Our Madagascar vacations
Our small group and tailor made vacations in Madagascar reveal the natural beauty of this huge island off Africa, with many species of wildlife found nowhere else. You’ll tour national parks in search of lemurs with expert local guides, helping ensure that surrounding communities have an interest in protecting often fragile habitats. Your guide’s knowledge also comes in handy when trying to understand complex cultural beliefs such as fady, which result from Madagascar’s unique and diverse heritage. Adventurous families will love it here too, especially when you combine your wildlife watching with a few days on the beach.
Our top Madagascar vacations
From US $2970 to US $332017 days ex flights
Experience the culture and wildlife of Madagascar
Small group2022: 29 Jul, 12 Aug, 2 Sep, 16 Sep, 30 Sep, 14 Oct, 21 Oct, 4 Nov, 18 Nov, 2023: 7 Apr, 5 May, 9 Jun, 28 Jul, 11 Aug, 1 Sep, 15 Sep, 22 Sep, 29 Sep, 13 Oct, 20 Oct, 3 Nov, 17 Nov, 24 Nov
From £288520 days ex flights
An adventure observing unique wildlife in Madagascar
From £227016 days ex flights
Explore Madagascar with private driver. Flights are included!
From US $275012 days ex flights
A Nature Guided adventure to Northern Madagascar
Small group2022: 6 Aug, 1 Oct, 5 Nov
About our Madagascar vacations
Lemurs & other wildlife
Lemurs are the characterful – and, for many species, critically endangered – icons of Madagascar. From the ring-tails and singing indri to miniscule mouse lemurs and dancing sifaka, our guide will tell you where to see lemurs in Madagascar. They’re not the be all and end all of wildlife here, though. Madagascar was an isolated island for around 70 million years, so around 70 percent of the fauna is endemic, including rarities like the panther chameleon, blue coua, mongoose-like fossa, and the intriguingly named satanic leaf-tailed gecko.
Walking vacations in Madagascar
Trekking vacations in Madagascar are adventures that explore the rarely trod paths of the south-central and eastern corner of the island. Expect limestone massifs, lunar-like national parks, and rare intact tracts of rainforest that shelter hundreds of endemic species. It’ll all be in the wake of a guide who can navigate unmapped trails with ease. Uncontrolled deforestation is serious business in Madagascar, so by walking here you’re also helping to prove that forests have an economic value besides vanilla farming.
National parks in Madagascar
The national parks in Madagascar are little arks – wildlife rescue boats moored on an island where around 90 percent of the forest has been destroyed. The cathedral-sized trees of Amber Mountain National Park make up the first; now there are 24 more parks to explore. You’ve got a good chance of seeing one of 12 species of lemurs in Andasibe-Mantadia National Park. Other parks display varied landscapes: the toothy massif of Andringitra National Park, the prehistoric waterfalls and canyons of Isalo National Park, and the green hills and cloud forest in Ranomafana.
Culture & tradition
Madagascar culture is a mix of Malagasy tradition and others brought by the seafaring nations that have settled here more recently, from Arabic traders to French colonists. You’ll get the best insights on vacations that use local guides wherever possible. They’ll lead you around trails on community-run nature reserves that they grew up on as children, and take you to locals-only cattle markets and silk factories. With their tips on where to buy traditional wood carvings and the freshest mangos, your money will fall directly into the hands of the communities you meet.
Types of tours & vacations in Madagascar
Most trips to Madagascar are wildlife vacations that give you the chance to see lemurs, yes, but ultimately reveal the biodiversity of an island that’s home to five percent of the planet’s species of plants and animals. They’re adventure vacations by nature. The lemurs are rarely delivered to you, and a guided hike through the rainforest is as rewarding as a sighting of a ring-tail. Small group vacations place you in the hands of real experts: you’ll follow a set itinerary designed and led by those who know Madagascar best.