Madagascar Baobabs & Lemurs Active Safari Private Adventure Tour

Ancient Baobabs, Idyllic Islands & Lemurs


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, private charter flights, and on foot, taking in Madagascar's most famous national parks and special wildlife reserves. End the trip at a luxury eco-resort nestled on the heavenly island of Nosy Komba, where an array of exciting adventures await. This is Madagascar at its best!

11 Days

From: $5,595

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, private charter flights, and on foot, taking in Madagascar's most famous national parks and special wildlife reserves. End the trip at a luxury eco-resort nestled on the heavenly island of Nosy Komba, where an array of exciting adventures await. This is Madagascar at its best!

Highlights


  • Encounter incredible endemic wildlife, including playful lemurs, on thrilling rainforest walks

  • Explore the jagged peaks of Tsingy de Bemaraha and enjoy sunset at Avenue of the Baobabs

  • Unwind at comfortable hotels and eco-resorts, including a luxurious lodge on idyllic Nosy Komba

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Madagascar Baobabs & Lemurs Active Safari Private Adventure

Start: Antananarivo, Madagascar  End: Nosy Be, Madagascar

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Itinerary


  • Arrive at Antananarivo

    Day 1

    Welcome to Antananarivo (a.k.a. "Tana" from the French colonial era), the capital and biggest city of Madagascar. Meet an MT Sobek representative at the airport and transfer to your hotel in the heart of Tana. Enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel this evening.

    Accommodation: Palissandre Hotel & Spa

    Activity: Scenic drive and lemur encounters

    Meals: Dinner

  • Scenic Drive & Lemur Spotting in Andasibe

    Day 2

    After breakfast, depart Tana for a scenic 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 the private Mitsinjo Reserve. Operated by a local NGO, the reserve helps to fund conservation efforts and is home to a stunning array of wildlife. You can even plant an indigenous species along its reforestation trail!

    Accommodation: Mantadia Lodge

    Activity: 4-hour scenic drive and lemur encounters

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore Mantadia National Park

    Day 3

    Go deep into the biodiverse haven of Mantadia National Park. Follow rainforest trails in search of lemurs, including diademed sifakas, black-and-white ruffed lemurs, red-bellied lemurs, and indris. Be amazed by the abundance of endemic birds, from scaly ground rollers to red-breasted couas. This is a naturalist's goldmine with many seldom seen species of mammals, reptiles, and birds! Enjoy a picnic by the Rianasoa Waterfall before hiking back to the vehicle and returning to the lodge. In the evening, you may choose to go on a night walk with your local guide.

    Accommodation: Mantadia Lodge

    Activity: 1.5-hour scenic drive and lemur encounters

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Fly to Tsingy de Bemaraha

    Day 4

    Return to Tana this morning and board a private charter flight to Tsingy de Bemaraha, a stunning UNESCO-listed nature reserve. Arrive in Amborondia and settle into your boutique hotel in the heart of the reserve. After lunch, visit the otherworldly pinnacles of the Petit Tsingy — taking either the Tantely circuit or the Andadoany forest trail. Spot some of the 53 bird species and six lemur species that make their home here, and take in the fabulous views of the surrounding area.

    Accommodation: Le Soleil des Tsingy-Tsingy de Bemaraha, Madagascar

    Activity: Walking tour with wildlife encounters (easy and moderate options available)

    Transportation: 5.5-hour private vehicle transfer; 1.5-hour private charter flight transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Discover Grand Tsingy on a Walking Adventure

    Day 5

    Enjoy 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.

    Accommodation: Le Soleil des Tsingy-Tsingy de Bemaraha, Madagascar

    Activity: 5-6 hours/2-4 miles hiking with 1,297' elevation gain & loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Sunset Drive through the Avenue of Baobabs

    Day 6

    Set off on a private charter flight to Morondava, gateway to the Avenue of the Baobabs. Check into your beachside bungalow and enjoy lunch before taking a tour of the city. Then drive to the iconic Avenue of the Baobabs for a beautiful sunset among the Adansonia grandidieri, the largest of Madagascar's six species of baobab.

    Accommodation: Palissandre Cote Ouest-Morondava, Madagascar

    Transportation: 45-minute private charter flight transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Return to Antananarivo

    Day 7


    Today you'll return to Tana by private charter flight and relax at a comfortable hotel near Ivato Airport. Enjoy the heated swimming pool and newly built spa with sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, gym and spa therapies using traditional Malagasy remedies.

    Accommodation: Relais des Plateaux Hotel & Spa

    Transportation: 1.5-hour private charter flight transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Experience Island Luxury on Nosy Komba

    Day 8

    Wake today for your flight to palm-fringed Nosy Be. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by Tsara Komba staff and transferred to your exquisite luxury lodge on Nosy Komba. Take in the incredible sea views from your beautiful wood-and-thatch lodge, nestled on a hillside between the forest and the beach. Nosy Komba is a former volcano covered by lush vegetation and surrounded by sapphire-blue sea and golden, sandy beaches. It's the perfect place to unwind in nature and explore at your own pace.

    Accommodation: Tsara Komba Lodge

    Transportation: 1.5-hour flight transfer; 1-hour transfer by road and boat

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Discover the Wonders of Nosy Komba

    Day 9


    Fill your days on Nosy Komba with your own selection of activities, arranged by the hotel. Take a customized excursion to a neighboring island, spot wildlife in nature reserves, go fishing or quad biking, or explore the ocean on a snorkeling adventure. All these activities are just a few minutes away from the hotel!

    Accommodation: Tsara Komba Lodge

    Activity: Optional island activities

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Paradise Adventure on Nosy Komba

    Day 10

    Enjoy another day of activities on Nosy Komba, including exploration of beaches and the forest, or take a boat to another island in the archipelago. Like yesterday, you can try snorkeling, then relax at the lodge and admire the beauty of your natural surroundings. Raise a toast to your adventure at a farewell dinner this evening.

    Accommodation: Tsara Komba Lodge

    Activity: Optional island activities

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Depart from Nosy Be

    Day 11

    Take a morning boat transfer back to Nosy Be in time for your international outbound flight.

    Meals: Breakfast

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Dates & Prices


  • Go Private
  • Go Custom
  • Inclusions

Go Private

Go Private


Gather your favorite travel companions to share an MT Sobek adventure on an easy-to-book Private departure.

Choose from the selection of dates below for your group or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

Call or email us to get the ball rolling.

*Private trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit.

Private Trip Pricing:


2022 Pricing

2 guests from $6,795 per person double occupancy

3 guests from $6,495 per person double occupancy

2023 Pricing

8 to 10 guests from $5,895 per person double occupancy

6 to 7 guests from $5,995 per person double occupancy

4 to 5 guests from $6,495 per person double occupancy

3 guests from $6,795 per person double occupancy

2 guests from $6,995 per person double occupancy

Additional Costs:


Internal Airfare per person for 4 (varies depending on month and number of guests) from: $2,845

Private pricing excludes potential additional costs such as internal airfare, single supplement, or any park fees that may be required for the trip.

*Private trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit.

Make Your Own Dates in These Months


Go Custom

Create Your Very Own Adventure


Dreaming of an adventure designed exclusively for you? With insider access and decades of experience, our travel experts create custom tailored adventures that are perfect for families, couples, and large groups. MT Sobek's custom adventures are designed to our exacting standards and led by our award-winning adventure guides.

When to start planning? Earlier is always better when designing a custom trip. More time allows for better availability of preferred accommodations, guides and your desired activities. Ideally, start the conversation with us at least 6 months before you want to travel. If you are looking for a custom trip that departs within three months, chances are greatly diminished in securing requested accommodations and the best guides.

*Custom trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit once an itinerary is agreed upon.

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Inclusions

Price Includes


  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted in the Trip Planner)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include


  • Internal Airfare cost (ranges from $1,795 - $5,330 per person)
  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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Your Guides


The best people to immerse you in a destination are the ones who live there, which is why we feature local Adventure Guides on our trips. Here are a few that you might meet on this adventure.

Mr. Josefa

Mr. Josefa

Mr Josefa has been guiding in Madagascar for over 20 years and holds a certificate in tourism from the Madagascar Chambre of Commerce. He is dedicated to sharing Madagascar's cultural and ecological diversity and providing guests with an unforgettable experience. Mr Josefa studied English Language at the Institute of Antananarivo, and is delighted to be able to communicate his in-depth knowledge of Madagascar's unique flora and fauna to MT Sobek guests on our popular Madagascar adventures.

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Activity Level


This trip is rated activity level 3. Enjoy a mix of scenic drives and forest walks to view endemic species. Some paths may be steep and slippery, and look out for sharp rocks at Tsingy de Bemaraha. At Nosy Be, expect island activities including swimming and snorkeling.
Learn more about activity levels here.

Activity Snapshot

Day 1

Scenic drive and lemur encounters

Day 2

4-hour scenic drive and lemur encounters

Day 3

1.5-hour scenic drive and lemur encounters

Day 4

Walking tour with wildlife encounters (easy and moderate options available)

Day 5

5-6 hours/2-4 miles hiking with 1,297' elevation gain & loss

Day 9

Optional island activities

Day 10

Optional island activities

Accommodations


Boutique hotels and eco-lodges with deluxe amenities, all in the midst of pristine nature. Includes the luxurious Tsara Komba beach resort.

Palissandre Hotel & Spa
Palissandre Hotel & Spa

Overlooking the Avenue of Independence, the Palissandre Hotel & Spa offers a perfect base for exploring the city. Comfortable rooms each feature a terrace, satellite TV, and A/C. Meals are served on the terrace overlooking the Malagasy capital. The hotel showcases a bar, a swimming pool, and a fitness center.

Le Soleil des Tsingy-Tsingy de Bemaraha, Madagascar
Le Soleil des Tsingy-Tsingy de Bemaraha, Madagascar

Located at the heart of Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, Le Soleil des Tsingy offers 17 cozy and elegant bungalows, each with a private terrace, slate tile and Italian showers in the bathrooms, and large netting-covered beds. Guests cool off in the infinity pool, or dine at the restaurant while taking in dramatic views of the Manalambo River at sunset.

Palissandre Cote Ouest-Morondava, Madagascar
Palissandre Cote Ouest-Morondava, Madagascar

Situated at Nosy Kely on the beach of Morondava, Hôtel Palissandre Côte Ouest is a tropical paradise just 30 minutes from the famed Avenue of the Baobabs, and a perfect base for exploring the otherworldly Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park. Guests relax by the pool, at the bar and restaurant, and in their spacious bungalows with private terraces and sea views.

Mantadia Lodge
Mantadia Lodge

Newly constructed in 2018, this lodge is a beautiful accommodation built on a hill with views of the surrounding forest. The Mantadia has an onsite restaurant offering 3 meals per day, in addition to a gorgeous turquoise pool and spa with a variety of treatments available. The rooms have private terraces, wood burning stoves, satellite TV, and WiFi. The staff is very helpful, and the hotel has a boutique where guests can find gifts unique to the region including natural silk, and a variety of souvenirs from local artisans.

Relais des Plateaux Hotel & Spa
Relais des Plateaux Hotel & Spa

Perfectly located close to the airport, the Relais des Plateaux Hotel & Spa is an ideal stop off in a lush green setting. Its 46 comfortable rooms are tastefully furnished and well-appointed with modern amenities. The Ikambo Restaurant offers gourmet cuisine in a friendly and relaxing setting, and you can sip a cocktail or fresh smoothie at the bar.

Tsara Komba Lodge
Tsara Komba Lodge

Tsara Komba Lodge is a 4-star luxury hotel in perfect keeping with its natural surroundings. Its eight wood and thatch bungalows are perched on the forested hillside and have incredible sea views as well as high-end amenities. Savor excellent slow-food cuisine and delight in tailor-made excursions that get you to the heart of the archipelago. Experience exclusive eco-luxury at its best!

Weather


Expect a tropical maritime climate with cooler temperatures in the highlands and warmer temperatures from 70-90°F on the islands.

 
Jul
Aug
Sep
Antananarivo 
High
Low
High
Low
High
Low
Antananarivo
70
49
72
49
76
51
Nosy Be 
High
Low
High
Low
High
Low
Nosy Be
87
67
88
67
89
68

FAQs


Do I need a visa for Madagascar?

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.

Do I need vaccinations or malaria tablets?

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.

Why is the internal air so high for this trip?

We use several private charters for the itinerary because the local airline is unreliable and also the Tsingy de Bemaraha is a 10-12 hour drive from the nearest commercial airport.

How safe is Madagascar?

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.

Why should I consider Madagascar?

From magnificent mountains to idyllic islands, to triumphant trees, it\'s an exotic sanctuary that is unparalleled to any other place in this world.

Can I drink the water in Madagascar?

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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