Madagascar - 21 days
Madagascar in Depth
Prices from £2,849

The world’s fourth largest island is an incredible place of unique traditions and astonishing biodiversity, so distinctive from anywhere that it is sometimes dubbed the ‘island continent’. This three week Madagascar tour aims to show curious visitors some of its recognised highlights but also delve a little further off the beaten track to uncover the rural life and forgotten landscapes of this charming country. Starting in the capital Antananarivo we travel west through lands seldom visited by tourists to the town of Miandrivazo, the start point for an exciting three day journey on the Tsiribinha River, passing isolated villages, looking out for wildlife and camping on the shore overnight. When we reach Belo we journey north by 4wd through remote landscapes to reach the incredible Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, a jagged land of limestone pinnacles which we explore by boat and on foot. Travelling back to Morondava, we visit the famous ‘Avenue des Baobabs’ – one of Madagascar’s most iconic sights – and then travel overland to Antsirabe, one of Madagascar’s prettiest towns. From Ambositra we head out into the surrounding countryside to discover traditional Zafimaniry villages with their beautiful carved dwellings, then continue to Fianarantsoa where we explore the charming old quarter, perhaps one of the best examples of Malagasy architecture to be found. We then meet the Betsileo people before continuing to the Tsaranoro Valley, staying in a charming tented camp and using this as our base for discovering the superb landscape and surrounding villages, for a real insight into Madagascar away from the tourist trail. At Isalo we explore its lunar landscapes, then fly back north and travel to the forests of Andasibe National Park and Akanin’ny Nofy, where we walk the trails in search of the indri and other lemurs, with great chances to see Madagascar’s extraordinary wildlife. Much more than just a ‘highlights’ trip and with real opportunities to get off the beaten track, this Madagascar tour goes further than most to offer a superb introduction to this most fascinating of countries.