From wide-eyed lemurs and spiny octopus trees to thousand-year-old baobabs, mangrove swamps, sifakas, and rock spindle forests, the Republic of Madagascar is like no other place on earth. The world's fourth largest island was cast adrift from mainland Africa some 88 million years ago, and this evolutionary bubble in the Indian Ocean has been evolving on its own timeline ever since. So much so, that 90 percent of the plant and animal species are endemic, including more than 70 different lemur species and six of the world's eight baobab!
Visiting Madagascar is a trip-of-a-lifetime for most, and joining an outfitter like MTS allows you to relax and appreciate the experience without worrying about the logistics. Our 14-day trip offers a solid introduction to this fascinating island and is geared towards active nature lovers with an appetite for adventure. Explorations take place by boat, 4WD, and foot, and include four of Madagascar's most famous national parks, the sacred hills around Antananarivo, and the coral reefs of Nosy Be. Along the way you'll learn about the country's equally unique (and very sacred) cultural rituals like famadihana, which literally means "turning of the bones." Unwind in comfort at night in small, intimate beach resorts and deluxe eco-lodges—all set within a tropical paradise.