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A hidden gem within the azure waters of the Indian Ocean, Madagascar beckons with its enigmatic allure and unparalleled biodiversity. This island nation, isolated for millions of years, boasts a tapestry of ecosystems found nowhere else on Earth.

From the lush rainforests of Masoala to the otherworldly spiny forests of the south, Madagascar's landscapes are as diverse as they are captivating. But, it's not just the terrain that makes this destination so beguiling; it's the remarkable array of wildlife that calls it home. Here, lemurs leap through the treetops, chameleons flaunt their vibrant hues, and baobab trees stand sentinel over the land, whispering tales of ancient wisdom.

We’ve curated a selection of Madagascar tours, each crafted to showcase the essence of this extraordinary island. Whether you're seeking encounters with the iconic lemurs, yearning to traverse rugged canyons, or craving moments of serenity amidst pristine beaches, our Madagascar tours promise an unforgettable expedition into the heart of this ecological masterpiece:

1. Ultra-Luxury Nosy Ankao Island Escape 

Aerial view of paradise | Miavana by Time + Tide

Explore Nosy Ankao, a secluded archipelago northeast of mainland Madagascar, accessible via helicopter to Miavana by Time + Tide. Discover lush forests, pristine beaches, and vibrant marine life on this idyllic retreat. Participate in thrilling land adventures like lemur forest treks and quad-biking, or dive into azure waters for snorkelling, scuba diving, and water sports. From kitesurfing and whale watching to witnessing nesting turtles (in season), there’s something for every adventurer to enjoy on this paradise island getaway. 

Highlights: 

  • Whale watching and turtle nesting (in season)
  • Sunset boat cruises
  • Cycling tours of the island
  • Traverse sacred lemur forests
  • Water sports including snorkelling, water-skiing & wake-boarding
  • Luxurious & eco-friendly island accommodation

2. Baobabs, Rainforest & The Deep South

Try to find the fossa, Madagascar’s only predator | Go2Africa

Go on a 12-day journey on one of our best tours to Madagascar, immersing yourself in its diverse landscapes and wildlife. Encounter lemurs and chameleons in their natural habitats while exploring iconic sites like Baobab Alley. You’ll also have the opportunity to engage with local communities, gaining insights into Madagascar’s rich cultural tapestry. From invigorating hikes to scenic boat rides, this journey offers a unique blend of adventure and relaxation. Led by knowledgeable guides, uncover the lesser-known treasures of Madagascar.

Highlights: 

  • Tropical rainforests with an abundance of wildlife
  • Adventurous activities including quad-biking & speed boating
  • An array of hiking trails
  • Visit the iconic Alley of Baobabs with 800-year-old trees
  • Best of both worlds: driving & flying around Madagascar
  • Great lodgings

3. Andasibe Rainforest & Magical Anjajavy

Anjajavy le Lodge poolside umbrellas and loungers | Go2Africa
The ideal pool spot | Anjajavy le Lodge

You’ll spend 11 days on one of our top Madagascar tours, starting with the lush wonders of Andasibe Rainforest. Here, within the verdant embrace of Andasibe National Park, you’ll encounter a captivating array of wildlife, from lemurs to chameleons. It’s then on to the idyllic shores of Anjajavy. Indulge in authentic Malagasy culture as you explore local villages, sampling traditional cuisine and meeting the warm-hearted locals. Glide along the coast on scenic boat rides, soaking in the breathtaking views and discovering hidden coves. 

Highlights: 

  • Wildlife encounters in Andasibe Rainforest
  • Luxury stay at Anjajavy le Lodge
  • Scenic boat rides along turquoise coastal waters
  • Authentic Malagasy cultural experiences in local villages
  • Exploration of diverse flora and fauna
  • Expert-guided adventures through Madagascar’s natural wonders

4. Madagascar Highlights (Flying Safari)

An aerial view of Mantadia Lodge in Madagascar.
A bird’s eye perspective | Mantadia Lodge

This is an extraordinary odyssey across iconic landscapes on an exclusive 11-day flying safari, one of our best tours of Madagascar. Experience the enchanting allure of Madagascar’s biodiversity from a bird’s-eye view as you soar above the verdant rainforests of Andasibe and Ranomafana National Parks, home to a plethora of lemurs and chameleons.

Marvel at the surreal beauty of the Avenue of the Baobabs and the dramatic rock formations of Isalo National Park. Immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of Malagasy culture and history, enriched by encounters with local communities. With seamless connections between destinations via scenic flights, this safari promises an unrivalled exploration of Madagascar’s natural and cultural treasures. 

Highlights: 

  • Fly-in itinerary for more time spent on safari
  • River boat tours & 4X4 adventures
  • Rare wildlife sightings
  • Perfect for hiking enthusiasts
  • Cultural tours introducing you to the locals of Madagascar

5. 11-Day South Luangwa & Madagascar

The ultimate in pampering | Miavana by Time + Tide

This 11-day tour highlights two of the world’s premier wildlife destinations, beginning with five nights in Madagascar followed by a stay in South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. In Madagascar, you’ll explore a tropical island rich in biodiversity, including unique lemur species and baobab trees, with opportunities for snorkelling, scuba diving, and marine wildlife viewing from your luxury beachfront villa at Time + Tide Miavana.

Then, fully rejuvenated, you’ll fly to Zambia for a five-night stay at the luxurious Time + Tide Chinzombo, perfectly situated for exceptional game viewing and guided walking safaris along the Luangwa River. Here, you’ll go on thrilling game drives to spot lions, elephants, and other Big Five members, and explore on foot with experienced and passionate guides.

Highlights: 

  • Diverse wildlife in Madagascar and Zambia
  • Luxury beachfront villas at Miavana Sanctuary
  • Snorkelling and diving in a protected marine area
  • Helicopter transfers and safaris
  • Epic game viewing at Chinzombo, Zambia
  • Guided walking safaris in Luangwa River area

6. Andasibe-Mantadia National Park Adventure

A modern lounge with wood finishes and a swooping staircase with windows that look out onto a garden | Go2Africa
Relax and unwind in the lounge | Maison Gallieni

Go on a 5-day safari tour through Madagascar’s premier nature reserves and parks. This short yet comprehensive tropical getaway includes stays at some of the most authentic and charming lodges in Madagascar.

Your adventure begins in the bustling capital, Antananarivo, where you’ll explore lively rooftop markets and enjoy historical walking tours. From there, journey eastward on a mystical safari through the rainforests of Andasibe-Mantadia National Park and its surrounding reserves.

During your journey, you’ll have the chance to see a variety of lemurs, including the ‘Indri Indri’ and diademed sifakas, as well as spot crocodiles and other fascinating creatures. The itinerary features hikes that range from moderate to easy, making it perfect for adventure seekers.

Highlights: 

  • Explore Madagascar’s premier nature reserves and parks
  • Immerse in vibrant Malagasy culture and history
  • Encounter unique lemurs & endemic wildlife
  • Stay at authentic, charming Malagasy lodges
  • Enjoy moderate to easy rainforest hikes
  • Discover Antananarivo’s rooftop markets and tours

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