roller
  • Long-tailed Ground Roller
  • Blue & Red-breasted Coua
  • Schlegel’s & Velvet Asity
  • Nuthatch & Sickle-billed Vanga
  • Yellow-bellied Sunbird-Asity
  • Forest Rock Thrush
  • Appert’s Tetraka
  • Madagascar Plover
  • Thamnornis
  • Madagascar & Madagascar Sacred Ibis
  • Madagascar Fish Eagle
  • Henst’s Goshawk
  • Bernier’s Teal
  • Madagascar Wood Rail
  • Brown Emutail
Visits:
Madagascar
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Madagascar - Comprehensive I 2020

22 days
$ 453 / day
$ 9,575
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Subdesert
  • Brown & White-breasted Mesite
  • Cuckoo Roller
  • Long-tailed Ground Roller
  • Blue & Red-breasted Coua
  • Schlegel’s & Velvet Asity
  • Nuthatch & Sickle-billed Vanga
  • Yellow-bellied Sunbird-Asity
  • Forest Rock Thrush
  • Appert’s Tetraka
  • Madagascar Plover
  • Thamnornis
  • Madagascar & Madagascar Sacred Ibis
  • Madagascar Fish Eagle
  • Henst’s Goshawk
  • Bernier’s Teal
  • Madagascar Wood Rail
  • Brown Emutail
Visits:
Madagascar
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Madagascar - Highlights I 2020

15 days
$ 440 / day
$ 6,400
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Subdesert Mesite
  • Cuckoo Roller
  • Long-tailed
  • Pitta-like
  • Rufous-headed
  • Short-legged & Scaly Ground Roller
  • Red-breasted
  • Red-fronted
  •  Running
  • Red-capped
  •  Blue & Giant Coua
  • Velvet Asity
  • Nuthatch
  •  Lafresnaye’s & Sickle-billed Vanga
  •  Crossley’s Babbler
  •  Banded Kestrel
  •  Madagascar & France’s Sparrowhawk
  • Madagascar Sandgrouse
  •  Madagascar Buttonquail
  •  Madagascar Owl
  • Rainforest Scops Owl
  • Madagascar & Collared Nightjar
  • Madagascar (Crested) Ibis
  • Madagascar Wood Rail
  • Brown Emutail
  • White-throated Oxylabes
  • Archbold’s Newtonia
  • Thamnornis
  •  Nelicourvi Weaver
Visits:
Madagascar
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Top Madagascar Experiences and Attractions

Top Madagascar Experiences

Spotting a ring-tailed lemur or aye-aye on a trek through the rainforest.

Snapping a photo of Madagascar’s incredible baobab trees that look like something Dr. Seuss would dream up.

Catching a chameleon in the act of changing colors in its natural habitat, under the watchful eye of an expert guide.

Searching for rare fluorescent frogs and geckos on night walks from your lodge.

Watching for whales and dolphins off the coastlines.

Staying in secluded jungle lodges either in national parks or private reserves, some reached only by airplane

Relaxing on a beach or snorkeling in Nosy Be, the largest of Madagascar’s offshore islands, known as the “perfume island.”

Taking an excursion to Nosy Komba, an island near Nosy Be, to see black lemurs.

Visiting a bustling market in Antananarivo, Madagascar’s capital city.



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Madagascar Trip Reviews

54 Madagascar Tour Reviews - Summary 100% Recommend

4.7 out of 5
Excellent 40
Great 14
Average 0
Disappointing 0
Terrible 0
Value
4.7
Guide
4.7
Activities
4.7
Lodging
4.7
Transportation
4.7
Meals
4.7

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Fantastic small tour

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Fantastic small tour with Max. The desing of the tour as well as the care for the participant is great and Max the guide did really go the extra mile for us. Really recommended!!!!

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Operator SpiceRoads Cycling

Finding King Julian!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

It was with some trepidation that I booked to go on the inaugural Madagascar cycle tour, but with only a couple of hiccups, I can quite honestly say this has been the best Exodus cycle tour I have been on. (My 4th). Madagascar is a country of such stunning natural beauty it will surely take your breath away. The trip had plenty of variety with 8 days of cycling & 2 superb days of trekking in 2 totally different National parks - the first Ranomafana - a lush jungle rainforest where everything smells damp & earthy & then Isalo Nat park which was in complete contrast with it's stunning rock formations & canyons & beautiful rich red hues of colour. Both were home to wild lemurs & having them join us for lunch at Isalo was the icing on the cake. They are cheeky & naughty & won't miss an opportunity to steal food. No two days of cycling were ever the same - the landscape constantly changes from beautiful valleys with terraced rice paddies & fields of assorted crops, colourful, noisy villages where the children fall about laughing hysterically at these white people riding bikes! Some real "off road" riding on dirt roads/tracks. Long stretches of road disappearing for miles in front of you, magestic rock formations & the hills! Madagascar is not flat & some days I'm sure we spent as much time going up as we did coming down! The gradients are not too bad though and on our lovely new bikes were easily manageable.
Our moment of reflection at Isalo National Park.
Getting up close with lemurs in their natural surroundings.
Breathtaking scenery & landscapes.
The opportunity to see something of village life & how hard working the people are.

Mel was an inspiration himself! He certainly had his work cut out for him from the start with 5 people off the group flight arriving minus their luggage & Exodus's brand new bikes sitting at the airport tied up in red tape. Luckily everyone was reunited with their gear by about day 2/3 & we finally got our lovely new bikes on day 4 after riding loan bikes hired virtually the day before we arrived. Mel went out of his way to ensure everyone was enjoying themselves. He always had a smile, a sense of humour & an aura of calmness even when everything could easily have gone pear shaped. He kept us well informed of any changes - like our flight from Tulear which changed from a late afternoon flight to a very early morning flight virtually within an hour! If there was something we wanted to do that wasn't necessarily in the itinerary (like an impromptu village visit) like a genie, Mel delivered! Over the course of our journey, he also became an expert at finding "lady bushes" - an essential skill when there are no "real" toilets virtually anywhere en route! Mel is so very passionate about his country & it is easy to see why. He also takes the most stunning photos!

In June, be prepared for some cold, possibly wet days. There are few opportunities to dry wet clothes in these conditions ( no matter how quick drying your fabrics might be) so extra changes & plenty of warm layers are essential. Our snacks were plentiful & varied. Lunches were generally "picnics" so we would either stop at a supermarket or the hotel would make baguettes. Overall the food in Madagascar was good & reasonably cheap. Breakfasts were generally always eggs - fried, scrambled or omelette so if you have an aversion to them you can buy cereal at the supermarket.

Put this trip at the top of your bucket list - you will not be disappointed. The variety, the wildlife, the scenery, the people (& Mel!) - this trip has it all.

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Operator Exodus Travels

Fantastic! Guide very helpful and knowledgable

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Activities full on with down time to rest at the end. A beautiful place and in the short I was there, I managed to see a range of landscapes and participate in a wide range of activities.

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Operator On The Go Tours

- price / service balance is really

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

- price / service balance is really good (high value for money)_x000D_
- the tour guide was excellent_x000D_
- no problem at all during the whole trip, everything perfectly organized_x000D_

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Operator Intrepid Travel

What a great trip we had and have nothing but praise for World Expeditions and how our Guide Lova and our driver Deva looked after us

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

We had so much fun with them. Accommodation and food was all good. Vehicle was good and managed those terrible roads really well. The National Parks are something and the local guides that were chosen there were excellent. We were given lots of chances to walk and explore the villages and anything of interest along the highway.

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Operator World Expeditions

Madagaskar cycling

4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0

Altogether a good trip, would do it again!
Seeing the people happy, although they are very poor (in western standard).

Friendly and helpful, knows a lot about the nature and animals.

Bring your own moskito -net, because most hotels don't provide it.
Avoid milk and cheese and yoghurt .....

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Madagascar Tours and Travel Guide

Madagascar Attractions & Landmarks Guide

Madagascar, the world’s fourth largest island, is known as the “Galapagos of Africa,” serving as a kind of living laboratory in the Indian Ocean. After splitting off from mainland Africa around 100 million years ago, and now lying some 225 miles away across the Mozambique Channel, its endemic animal species developed fully apart from the rest of the continent -- and the world.

Almost all of its mammal species -- including the island’s famous lemurs, a primitive type of primates -- are found nowhere else on earth. (The two major exceptions are bats as well as some lemurs found on the nearby Comoros Islands.)

Madagascar’s biodiversity is among the richest on the planet. Some 11,000 endemic plant species blanket the island, and more species of both flora and fauna are being discovered every year -- even as many others become endangered and face extinction.

Madagascar’s birds, reptiles, and amphibians are also mostly endemic. The world’s biggest and smallest chameleons, the world’s biggest primates (400-pound lemurs, now extinct) and the world’s largest bird -- the elephant bird, also now extinct -- are or were all found here.

Lemurs Are the Stars

Lemurs are the big draw in the wildlife parade. Madagascar has more than 100 species or subspecies of lemurs including pygmy mouse lemurs, the world’s smallest primates. Among the better known species are ring-tailed lemurs, aye-ayes, indris and sifakas. Loss of habitat and hunting, however, have also left lemurs the world’s most endangered primates.

The country has been aggressively establishing parks and reserves to try to protect those remaining, and deforestation has dropped dramatically in those areas. But a healthy eco-tourism industry, bringing much needed jobs and revenues into an impoverished country, is essential to maintaining their rainforest habitats.

You can look for lemurs in a number of locations throughout the island. One of the best is Montagne d’Ambre National Park, a rainforest wilderness dotted with lakes and waterfalls in the northern reaches of the island. It’s also home to the world’s smallest chameleons, among the park’s 59 species of reptiles.

Another park in the northern part of the island, Ankarana Reserve, is also rich in wildlife and plant life, as is Andasibe National Park in eastern Madagascar, where you may see several varieties of lemurs, birds and chameleons. A private reserve, Palmarium Park, also on the eastern side of the island, showcases lemurs as well as various endemic trees and plants including orchids and mahogany trees.

Giant Baobabs

Giant baobabs, though, with their massive, gnarly trunks, are the most striking trees on the island. Madagascar is ringed by tropical beaches, which provide a great way to relax after tracking lemurs or spotting chameleons in the rainforests. One of the best places to recharge is Nosy Be, a much smaller island that lies about ten miles offshore, where the beaches are lined with palm trees and the snorkeling and diving are excellent amid the coral reefs.

The inland capital and largest city, Antananarivo (Tana), is built on hills and features steep stair-step streets, busy markets and old palaces to explore, while coastal Antsiranana (formerly Diego-Suarez) at the northern tip of Madagascar is located on a beautiful bay.

By far the best way to see endangered lemurs and other exotic wildlife on Madagascar is via guided tours, led by experts in navigating the local rainforests and highlands. You can rely on Stride to help you find the best outfitters on this unforgettable island.

The Different Ecological Regions of Madagascar

Madagascar is the world’s fourth largest island and as such exhibits several microclimates and the temperature fluctuates dramatically. There are 5 major climate zones (also called biomes) in Madagascar:

1. Desert - Southern Madagascar exhibits desert landscapes, most notable for the “Spiny Forest” which only thrive in this particularly arid region of Madagascar. If you visit the Spiny Forest, you’ll see plants that belong to the “Didiereaceae” family and are native to Madagascar - seen very little anywhere else on earth.

2. Savanna - The southern part of Madagascar is also where you’ll find large and flat savanna landscape, famous for the whimsically shaped Baobab trees.

3. Tropical Rainforest - Central Madagascar and the eastern coasts have high humidity and rainfall - the perfect conditions for Tropical Rainforest. Along the coasts the conditions are very similar to the Amazon basin. In the Lowland Madagascar rainforest is where you’ll find a majority of the famous ring tailed lemurs.

4. Mountain Range - There is also a large mountain range in Madagascar, running from the northern part of the island to the south. The highest peak is known as “Maromokotro” in the Tsaratanana Reserve and is open to experienced climbers.

5. Wetland - The Madagascar wetland regions run along the coasts. Mangrove forests thrive in these ecosystems, as do a large majority of Madagascar’s diverse bird population.

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Things to Know Before You Go

Is Madagascar Safe?

Madagascar, overall, is safe for travelers but certain precautions should be taken into consideration when visiting here. Madagascar is a developing country and also very poor. Due to this, when visiting major cities, you will see lots of people asking for money. Although this is not necessarily a safety concern, it is something that should be noted.

You should also be careful when wearing or displaying valuable items. There are thieves who target tourists. Always be mindful of your belongings when traveling through busy streets. It should also be noted that when you are taking a guided tour, these issues are always taken into consideration which alleviates the stress of safety.   

Madagascar Luxury Tours

Contrary to popular expectations, there are multiple opportunities for both premium tours and luxury tours in Madagascar.

One way to see the rugged, undeveloped landscapes of Madagascar without sacrificing any comfort is by cruise. Free of concerns about running, bugs, and having to unpack multiple times,  a cruise is a great way to explore the island in its entirety.

There are also several tours which stay in high-end, exclusive hotels, with every modern comfort and fantastic views. On these sorts of trips, you are not only guaranteed amazing lodging and meals -- you will also have the chance to fully experience Madagascar. For example, you may go scuba diving in the aqua waters of the Mozambique Channel or the Indian Ocean, or take a river cruise up the Pangalanes Canal.

Volunteering in Madagascar 

Madagascar is one of the 12 poorest countries in the world, and first time visitors are usually shocked by this and the country’s environmental conditions. As has become a trend over the years for those visiting Africa, many tourists have questions about giving toys to children in Madagascar. If you are motivated to give back, there are a couple ways you can do so.

Firstly, in regards to giving directly to children, there are pros and cons. While it is one good way to make sure that your gifts reach their target, it is better to think about the long term impact of your gift. Giving colored pens, pencils, and paper is a good way of still giving a “toy”, but inspiring creativity and potentially helping a child in school. Basic goods we take for granted, such as clean socks and simple bulk T-shirts,  will also be greatly appreciated.

There are also several charitable organizations you can donate to that will distribute money in the local community. Some examples of these include the Access Madagascar Initiative, Blue Ventures, and Conservation International.

Madagascar Tours and Safaris

Tours of Madagascar usually have a strong emphasis on its unique and mystifying wildlife which delights tourists and ecologists alike. Madagascar’s points of interest include Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve, Isalo National Park, spiny forests, Ranomafana National Park, and scouting lemurs in Anja Reserve. Madagascar has such a rich and diverse terrain making no destination boring.

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