Marvel at Madagascar, a land of intoxicating nature, exotic wildlife, and unique flora - where 90% of species are endemic. Get up-close views of the island's many wonders, from the Avenue of Baobabs to the limestone pinnacles of Tsingy de Bemaraha, spotting lovable lemurs along the way. Travel by boat, 4WD, private charter flights and on foot, taking in Madagascar's most famous national parks and the sacred hills of Antananarivo. End each day soaking up bliss in boutique hotels, small beach resorts, magical camps, and deluxe eco-lodges.
Discover some of 1,000 endemic species, including the lovely lemur in Madagascar's pristine rainforests
Tiptoe over the roof of sharp limestone pillars at Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park
Visit ancestral forests of the indigenous Antandroy people and witness traditional ritual dances
Welcome to Antananarivo (a.k.a. "Tana" from the French colonial era), the capital and biggest city of Madagascar. Meet with a MT Sobek representative at the airport and transfer to the hotel in the upper town of Tana. Meet again in the evening for a festive welcome dinner at our hotel.
After breakfast, depart Tana for a three-hour drive east to Andasibe, a stunning rainforest park with two protected areas: the Perinet Special Reserve and Mantadia National Park. Perinet is world famous for its population of Indri, the largest living lemur species. En route to Andasibe, take in the rural life - rice fields, redbrick houses, roadside fruit, and vegetable stands. After check-in and lunch, head to Lemur Island, Vakona Lodge's private reserve that protects a number of habituated lemurs. Spot four species: bamboo, black-and-white ruffed, brown, and diademed sifaka lemur.
Explore the 810-hectare Perinet Reserve in search of the Indri lemur with barely visible tails, black-and-white markings, and teddy bear faces. On a walk through the lush rainforest, look out for 11 other lemur species, including the grey bamboo, the common brown, the diademed sifaka, and the black-and-white ruffed lemur. The reserve also has endemic birds such as the velvet asity, blue coua, and nuthatch vanga. Notice the orchids - Madagascar has over a thousand species! Come evening, look for nocturnal lemurs on a forest night walk.
This morning, return to Tana to board a private charter flight to Tsingy de Bemaraha. Arrive to Amborondia, then transfer to the hotel for lunch. Nestled at the heart of a well-preserved nature park, Le Soleil des Tsingy is the ideal base for an extraordinary stay in the Tsingy of Bemaraha. For a leisurely afternoon, relax in the infinity pool and enjoy panoramic vistas.
After breakfast, drive for a full-day exploration of Grand Tsingy. Tiptoe over the sharp roof of the Tsingy, cross a high-rope bridge, and meander through pockets of dry deciduous forest. Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this forest of 130- to 160-foot razor-sharp limestone peaks was produced by the erosion of limestone massifs over millions of years. The Tsingy shelters a startling array of wildlife, including 11 species of lemur, 103 species of birds, 15 species of bats, 22 species of amphibians, and a variety of reptiles.
After breakfast, board a private charter flight to Morondava in the heart of Sakalava territory, known for its elaborately sculpted wooden royal tombs. Check into the hotel, have lunch, and enjoy a city tour before driving to the Avenue of the Baobabs for a beautiful sunset among the Adansonia grandidieri, the largest of Madagascar's six species of baobab.
After breakfast, board the private charter to Mandrare River camp. Upon arrival, settle into your tent and enjoy the majestic views over the Mandrare River. After a delicious barbecue lunch, enjoy some relaxation time, and around 5pm depart for a night walk in the Zenavo forest - a fantastic way to see diurnal lemurs bedding down, and the nocturnal lemurs begin to wake in the eerie Spiny Forest. Spot sifakas and sleeping white-footed sportive lemurs; once the sun has set, see two mouse lemur species, birds, chameleons, owls, and sporting lemurs.
After a delicious breakfast, continue to the sacred Gallery Forest in the south. Depending on the river depth, walk or take a boat across the Mandrare. Curious groups of ring-tailed lemurs and Verreaux's sifaka are the highlight of this excursion. Return to the camp for lunch and rest, then head for a walk through the sacred Spiny forest, filled with extraordinary wildlife and ancestral tombs of the Antandroy tribe. Get an introduction to the Antandroy culture and wrap up the day with sundowner cocktails by the riverbank.
Watch sunlight break through the octopus trees on an early morning walk through Spiny Forest. Look out for endemic birds: the crested and running coua and a variety of vanga. Back at the camp, breakfast is followed by a visit to the local market (on Thursdays and Saturdays), or the nearby village to meet the fascinating Antandroy tribe. At 5pm, depart for sundowners amidst the baobabs. The moon rising across the baobabs to the mountains beyond is magical. In the evening, take in a traditional dance performance.
After an early breakfast, board a private charter back to Tana. On arrival, transfer to the Relais des Plateaux for a delicious lunch and then back to the airport for homeward-bound flights.
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Sunset drives between towering baobab trees and forest night treks make this adventure through Madagascar an unforgettable journey.
Get insider access to the Spiny Forest, home to an abundance of unique wildlife and the fascinating Antandroy tribe.
With MT Sobek, stay at deluxe landscape-inspired lodging amidst the wilderness, for immersion in the pristine landscapes.
Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.
Wildlife viewing of endemic species, day and night walks through otherworldly landscapes, encounters with indigenous tribes, and unforgettable scenic drives.
Boutique hotels, small beach resorts, stylish camps, and eco-lodges with deluxe amenities, all in the midst of pristine nature.
In the highlands of Madagascar, the temperature can be 50°-60°F. During the afternoon you can expect temperatures to range from 60°-70°F. It is not uncommon to experience short, light rain showers.
No, U.S. citizens do not need a visa for stays less than 30 days. Do not go to the visa counter at the airport.
We always recommend you speak to your doctor or a health professional about vaccinations and malaria tablets well in advance of your safari. At present, certain areas of Madagascar are affected by malaria.
Yes, please contact us if you are not able to travel on the set departure dates listed. Most adventures can be arranged on alternative departure dates for a minimum of one traveler as long as accommodations are available.
Madagascar is a relatively safe country. Petty crime is high in big cities. Avoid showing off personal objects in crowded places, as you would any big city in the world.
From magnificent mountains to idyllic islands, to triumphant trees, it's an exotic sanctuary that is unparalleled to any other place in this world.
Drinking tap water is not recommended in Madagascar. We advise that you only drink bottled water, or treated water, which is readily available. It is also advisable to avoid ice in drinks and to peel fruit and vegetables before eating.
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