This 1,000km privately-guided personally-tailorable journey provides you with one of the best opportunities to see a significant cross-section of Madagascar: its wildlife, habitats, landscapes, people, mountains and coast.
Madagascar is the size of France, but with very poor infrastructure, so it is easy to come away from travelling in this country feeling as though your holiday has just skimmed the surface. This journey is designed to explore far and wide, with your own guide and vehicle to set the pace and adjust your focus as you go.
Wildlife & Habitats
Of natural habitats, this journey makes an early call at the primary rainforest reserve of Ranomafana. This is Madagascar's 4th largest protected area, comprising 12 species of lemur including the Golden Bamboo Lemur which was only discovered in 1986. There is a vast array of other wildlife, birdlife, insects and flora besides, lost within a landscape of rolling rainforest-clad hills, waterfalls and river valleys.
Continuing south, you will tour one of Madagascar's most important community reserves at Anja Village, famous for its population of Madagascar's signature mammal: the Ring-Tail Lemur (Lemur catta), known locally as maki.
The Isalo National Park is one of Madagascar's most scenic national parks, providing wonderful walking and trekking opportunities to admire its deep canyons, eroded sandstone cliffs, palm-lined valleys and open grasslands. This is another place where we can find Ring-tailed Lemurs, as well as Verreaux's Sifaka (Propithecus verreauxi) and Red-fronted Brown Lemurs (Eulemur rufifrons). Of 82 species of bird, the Madagascan Ibis (Lophotibis cristata) with its long curved beak, red face, metallic black neck and bright white wings stand out from its mainly rufous brown body feathers.
Heading further south still, we reach dry forests of the Zombitse - Vohibasia National Park, where baobab trees begin to appear. When we reach the Indian Ocean at Ifaty, we can take you into Madagascar's unique spiny forest habitat.
Rural & Urban Life in Madagascar
This journey will also provide a slice of life through Madagascar, starting with the capital and the spa town of Antsirabe, known for its thermal springs, French colonial buildings and colourful rickshaws which are always worth a ride in.
You will also see a vast amount of countryside on this journey, with terraced paddy fields and very red isolated earth brick and thatch houses. These aggregate into villages and medieval-looking towns where you will see busy markets with local produce. This is often to a backdrop of high granite mountains, including Madagascar's 3rd highest mountain at Ankaratra, where you can admire the wider scenery from the Tritriva Crater Lake.
Life becomes harsher as we head south west, where Tandroy herdsmen walk their zebu. We will also see some of the tombs they build to bury their dead. We will leave it to your guide to explain the long funeral process the Tandroy go through.